Baby Bunch

‘Show Us Your Baby Face’ Contest

Baby-Face-WinnerThe Birmingham Zoo received over 1,800 votes and is thrilled to announce the winner of “Show Us Your Baby Face!” A special thank you to all those who voted and participated! The Grand Prize winner is… Baby Emory! Emory’s photo won with an impressive total of 509 votes! Congratulations to Baby Emory and her family for winning a year membership to the Birmingham Zoo for the whole family or a special V.I.P. Behind the Scenes Tour of one of our many popular exhibits. Also, congratulations to our Runner Ups! First-Runner Up is the photo of Baby Mary and the Second-Runner Up is the photo of Baby Rowan and Baby Morgan! The Zoo will be in touch with the winners so they can collect their prizes. A big congratulations to all our winners and a huge thank you to ALL the participants that showed the Birmingham Zoo their best “Baby Face!” Be sure to take your little ones to visit the Zoo this summer so they can meet all the members of The Baby Bunch including the new American black bear cubs and the baby De Brazza’s monkey!

Meet the Newest Addition to The Baby Bunch!


The Birmingham Zoo is thrilled to announce that there is a new addition in the Primate family! A baby De Brazza’s monkey was born in the early morning hours of Memorial Day 2014. The new addition is bright and alert! The birth comes at an exciting time for the Birmingham Zoo as the baby De Brazza’s monkey becomes the newest member of The Baby Bunch family as well as the youngest in the Primate exhibit. Be sure to visit the Birmingham Zoo to welcome the new baby De Brazza’s monkey along with all the members of The Baby Bunch!

The Birmingham Zoo is excited to celebrate its newest arrivals with you! New life is thriving at the Zoo, and in just a few, short years, we have welcomed baby red panda cubs, giant river otters, dwarf Nigerian goats, a reticulated giraffe, an ostrich and a Sumatran orangutan among others.


Our Actions Matter

The Birmingham Zoo has joined with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and various zoos around the world in participating in Species Survival Plans (SSP). An  SSP is a cooperative breeding and conservation program, aimed at arranging adult animal pairs and maintaining genetic diversity. Currently, the Birmingham Zoo participates in 95 Species Survival Plans, many of which are animals included in the Baby Bunch!


Which Animals Make Up the Birmingham Zoo Baby Bunch?


North American Black Bear

Black Bear CubsNames:  Sassafras (Sassy) and Betula (Bety)
Spring 2013 (Exact date unknown. These bears were wild born.)
Yearlings (approximately 1 year old)
Interesting Fact:
Contrary to popular belief, black bears are not true hibernators.  They have a winter dormant period where they do not eat, drink, urinate or defecate but may wake if disturbed.
*These animals are not yet on exhibit.


Dwarf Nigerian Goats

Dwarf Nigerian GoatNames:  Batman, Pepper, Raven, Thor, Tony, Stryker, Swiper, Luna and Thalia
Birthdate: Spring 2013
Ages: 1 year
Interesting Fact: They can produce as much as two quarts of milk per day.
Where you can visit the dwarf Nigerian goats: Children’s Zoo Barn
Threatened Heritage Breed

Giant River Otters

Giant River Otter 2Names: Lara and Karina
Birthdates: January 31, 2011 (Lara) and November 3, 2011 (Karina)
Ages: 3 years (Lara) and 2 years(Karina)
Interesting Fact: Sometimes, they will use their tails as a kickstand and stand up on their hind legs to look around.
Where you can visit Lara and Karina: Primate Building
*Currently, the giant river otter is listed as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is a part of a Birmingham Zoo Species Survival Plan.


Sumatran Orangutan

Sumatran OrangutanName: Nairi
Birthdate: December 13, 2011
Age: 2 years
Interesting Fact: She has the ability to vocalize about 13 different sounds.
Where you can visit Nairi: Primate Building
*Currently, the Sumatran orangutan is listed as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is a part of a Birmingham Zoo Species Survival Plan.



OstrichName: Rhea
Hatch date: May 24, 2013
Age: 1 year
Interesting Fact: Ostriches can only kick forward, and they are able to sense predators from a far distance thanks to their acute hearing and eyesight.
Where you can visit Rhea:
Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter or the Savanna Yard


Red Pandas

Red PandaNames: Fred and George
Birthdate: May 30, 2013
Age: 1 year
Interesting Fact: Fred has a much smaller frame and darker markings around his eyes than George.
Where you can visit Fred and George: Predator Building
*Currently, the red panda is listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is a part of a Birmingham Zoo Species Survival Plan.


Reticulated Giraffe

Giraffe - GriffinName: Griffin
Birthdate: January 1, 2014
Age: 8 months
Interesting Fact: His spots make a butterfly shape on his chest, just like his mother.
Where you can visit Griffin: Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter or the Savanna Yard
*The reticulated giraffe is a part of a Birmingham Zoo Species Survival Plan.


De Brazza’s Monkey

10368922_10202237699801062_7846933692703067821_oName: Poppy
: May 26, 2014
Age: 12 Weeks
Interesting Fact: The baby is already trying to climb off mom and explore the exhibit.
Where you can visit: Primate Building

Adopt a Member of The Baby Bunch!

For a limited time, you can become the proud parent of a Birmingham Zoo Baby Bunch animal! Adopt one of our newest arrivals and help it receive the best possible care. To Adopt-An-Animal today, please click here.


All Baby Bunch Photography Courtesy of Kasie Shotts