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Awww: Mother and Daughter Sumatran Orangutans Spend Morning on Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo

Posted at 10:16 pm November 8, 2013 by PR
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Awww: Mother and Daughter Sumatran Orangutans Spend Morning
on Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo

     A two-week-old, female Sumatran orangutan at the San Diego Zoo is cradled by her mother, Indah, who inspects the baby’s hands and fingers. The baby, sporting shaggy, reddish-orange hair in tufts was born with spindly arms, longer than her body, and a natural instinct to hold tightly to her mother.

 
     Indah gave birth to the baby Oct. 25 in her off-exhibit bedroom under the watchful eyes of her keepers. Animal care staff report the little primate is healthy, nursing, and being very well taken care of by her protective and attentive mother. This is the second baby born to Indah, and dad, Satu, who shares the same habitat but takes no role in caring for the youngster.
 
     The baby and her mother can be seen in their exhibit on Orangutan Trail at the San Diego Zoo. They also may be watched on the Zoos Ape cam at www.sandiegozoo.org/apecam.
 
     Orangutans are native to the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The Sumatran orangutan is critically endangered, with an estimate of less than 7,000 remaining in the wild. Their populations have declined drastically in recent years as a result of habitat conversion to palm oil plantations, over-harvesting of timber and human encroachment.

Photo taken on Nov. 8, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.


 
 
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“Kids Free” Presented by Mission Fed Underway at San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 11:20 pm October 1, 2013 by PR
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“Kids Free” Presented by Mission Fed Underway at
San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

October Offers Children Ages 11 and Younger Free Admission to Zoo, Safari Park

     Nindiri, a six-year-old female jaguar at the San Diego Zoo, savors a delectable treat in the form of a brain-shaped bloodsicle. The icy treat for the jaguar is a special form of enrichment. Enrichment is important for the animals in the Zoo, as it keeps them stimulated and active, allowing them to show their natural behaviors.
 
     This type of animal enrichment, along with educational shows and kid-friendly activities, await visitors to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park in October during Kids Free presented by Mission Fed.
 
     Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission to both the Zoo and Safari Park. For more information on Kids Free presented by Mission Fed, show times and activity schedules, visit www.sandiegozoo.org/kidsfree

     Photo taken on Oct. 1, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo

 
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“Kids Free” Presented by Mission Fed Underway at San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 10:40 pm October 1, 2013 by PR
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“Kids Free” Presented by Mission Fed Underway at
San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

October Offers Children Ages 11 and Younger Free Admission to Zoo, Safari Park

     A woma, a python native to central Australia, offered children visiting the San Diego Zoo a special, up-close animal encounter. This type of encounter, along with fun and educational shows, special animal enrichment, and plenty of kid-friendly activities await visitors to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park during Kids Free presented by Mission Fed.
 
     Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission to both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. For more information on Kids Free presented by Mission Fed, show times and activity schedules, visit www.sandiegozoo.org/kidsfree

     Photo taken on Oct. 1, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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San Diego Zoo’s Cutest Animal Ambassador Needs Name

Posted at 10:11 pm September 16, 2013 by PR
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San Diego Zoo’s Cutest Animal Ambassador Needs Name

      The youngest member of the San Diego Zoo’s animal ambassador team cuddled up close to senior keeper Katie Miller this morning during a training session. This five- month-old is a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth and is currently being trained to meet people up close during special animal presentations and outings.

 
     The baby sloth is in need of a name and the Zoo has carefully selected four names for the public to vote on:     Xena (pronounced ZEE-nah): The taxonomic superorder Xenarthra is comprised of armadillos, sloths and anteaters.     Dulce (pronounced DUEL-say): This is Spanish for sweet

     Guiana (pronounced gee ON a): Two-toed sloths are native to this region in northeastern South America.

     Subida (pronounced soo BEE dah): In Spanish, this word means rise, increase, ascent, and way up.

    To help name this young sloth, go to the San Diego Zoo’s Facebook page or click http://bit.ly/nameoursloth.

