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Check out some of our newest Toronto Zoo family members



African Penguin Chicks
March 29 & April 1, 2012



Double the Feathers & Fluff = Double the Fun at the Zoo!

Our African penguin family is growing! The Zoo's excited to announce that proud parents "Colby" and "Greenbird" have hatched two penguin chicks! The first chick hatched, March 29, 2012 and the second chick hatched on April 1, 2012 (that's no April Fool's Joke!). The fuzzy little duo is now on exhibit for intervals throughout the day in the African penguin house. They join African penguin chick "Eldon" born January 28, 2012, and the Zoo's 12 adult penguins on exhibit!
African Penguin fact sheet


Golden Lion Tamarin
March 20, 2012



It's too soon to tell! Golden lion tamarin Mom "Clare" and Dad "Dolce" have stork news and are excited to announce they've had a brand new baby. Although we don't know if it's a boy or a girl, we do know the youngster is clinging very close to Mom. But, Mom isn't doing all the heavy lifting all by herself - Grandma "Rosalie" is helping out her daughter "Clare" with the newborn, and the little one can be found hanging onto Grandma too! Make sure to visit our new addition at the Americas Pavilion.
Golden Lion Tamarin fact sheet


Ring-tailed Lemur
March 5, 2012



This curious little bundle of joy was born on March 5, 2012 to first-time mom 'Lily'. An interesting fact about lemur females is that they are known to be promiscuous... so with that being said the proud father could be 'Larry' OR 'Lionel'! With each passing day the baby is becoming more aware of its' surroundings and will soon begin leaving Mom for short periods to play and investigate the world... at that point in time Zoo staff will have an opportunity to check to see if it is a boy or girl!
Ring-tailed Lemur fact sheet


African Penguin Chick
January 28, 2012



Toronto Zoo just got CUTER with a baby African Penguin! The Zoo's proud to announce the birth of an African penguin born on January, 28, 2012, to parents 'Gozi' and 'Puff'. The fuzzy little chick is now on exhibit for intervals throughout the day in the African penguin house.
African Penguin fact sheet


Polar Bear Cub
October 11, 2011



Guess who's accepting visitors?
The Toronto Zoo welcomes our new baby polar bear! Born on October 11, 2011, this cub has been hand raised, and lovingly cared for by our veterinary and wildlife care staff, our adorable polar bear cub is exploring his new exhibit and is ready to meet YOU! CLICK HERE for more information on our cub, photos and more!
Polar Bear fact sheet


Bactrian Camel
August 5, 2011



Baby "Kumar" the Bactrian camel has two humps and was born at the Toronto Zoo! First-time Mom "Eva" and Dad "Goober" welcomed their bouncing baby boy on August 5, 2011. Did you know? Bactrians rarely sweat, helping them conserve fluids for long periods of time. PLUS, a thirsty camel can drink as much as 114 litres of water in just 10 minutes! Make sure to come and say hello to "Kumar" the Zoo's newest addition in Eurasia.
Bactrian Camel fact sheet


Two-Toed Sloth
June 18, 2011



It's too soon to tell! Two-toed sloth Mom "Tania" and Dad "Kosmo" are keeping a very exciting secret from Zoo staff, a brand new baby. Although we don't know if it's a boy or a girl, we do know the youngster is clinging very close to Mom. Fun Fact - Did you know that two-toed sloths give birth to a single young, while hanging up-side down, hang on tight little one! Make sure to visit our new addition at the Americas Pavilion.
Two-Toed Sloth fact sheet


Common Marmosets
April 5, 2011



The incredible romance of Lola and Rico, the common marmosets, is stronger than ever! The couple, has once again, welcomed two babies to the Zoo on April 5 (this just after having two babies in November!) Stop by the Americas Pavilion to see these newborns happily clinging to Mom "Lola" as she boogies around her exhibit - motherhood certainly hasn't slowed her down!
Common Marmoset fact sheet


GAUR
March 31, 2011



A baby girl gaur was recently born at the Toronto Zoo! Mom "Flower" and Dad "Hercules" welcomed a baby girl "Wilma Bonnie Sue" on March 31, 2011. This baby gaur will grow as tall as six feet and weigh more than two thousand pounds! Gaurs are the only wild ox known not to attack frontally with its horns. When attack is necessary, a gaur approaches its opponent broadside. Make sure to visit our new addition at the Indo-Malaya Pavilion outdoor exhibits.
Gaur fact sheet


PREHENSILE-TAILED PORCUPINE
November 15, 2010



It's a boy! Proud Mom "Nicole" gave birth to "Michael" on November 15, 2010. You may have thought having a porcupine baby might have been a little uncomfortable or downright "ouch" for Mom, but young are born with soft spines that will later harden to become stiff quills. Don't let the soft appearance of the newborn fool you, just days after birth they will begin climbing on their own. Fun Fact - Did you know that prehensile-tailed porcupines are nocturnal animals that have long whiskers on their face and feet that help them feel their way around at night? Visit the Zoo's Americas Pavilion to see "Michael", an unmistakably cute addition to the Toronto Zoo family!


