ZooBorns!: Zoo Babies from Around the World

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9781442443297: ZooBorns!: Zoo Babies from Around the World

A Classic Board Book edition of the bestselling and irresistible ZooBorns!

Pulled from the pages of the wildly popular ZooBorns blog, this board book presents the most charming critters ever: baby animals, ranging from the adorable to the zany! Featuring full-color photographs on every page and a cozy text perfect for reading aloud, this book is sure to become a must-have for animal lovers of all ages, especially perfect for small hands.

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About the Author:

Andrew Bleiman is a lifelong animal nerd who serves on the Auxiliary Boards of the Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He also runs Zooillogix.com, a bizarre zoology news blog on the ScienceBlogs Network (a division of Seed Media). In his day job he develops new media strategy for the Bradford Group.

Chris Eastland
is a classically trained artist and photographer who studied and taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Chris was formerly the Photography Editor for Quest Magazine.

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Name: Miracle Kitten

Species: Ocelot

Home: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

D.O.B.: 10/31/2008

Status: Least Concern

Sometimes nature needs a little help, and this feisty Miracle Kitten is the result. Only the third ocelot in history to be born through artificial insemination, Miracle Kitten was specifically conceived to bolster this rare species. Reproductive scientists like those who brought Miracle Kitten into the world are key to addressing the conservation and management challenges associated with ocelots.

Menari means “dance” in Indonesian—a fitting name for a great ape that swings gracefully from branch to branch among the treetops.

Known for their intelligence, orangutans use tools to catch tasty termites and scrape stinging spines off their favorite fruits.

With only a few thousand Sumatran orangutans remaining in the wild, these red apes could soon become extinct in their native home.

Bob MacLean / Audubon Zoo

Name: Menari

Species: Sumatran Orangutan

Home: Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, Louisiana

D.O.B.: 6/10/2009

Status: Critically Endangered

Species: Swift Fox

Home: Calgary Zoo, Canada

D.O.B.: 4/22/2009

Status: Least Concern

Calgary Zoo / Jennifer Potter

These were the first pups for swift fox father Beren and mother Foxy Cleopatra, who have proven to be attentive parents.

Swift foxes were hunted to extinction in Canada in the 1930s. Luckily, experts were able to rebuild the Canadian population by breeding and transferring swift foxes from the United States.

Name: Margaret Abigail

Species: Giraffe

Home: WCS’s Bronx Zoo, New York

D.O.B.: 2/17/2008

Status: Endangered

Curious and playful, Margaret Abigail is never far from mom’s gentle touch.

Margaret Abigail may look tiny, but she is already taller than most humans. At birth, giraffe calves weigh 100-150 lbs (45–68 kgs) and stand 6 feet tall (1.8 meters). As adults, females may reach 1,800 lbs. (816 kg) and 16 feet tall (5 meters) or more!

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Name: Kit

Species: Sea Otter

Home: Monterey Bay Aquarium, California

D.O.B.: January 2010

Status: Endangered

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) program has been studying and trying to save the threatened southern sea otter since 1984.

Kit came to the Aquarium as part of this program after the five-week-old pup was found stranded. Here she was introduced to a nine-year-old sea otter named Mae, who helps teach Kit how to groom herself, eat, dive, and play.

Sea otter populations are rebounding thanks to conservation efforts like SORAC. However, the species is still vulnerable to other threats like oil spills.

© Monterey Bay Aquarium / Randy Wilder

Species: Gentoo Penguin

Home: SeaWorld San Diego, California

D.O.B.: November 2009

Status: Near Threatened

For the first few months of life, penguin chicks have soft, downy feathers. After their first molt, this fluffy plumage is replaced by small, tightly packed feathers that will protect the penguins from frigid sub-Antarctic seas.

Names: Tai and Pip

Species: Red Panda

Home: Edmonton Valley Zoo, Canada

D.O.B.: 5/26/2008

Status: Vulnerable

Jesse Popowicz / City of Edmonton

Still sporting the grayish fur of babyhood, Tai and Pip will soon develop the thick, rusty-colored fur of adult red pandas.

The word panda means bamboo-eater in Nepalese, so it’s no surprise to learn that these raccoon-sized critters love to munch on tasty bamboo leaves. Scientists continue to debate their relationship to another famous bamboo-eater, the much larger black-and-white giant panda.

Wild red panda populations are threatened by deforestation and poaching for their fur. In China, red panda tails are prized for making hats!

Name: Sasa

Species: Banded Mongoose

Home: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indiana

D.O.B.: 11/26/2009

Status: Least Concern

Cheryl Piropato / Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Sasa is one of six siblings, including brothers Shangaza, Shitua, Sitini, and Shukuru, and sister, Sena.