 
     Sloths are slow-moving, solitary, arboreal, forest-dwelling nocturnal herbivores, found in tropical forests and cloud forests in Central and South America. Their sharp claws are 3 to 4 inches long and come in handy for hanging onto trees. Sloths sleep 15 to 18 hours per day and (slowly) look for food the rest of the day.
 
     Photo taken on Sept. 16, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cheers to You, Bai Yun! San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Matriarch Turns 22

Posted at 9:40 pm September 7, 2013 by PR

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CHEERS TO YOU, BAI YUN!
San Diego Zoo Giant Panda Matriarch Turns 22
     Bai Yun (pronounced by yoon), a giant panda at the San Diego Zoo, celebrates her 22nd birthday by sifting through the ice “confetti” on her birthday cake in search of sliced apples, her favorite treat.
 
     Panda lovers filled the Zoo’s Panda Trek this morning to watch the beloved bear as she enjoyed her five-foot tall, 125-pound cake, made for Bai Yun by the Zoo’s nutritional services team. The cake, which took four weeks to build, was made of water frozen into layers and bamboo pieces were used to support the tiers. The elaborate creation featured toasting glasses and ice pieces cut into the number 22, and was decorated with bamboo leaves, sliced apples, carrots, and “icing” made of steamed yams.
 
     Bai Yun arrived at the San Diego Zoo in September 1996 on loan from China. Since her arrival at the Zoo, she has proven to be a wonderful ambassador for her species, helping researchers and keepers learn about panda behavior, pregnancy and birth, and maternal care. She has given birth to six cubs: Hua Mei in 1999, Mei Sheng in 2003, Su Lin in 2005, Zhen Zhen in 2007, Yun Zi in 2009, and Xiao Liwu in 2012. Bai Yuns own birth in 1991 was unique as well: it marked the first successful birth of a giant panda at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in China.

Photo taken on Sept. 7, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Another Panda Birthday at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 9:21 pm August 5, 2013 by PR
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PHOTO NEWS RELEASEAnother Panda Birthday at San Diego Zoo
Yun Zi Receives Ice Cake for His Fourth Birthday

     Yun Zi (pronounced yoon zah), a male giant panda, checked out his birthday cake this morning at the San Diego Zoo. The birthday boy turned four years old today and received an elaborate four-foot-tall ice cake, topped with a big ice “4″ and filled with some of his favorite treats - apples and yams. Yun Zi’s celebration came just one week after his brother, Xiao Liwu (pronounced sshyaoww lee woo), celebrated his first birthday at the Zoo.
 
     Yun Zi’s four-tiered cake was made by the Zoo’s forage staff and took one month to complete. The cake had a contemporary, modern look with different sizes and orientations for each tier. The ice tiers were colored with food coloring, filled with apple and yam pieces, and decorated with pureed yam frosting applied with traditional frosting tubes and tips. Additional decorations included fruit slices, bamboo stalks and leaves, and some drizzled honey.
 
     Yun Zi, known by keepers to be a very busy boy and fond of “redecorating” his exhibit, broke off small pieces of the ice and ate some of the fruit before snapping off the “4″ and then toppling the entire cake to the ground, delighting panda fans watching from the exhibit and online at the Zoo’s Panda Cam. He moved on to eating bamboo in one of his favorite spots, presumably waiting for his cake to melt a bit, making it easier to get to the rest of the treats.
 
     The San Diego Zoo is home to four giant pandas. The two oldest, Bai Yun and Gao Gao, are the parents of four-year-old Yun Zi and one-year-old, Xiao Liwu. Giant pandas are on a research loan to the San Diego Zoo from the People’s Republic of China.Photo taken on Aug. 5, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Giant Panda Climbs Cake During First Birthday at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 9:25 pm July 29, 2013 by PR
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Photo News ReleaseGiant Panda Climbs Cake During First Birthday at San Diego Zoo
     Giant panda cub Xiao Liwu reached for treats at the top of his birthday cake this morning at the San Diego Zoo. The panda received the three-tiered ice cake in honor of his first birthday. The exhibit queue was filled with guests looking to get a glimpse of mom and cub moments after the Zoo opened to the public.
 