BLACK-HANDED SPIDER MONKEY
November 11, 2010



Little "Poppy", born on November 11, 2010, and appropriately named in honour of Remembrance Day, is the apple of the eye of Zoo staff and visitors. She can frequently be found enchanting onlookers with her adorably awkward limbs - it can be tricky to learn coordination with arms significantly longer than your legs! From an early age, young black-handed spider monkeys are born to move, with a prehensile tail that can support the entire weight of the monkey and hands with strong hook-like fingers. These adaptations allow the monkey to move by swinging by its arms beneath the tree branches. A very curious youngster, she spends time off of Mom "Julie", walking beside her, but ensuring not to get too far away! Visit this adventurous little one at the Mayan Temple Ruin.


Green-winged doves
January 1, 2011



Toronto Zoo Staff are 'chirping' with excitement! Two new green-winged doves are the Zoo's first babies of 2011. Hatched in the Zoo's Australasia Pavilion on January 1, 2011, these youngsters are on display, but nesting close to mom and dad!


Common Marmosets
November 1, 2010



The incredible romance of Lola and Rico the common marmosets, continues. Two babies were born to them on November 1, in the Americas Pavilion. They are carefully clinging to Mom. Next to pygmy marmosets, common marmosets are the smallest species of primate.
Common Marmoset fact sheet


Grevy's zebra
June 26, 2010



A gorgeous baby Grevy's zebra is our newest Zoo Baby. Tori, a female, born on June 26, 2010, to Mom Shani and Dad Shaka. She is the couple's third foal together.
Grevy’s Zebra fact sheet


Sable Antelope Calf
June 10, 2010



It's a boy! Our new Zoobaby, born on June 10, is one of the largest of antelopes, with large elegantly curved horns. Mom is Savannah, proud Dad is Puff Daddy. Admire our velvety baby in the African Savanna section.
Sable antelope fact sheet


Wood Bison Calf
May 22, 2010



Our baby was born on May 22 in the Canadian Domain. Wood bison look like plains bison but are taller and have longer legs. These animals have almost been exterminated in the wild so this birth is a triumph for the Toronto Zoo's Captive Breeding Program, which has enabled us to return many wood bison to the wild over the years. Our baby was mobile about three hours after birth. Sex is unknown but stay turned!
Wood bison fact sheet


Moose Calves
May 17,2010



It's twins! Ashley and Elliot have done themselves proud by producing these two little ones. And there's one of each - one male and one female! The leggy babies were born on May 17 and were closely monitored by Zoo Animal Care staff to make sure they were healthy and happy. The good news is that Cherry and Oakwood are now ready to meet the public in their enclosure in the Canadian Domain so be sure and stop by with your camera.
American Moose fact sheet



Marmoset Babies
December 27, 2010



Two of these cuties were born on December 27 to Mom Lola and Dad Rico. Catch our family group interacting in the Americas Pavilion. Mom and Dad must have been feeling frisky because they produced two more babies on May 30.
Common Marmoset fact sheet


Eyelash Leaf Froglets
January 6, 2010



Ribbitt! Ribbitt! These rare froglets, hatched in our Australasian Pavilion on January 6th, 2010, are our first New Year's Zoo babies! The size of a dime, these little golden creatures are one of the few frog species to bypass the tadpole stage and hatch as exact replicas of their parents. Another first is that the female eyelash leaf froglets appear to have a maternal instinct leading them to protect the eggs until they hatch. Designed to blend into the leaves on the forest floor of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, our eight little bundles of joy are truly beautiful to behold and are a welcome addition to the Toronto Zoo's collection.


Common Marmosets
December 27, 2009



Two of these adorable tiny primates, with the countenances of wizened little old men, were born on December 27th, 2009 to Rico and Lola. After a gestation period of 142 to 150 days, twins are born, more rarely triplets. But that's okay, as both parents are efficient at rearing large numbers of babies. In the wild, their home is the rainforests of South America. Drop by the Americas Pavilion to watch these busy little creatures motoring around on the branches of their exhibit, with their infants on their backs.
Common Marmoset fact sheet


Olive Baboon
December 11, 2009



It's a boy! Proud Mom is Polly and Dad is Bwana Joe. The baby was born on December 11th, 2009 bringing the number of olive baboons that have been born here to 13. These primates with the dog-like muzzles come mainly from African savanna habitats where they eat everything from seeds to birds and young mammals. Our new baby will be carefully held by Mom until he's old enough to move to her back where he'll cling to her fur. He'll hang out with Polly for approximately two years. Although this species is still common in the wild, it's still a treat to have this little one with us. Check him out in the African Savanna.
Olive Baboon fact sheet


Cheetah Cubs
September 28, 2009



Mom Mya has her hands full 24-7 with the birth of three cubs on September 28th, 2009. Dad Raffiki, who remains separate for the time being, doesn't know quite what to make of the three hyperactive balls of spotted fur. The cubs are being carefully nurtured by Mom and Animal Care staff, in an area of the Zoo not accessible to the public and used primarily for breeding, until they are strong enough to go on display in the Africa Savanna. While stoically fending off play attacks, Mya continues to keep a close eye on her babies. Cheetahs are endangered in the wild, so the birth of these little ones is very important. You'll be able to see the cubs in the spring of 2010!
Cheetah fact sheet


