Busch Gardens Tampa recently welcomed three baby endangered ring-tailed lemurs to the more than 12,000 animals that call the park home. First-time mother Canada gave birth to Squirt on March 19, and twins Schweps and Seagramms were born to Ginger on March 27.
Guests will be able to see the lively baby lemurs in the Edge of Africa area of the park in June as the animal care team continues to introduce them to their new habitat.
These births come as a result of recommendations from the Ring-tailed Lemur Species Survival Plan through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Ginger and Canada arrived at Busch Gardens from the Duke Lemur Center in 2013. Spike, the sire of all three babies, came to the park from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in 2004.
Orphaned baby pygmy marmoset Ninita gets a much loved toothbrush massage from her keeper. Ninita was born deaf, and abandoned by her parents. RSCF (Rare Species Conservatory Foundation) staff hand-reared her, and she is now doing well in an enclosure of her own with a handsome boyfriend.
From Youtube; “A two-week-old, female Sumatran orangutan provided a big treat for visitors at the San Diego Zoo today when she and her mother, Indah, came out into the exhibit in public view for only the second time since the baby’s birth. The newborn clung to her mother’s chest as Indah climbed the ropes, cargo nets and sway poles in her habitat, stopping periodically at various perches. Indah gazed upon and gently cradled her baby as Zoo guests and employees watched with delight and took countless photos of the pair.”