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Successful Kori Bustard Chick Hatch at the Zoo!

The BirFullSizeRender (1)mingham Zoo’s Bird Department is happy to announce another successful hatch of a kori bustard chick. This year, the Bird Department hatched two chicks, both of which are doing well. These chicks were hatched from eggs that the Birmingham Zoo received from the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida. The two chicks being raised this year will bring the total up to over 10 kori bustard chicks over the past four years. The Bird Department also specializes in a hand-rearing technique, which prioritizes natural behaviors and reduces imprinting. The kori bustards the Zoo raises should go on to be successful breeders and parents in the future. This will help reduce the amount of hand-rearing needed and increase the captive population of kori bustards overall. You can view the Zoo’s adult collection of kori bustards, one of the largest in the country, at the Aviary.

The Birmingham Zoo Welcomes Two Rescued Coyote Siblings!

coyotes 1The Birmingham Zoo is excited to announce the newest members of the Zoo family, Yuma and Kaya, rescued coyote siblings! They are now on exhibit in their temporary home in the Predator Building. Yuma and Kaya, brother and sister, have been exploring their new habitat. When they aren’t hunting for bugs and lizards in the grasses of their yard, they can be seen resting up on the rocks by the inside visitor windows. On sunny days you may see Yuma and Kaya wading through their pool and interacting with different enrichment like floating boomer balls and sinking tubes. We hope you will visit Yuma and Kaya in their temporary exhibit on your next Zoo visit!

Second Baby De Brazza’s Monkey Born at the Birmingham Zoo!

Baby De Brazza's Monkey (1)The Birmingham Zoo is proud to announce the birth of its newest family member.  Around 11:35 AM (CST) on July 27, 2015, a De Brazza’s monkey was born. This is the second offspring for both fifteen-year-old mother, Brittany, and eight-year-old father, Huey. It is the most recent De Brazza’s birth since Poppy, their first offspring, was born at the Birmingham Zoo on Memorial Day in 2014. The new arrival is nursing and is in the process of bonding with its mother.

The Birmingham Zoo is a member of the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has joined with Aquariums and Zoos in North America maintaining Species Survival Plans ® (SSP). An SSP is a cooperative breeding and conservation program. The Birmingham Zoo currently participates in 103 SSPs, and is an active member of the De Brazza’s monkey SSP.  With this pregnancy, the Zoo’s veterinary staff were able to get an ultrasound and prenatal measurements, which will contribute to our understanding of De Brazza’s monkey fetal development. With this breeding effort, the Zoo continues its mission of “Inspiring Passion for the Natural World…through emphasizing Conservation, Education, Scientific Study and Recreation in all aspects of the Birmingham Zoo’s exhibits, programs, facilities and activities.”

Birmingham Zoo Welcomes Baby De Brazza’s Monkey!

10368922_10202237699801062_7846933692703067821_oThe 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!

Birmingham Zoo Baby Giraffe Named “Griffin”

Baby-Giraffe1On Monday, January 13th, the Birmingham Zoo concluded its Facebook naming contest for its newest addition, and is pleased to announce the baby giraffe will be named “Griffin.”

Since his arrival, Griffin has been doing great. He has been outside during the warmer days of this month, is continuing to nurse and is thriving in his environment. His energy level remains high, and he is constantly on the go, running and playing. Birmingham Zoo staff continues to monitor his progress. Since his birth, the baby giraffe has grown three inches and now stands at a healthy six-feet and five inches tall. In the coming weeks, guests are welcome to see Griffin on the Savannah Yard.

The Birmingham Zoo Announces First 2014 Giraffe Birth in North America

BabyGiraffeThe Birmingham Zoo proudly rang in the New Year with the arrival of its latest family member.  At 12:12 AM (CST) on January 1st, 2014, a male, reticulated giraffe was born making it the first giraffe birth of any North American accredited Zoo for the year. The baby giraffe has undergone a complete physical exam, weighs approximately 140 pounds and stands at an estimated six-feet and two inches tall.This is the first offspring for both five-year-old mother, Willow, and seven-year-old father, Jalil. It is the most recent giraffe birth since Willow’s birth at the Birmingham Zoo in July 2008.The new arrival is nursing and is in the process of bonding with his mother in a warm holding area due to the seasonally cold temperatures. The Zoo staff believes the baby giraffe takes after his father with similar markings and mannerisms. In the coming weeks, guests are welcome to see the baby giraffe in the Savannah Yard.

Take a look at the Zoo’s newest family member, as he makes his debut to the community!

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Giant River Otters are Now on Exhibit!

GROThere’s a new species at the Birmingham Zoo… giant river otters! Two females, Karina and Lara (born November 2011 and January 2011, respectively) come to the Birmingham Zoo from Zoo Miami. Commonly known as “river wolves,” giant river otters are typically found in isolated and remote areas within freshwater lakes and rivers in South America. These large aquatic mammals are the world’s longest otter, and sometimes measure to be up to six feet long! They’re dark brown in color with the exception of large, creamy white patches on the underside of their long necks. These creamy white patches form a pattern that is thought to be unique to each individual otter, similar to a human fingerprint.

As one of the largest predators in their region, the giant river otter can feed on a wide variety of animals. Their diet consists mainly of fish, such as piranha, crabs, small caiman alligators and small anacondas. While they used to be quite common throughout South America, they’re now one of the most endangered species in the rainforest as a result of habitat destruction and water pollution. Several efforts are underway to help giant river otter conservation, though some illegal hunting still occurs.

The Zoo invites you to visit these magnificent mammals in their newly renovated exhibit in the Primate Building!