Baby Gorilla
September 2, 2009



Our baby gorilla, in the African Rainforest Pavilion, is carried around gently by his Mom Ngozi. Little Nassir, named by his Dad Charles, our adult male silverback, was born on September 2nd, 2009. The Zoo held a naming contest and Charles picked the name by lumbering over to the bucket, one of five each bearing a finalist name, that bore a sign saying Nassir - and incidentally some delicious fresh fruit. Zoo staff are delighted with the birth, since Mom Ngozi was brought to Toronto especially to breed with Charles and Western Lowland gorillas are an endangered species. Nassir is very important genetically to the North American Western Lowland gorilla population. For more information on Western Lowland gorillas, click here. (Please link to gorilla fact sheet and also a link to the Year of the Gorilla page).
Year of the Gorilla
Western Lowland gorilla fact sheet


Przewalski's horse
August 31, 2009



In our Eurasia Excursion section, a new baby Przewalski's horse is kicking up its heels! Born on August 31st, our new addition is closely watched by Mom Alicia. This is her first colt born here and the fifth born here for Dad Phoenix. These tawny horses from Central Asia were once extinct in the wild, but have now been returned to their native habitat in protected reserves. A total of five have been born here and we're real proud!
Przewalski's horse fact sheet


Tur
June 6, 2009



Even Googling this one won't produce much info. Put "West Caucasian" in front of it and you'll get some answers. Our female tur baby, Snory, was born on June 6th, 2009. His Mom won't hesitate to defend her with her horns and she'll be mature in about a year. Watch Snory cavorting on her man-made mountain in the Eurasian Section.
West Caucasian tur fact sheet


Mouflon
June 3, 2009



Skill testing question - what's a "mouflon"? If you're thinking sheep, you're on the right track. Mouflon are actually Europe's only true wild sheep species. They're a small but handsome sheep led by females. Baby Penelope was born on June 2nd and baby Peter came along on June 3rd. Catch them tearing up and down their mouflon mountain in the Eurasia Section.
Mouflon fact sheet


Naked Molerats
May 22, 2009



These cigar-shaped, blind, hairless creatures with the buck-teeth aren't winning any beauty awards, but there's something endearing about them as they snuggle together in a chamber of their plexiglas tunnel. Check out these unusual creatures in the African Rainforest Pavilion.
Naked mole-rat fact sheet


Snow Leopard Cubs
May 15, 2009



Cute takes on a whole new meaning as you look at these adorable cats with the little spotted faces and big clumsy paws. The cubs were born on May 15th, 2009, and are still getting used to their exhibit space with Mom Tiga. Snow leopards are critically endangered in the wild but 30 cubs have been born here at the Toronto Zoo. These beautiful cats are masterfully adapted to Arctic conditions with their long tails and thick fur. Admire our playful pair in the Zoo's Eurasia Section.
Snow Leopard fact sheet


Gaur
April 12, 2009



A baby male gaur was recently born at the Toronto Zoo. This baby gaur will grow as tall as six feet and weigh more than two thousand pounds. Gaurs are the only wild ox known not to attack frontally with its horns. When attack is necessary, a gaur approaches its opponent broadside. Make sure to visit our new addition at the Indo-Malaya Pavilion outdoor exhibits.
Gaur fact sheet


Sable antelope
March 31, 2009



Cute and cuddly alright, this baby sable antelope will grow up to become one of Africa’s formidable and prized savanna animals. A male, he will stand nearly five feet tall at the shoulder, weigh up to 500 pounds and carry a handsome pair of scimitar-shaped horns. Sable antelopes travel in herds, consisting of one male and 10-20 females and offspring. They always run in a bunch, never single file. Because of their size, they have few enemies. Check out this mighty addition at the Africa Savanna.
Sable antelope fact sheet


Common marmosets
January 27, 2009



Twins are common in this species, and ours arrived on January 27, 2009. These attractive little New World monkeys with the “little old man” faces live in groups of up to 15 individuals and when babies are born, everyone pitches in to help. See our group in the Americas Pavilion.
Common marmosets fact sheet


American flamingo
January 24, 2009



These two knock-kneed cuties were born in September, 2008. To accommodate the eggs, their parents built huge nests made of mud and then sat on the eggs for about a month. Flamingos live in big, gregarious colonies of thousands of individuals but parents can always pick out their own chicks. Drop by the Maya temple for a look at these colourful little ones.
American flamingo fact sheet


Central bearded dragon
December 24, 2008



Our two Aussie dragons hatched in the Australasia Pavilion on December 24, 2008, emerging from thick papery egg cases. As adults, they will grow to be two feet long with their tails accounting for half the length. These insect eating lizards make a hissing sound when threatened and display their beards. Check ours out in the Australasia Pavilion.
Central bearded dragon fact sheet

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