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SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN

- CERAH

 

Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome a new member to our clan of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans—a newborn female named Cerah (Che-rah), which means “bright” in Indonesian and is often used to refer to sunshine. Born to mom, Nias (Nee-uhs), and dad, Berani (buhr-AH-nee), Cerah arrived through a natural and uneventful birth on the evening of Sunday, March 25, and keepers report both mom and baby are in good health. They are currently behind the scenes to give them time to rest and bond, and allow our staff a chance to ensure Cerah is receiving proper care and nourishment from Nias.

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LINNE'S TWO-TOED SLOTH

– BABY RUTH

 

Our new sloth baby has a strong grip, is growing and doing well. Everyday, the baby appears to become more aware of the world and seems to investigate as much as it can while still clinging close to Charlotte (mom).

During Charlotte's training sessions, the baby has started reaching out to keepers to eat solid foods (small pieces of cooked yam) from the keepers' hand.

Neonatal exams have been performed in which our veterinarians are able to use a stethoscope to listen to the baby’s heart and lungs as well as feel its abdomen.

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RETICULATED GIRAFFE

– DOBBY

 

Denver Zoo quietly welcomed the birth of Dobby on February 28, 2017, as millions of people around the world waited for a giraffe to be born in New York to viral sensation April. Dobby was a unexpected (but welcome) surprise, as his mother, Kipele, was on birth control. Denver Zoo's giraffe keepers suspected the pregnancy because of changes to her stomach and udder, and confirmed it using a new ultrasound machine with WiFi capabilities to get closer to her. At birth, Dobby measured 5-feet-tall and weighed 73 pounds, both small figures for a newborn giraffe.

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AFRICAN WILD DOGS

– NIGEL, THEODORE, ROOSEVELT, LIVINGSTONE

 

Denver Zoo is going wild over four endangered African wild dog puppies born here on Nov. 20, 2017. For the past three months, the puppies have been behind the scenes in their private maternity den under the protective care of their mother, Tilly. Keepers say the three male puppies, Nigel, Theodore Roosevelt and Livingstone, and one female puppy, Cholula, are healthy, curious, and playful, and ready for their public debut. Guests will have a chance to see the puppies in various habitats throughout Benson Predator Ridge, depending on the weather.

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WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA

- WHIMSIE ADEPA

 

Whimsie Adepa, our baby female western lowland gorilla, was born in the evening of February 25, 2016, to mom Tinga, and father, Jim. Adepa, translates to “good thing” in the Akan language of Ghana. She was the first birth of her critically-endangered species at Denver Zoo in 11 years, the fifth ever in Denver Zoo's history and the first offspring for Tinga (who was the last birth of her species at the Zoo in May of 2005). You can visit Whimsie and her family in Great Apes in Primate Panorama!

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OKAPI

-FOREST

 

Our male okapi calf, Forest, was born on December 4 to mother, Kalispell, and weighed just under 40 pounds at birth. Shortly after he was born, his keepers noticed he was having a hard time standing and thus unable to nurse. It was determined that Forest had not received vital antibodies from his mother and that he needed a plasma transfusion, so our Veterinary team worked quickly to get plasma delivered overnight from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Forest's plasma transfusion was successful and allowed him to be able to nurse on his own. He spent his first several weeks behind the scenes bonding with mom until the weather warmed up and the conditions in the okapi yard allowed him to venture outside.

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