     The cub, whose name means “little gift”, now weighs 41 pounds and measures 3 feet, 4 inches tall. Xiao Liwu is still nursing and not eating solids but was very interested in the sweet treats that were placed in and around his cake.
 
     Staff from the Zoo began creating the cub’s cake three weeks ago and finished it off with bows made out of bamboo leaves, colored pieces of ice, and a “1″ on top. The cake design included a bowl in the bottom tier that was filled with the giant pandas’ favorite fruits and vegetables  – yams, carrots and apples.
 
     Animal care staff also stuffed boxes with alfalfa and biscuits and hung them from the trees in the exhibit he shares with his mom, Bai Yun. The cub was able to show off his agility when he climbed and balanced on limbs while opening the boxes.
 
     Xiao Liwu is the son of Gao Gao, a wild-born male giant panda who arrived at the San Diego Zoo on Jan. 15, 2003. His mother, Bai Yun, a 21-year-old captive-born female giant panda, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in September 1996.
 
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Photo taken on July 29, 2013, by Ken Bohn, photographer, San Diego Zoo. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hippos at San Diego Zoo Begin to Share Exhibit

Posted at 10:24 pm July 2, 2013 by PR
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Photo News ReleaseHippos at San Diego Zoo Begin to Share Exhibit
 

     Hippos Otis and Funani were reunited this morning at the San Diego Zoo after spending the last 2 1/2 years apart. During the introduction, the two were very interested in each other and showed only slight signs of being territorial, with 3,600-pound Funani making it clear, by showing her teeth and nipping at Otis, that the rock in the middle of the 150,000-gallon pool was hers and Otis, who weighs 3,900 pounds, might want to find another place to be.
 
     Animal care staff are preparing the two animals to live together full time. The hippopotamus is a social animal known to live in groups of 10 to 30 animals in the rivers and lakes of central Africa. For the last two years, Otis and Funani alternated their days on exhibit while Funani cared for their calf, Adhama, born on January 28, 2011. Adhama, whose name means honor or glory in Swahili, was recently weaned from his mother and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo; Otis is on loan from that zoo.
 
     If the reintroduction continues to go well and keepers don’t see signs of aggression or territorial fighting, Zoo guests can expect to see Otis and Funani sharing the exhibit.Photo taken on July 2, 2013, by Ken Bohn, photographer, San Diego Zoo. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Peccary Babies Sniff New Digs

Posted at 10:16 pm July 1, 2013 by PR

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PHOTO NEWS RELEASEPeccary Babies Sniff New Digs

     Two Chacoan peccary babies sniff their new home at the San Diego Zoo this morning. These two peccaries were part of a litter of three born on June 19, adding to the current population of nine Chacoan peccaries currently at the Zoo.
 
     These youngsters can often be seen using their large circular snout to dig and root around their exhibit. Keepers say the babies have been staying close to each other and often play by running and jumping around together, a behavior known as frisky hopping.Photo taken on July 1, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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What’s Pink and Gray and Cute All Over?

Posted at 11:29 pm June 19, 2013 by PR
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What’s Pink and Gray and Cute All Over?

     A recently hatched Caribbean flamingo chick reaches up to its mother, hoping to be fed at the San Diego Zoo this morning. The Zoo currently has 118 Caribbean flamingos and this chick is one of seven hatched this year.
 
     When born, flamingo chicks have gray down feathers and are the size of a tennis ball with legs. After hatching, the chicks stay close to a parent, sitting with the mother or father for the first 5 to 12 days on a nest mound created for the chick.
 
     The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are among only a handful of zoos in the world to raise offspring from three of the five flamingo species; Caribbean flamingos, a greater flamingo subspecies, Chilean flamingos and lesser flamingos. Together, the Zoo and Park have successfully hatched over 450 chicks.

Photo taken on June 19, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
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