Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Baby boom at the zoo!

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Full disclosure: I get really excited about baby zoo animals.

But this year even those of us not overcome by the "cute factor" should be thrilled about the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's new arrivals. Because aside from a "precocious" porcupette, a darling red river hoglet, and a fuzzy wallaby joey, the zoo has three lynx kittens. This is the first time our zoo has successfully bred the threatened lynx.

The kittens, by the way, aren't on display yet, but they will be soon.

And now for the good part ... baby pictures:

The lynx kittens.

The red river hoglet

The porcupette.

The wallaby joey

What do a porcupette, a hoglet, two joeys and three lynx kittens have in common? They are all new arrivals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! The month of May has been busy with babies and one of them will make its debut tomorrow!

A male red river hoglet, born Thursday evening, May 9, 2013, will be viewable by the public for the first time tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Red River Hog exhibit (located in African Rift Valley across from the giraffe building). This will be the first time the two-pound hoglet will explore the space with his entire family — which includes, mother Ari (are-ee), father Hubert and siblings Akoni (ah-cone-ee’) and Safara (sa’-far-ah), who were born at the Zoo in March 2011.

A porcupette, or baby porcupine, was born on May 8, 2013 to first-time parents Nale (nah'-lay) and Elan. The baby was born weighing 486 grams (a little over a pound). Zoo veterinarians will not be able to determine if it's a boy or a girl for approximately 30 days. The littlest porcupine in Rocky Mountain Wild has been precocious from the start and can already be seen exploring the exhibit.

Three lynx kittens were also born on May 8 to mother, Migina (mah-gee’-nah) and father, Kajika (kah-gee’-kah). This is the first time this threatened species has successfully bred at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Animal keepers are taking the advice of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan experts by staying out of the behind-the-scenes indoor holding building as much as possible and not having mother and kits in the outdoor exhibit for at least six weeks. The public will not be able to view the lynx kittens until they are given access to the outside yard. The Zoo will make a special announcement to the public when the kittens are allowed outdoors.

Two wallaby joeys are also calling Cheyenne Mountain Zoo their home this summer. Arriving from Texas on May 2, the seventh-month-old male, and six-month-old female can be seen up-close by guests in the Wallaby Walkabout.

In keeping with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tradition, all Zoo babies will be named after they are 30 days old. To view the Zoo’s new additions, visit: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjFbuNVA.

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