There is a large amount of controversy over the idea of zoos and if they really are a safe place for animals. There are some zoos that definitely are not open in their animal’s favor; however, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is ranked #3 on USA Today’s 10 Best zoos zoos in the country for their extensive care for their animals, hospitality, and visitor attractions. One thing that the Cincinnati Zoo is also highly accredited for is their animal breeding program, which means lots of zoo babies. And if there one thing that most people can agree on, it’s that baby animals are absolutely adorable. Here is an update on the Cincinnati Zoo’s latest zoo babies:
Born on Friday, February 3, 2017 are these three sweet, little Malaysian tiger cubs. The babies are in extensive care in the Zoo’s nursery and are expected to be moved to their outdoor habitat in Cat Canyon in early spring. Check out the Cincinnati Zoo’s blog for the full story.
Born six weeks early, baby hippopotamus, Fiona was born on January 24, 2017. Being premature, she only weighed 29 lbs when she first came out, which is about 25 lbs less than the average new born hippo. However, she has been on around the clock care in the Zoo’s nursery and is gaining the weight and strength that she needs.
Animal care staff selected some stinky, mild and sharp names for the African painted dog pups born on October 16, 2016. The puppy cheese tray includes Nacho and Muenster, the two males, Bleu, Brie, Gouda, Queso, Colby, Swiss, Cotija, Mozzarella and Feta. #siblings #conservation #savingspecies #cincinnati #cincinnatizoo #closeenoughtocare #painteddog #africanpainteddog #dogs #dog #dogsofinstgram #puppies #puppy #puppiesofinstagram #puppylove
Next are the twelve painted dog pups! Born on Oct. 16, 2016 from their mother Imara (ee-MAH-rah). These twelve little rascals seem like they would be a handful, however, Imara raised ten pups back in 2015, so she is used to puppy shenanigans by now!
Then there are these two adorable baby giraffes, Cora and Zoey! Born just two months apart, Zoey was born on Sept. 13, 2016 from her mother Jambo and Cora was born on July 27, 2016 from her mother Cece.
Rise & shine Redd, Willow & Cathryn. ? These preemie cubs are getting bigger & stronger every day! They will join the Zoo's Cat Ambassador Program to become animal ambassadors for their wild counterparts. #Caturday #catsofinstagram #cheetah #cheetahcub #cincinnati #cincinnatizoo #conservation #savingspecies #closeenoughtocare
Finally, there are the premature cheetah cubs, Redd, Willow, and Cathryn. These three were born in a literal of five on March 8, 2016. The babies were born prematurely and were receiving round the clock critical care for months. After months of staying in the nursery, they have finally been moved into Cat Canyon and are being trained to join the Zoo’s Cat Ambassador program!
The Cincinnati Zoo is highly recognized for their animal care and breeding program. For more updates on their wildlife and zoo babies, visit http://cincinnatizoo.org/. This is a bi-monthly newsletter, featuring updates on births of new babies and updates on growth and wellness of current babies.