Banded mongooses are champion chompers, with needlelike teeth for eating insects, lizards, and small rodents, which are excavated with sharp claws.

Extremely social, mongooses are rarely alone. Even when sleeping, they pile together in a furry heap.

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Home: SeaWorld Orlando, Florida

D.O.B.: August 2009

Status: Endangered

Just one week old when Hurricane Bill struck, these loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings never completed their dangerous journey to the sea. Instead, they were scooped up by park rangers and sent to SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Team for a few days of pampering until the seas calmed down.

Though these little loggerheads made it to safety, many do not. Street lights and human activity can lure hatchlings toward traffic instead of the ocean.

In the United States, conservationists patrol beaches to locate turtle nests, count eggs, and protect them from beach visitors, dogs, and raccoons.

Jason Collier/SeaWorld

After falling from her mother’s pouch, little Rooby was quickly rescued by zookeepers. But keepers were unable to determine which female ’roo had lost her joey, so they fashioned a fleece pouch for Rooby and successfully nursed her with a bottle.

Darlene Stack / Assiniboine Park Zoo

The largest of all kangaroos, red kangaroos can be found in nearly all parts of Australia.

Name: Rooby

Species: Red Kangaroo

Home: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Canada

D.O.B.: March 2009

Status: Least Concern

Name: Kali and Durga

Species: Bengal Tiger

Home: Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, Florida

D.O.B.: 10/4/2008

Status: Endangered

Robert La Follette.
Taken at Lowry Park Zoo

Contrary to popular belief, white tigers are not albinos, nor are they a separate species. These blue-eyed beauties are most often Bengal tigers carrying an unusual gene that results in white, rather than orange, fur. Wild white tigers are rare. Why? Even tiger cubs have predators, and a bright white coat makes them an easy mark.

At first, zookeepers had a hard time telling brother and sister Kali and Durga apart. But a closer look at the chocolate brown stripes on the cubs’ faces revealed that each has its own unique markings.

Species: Vancouver Island Marmot

Home: Calgary Zoo, Canada

D.O.B.: 4/22/2009

Status: Least Concern

Calgary Zoo / John Ternan
and © Oli Gardner (bottom right)

The feisty Vancouver Island Marmot is Canada’s most endangered mammal, with only about 30 living in the wild in 2003. However, institutions like the Calgary Zoo have launched aggressive breeding and release programs that have since bolstered the wild population to 200 or more!

© Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Name: Miki

Species: Beluga Whale

Home: Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois

D.O.B.: 8/16/2007

Status: Near Threatened

Often called “canaries of the sea,” beluga whales squeal, chirp, cluck, and whistle to one another as they swim. Shedd Aquarium’s whales even mimic the sounds of the scuba divers who clean their habitat!

Two layers of blubber keep wild belugas warm in the frigid Arctic waters.

Newborn calves like Miki sport on their sides big wrinkles called fetal folds. As the calf grows bigger, the folds smooth out.

When Miki was hungry, he would nudge mom’s belly to let her know it was dinner time and to stimulate milk production.

Species: White Rhinoceros

Home: Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, Florida

D.O.B.: August 2009

Status: Near Threatened

The white rhinoceros is the second largest land mammal after the elephant, but that doesn’t mean it’s slow. White rhinos can run at speeds over 30 mph (50 kph)!

Busch Gardens participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure genetic diversification among threatened and endangered animals in zoos. This birth brings their total white rhino population to nine.

Matt Marriott / Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Species: Potto

Home: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ohio

D.O.B.: 12/23/2008

Status: Least Concern

Primitive primates, pottos have strong opposable thumbs, which allow them to hold on tight in the treetops. Mother pottos “park” their babies on a secluded tree branch while they forage for fruit and bugs.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Species: Piping Plover

Home: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois

D.O.B.: 4/2/2009

Status: Near Threatened

Nearly wiped out along the Great Lakes due to hunting and housing development, the piping plover has staged a small comeback thanks to conservation efforts like those at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This tiny plover was one of three hatched from abandoned eggs; all three were reared and released by the Zoo in 2009.

Joel Pond / Lincoln Park Zoo

Name: Amani

Species: Aardvark

Home: Detroit Zoo, Michigan

D.O.B.: 12/8/2008

Status: Least Concern

All ears, wrinkles, and toenails, Amani the aardvark weighed less than four pounds at birth.

Even though Amani’s too young to eat insects just yet, his super snout is ready for action. With a keen sense of smell and superb hearing, aardvarks can easily zero in on their favorite food, termites, eating up to 50,000 in a single night!

Mark M. Gaskill - Phoenix Innovate. Taken at the Detroit Zoo

Joachim S. Muller taken at Opel Zoo

Species: Wildcat

Home: Opel Z...

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