Nesting for the Holidays

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One nest does NOT fit all–the nesting habits of different bird species are as varied as their colors and songs. The Zoo’s blue crowned motmots are naturally inclined to nest in tunnels in banks, so some Eagle Scouts worked with Zoo Supervisors to design and build a nesting structure that mimics a wild motmot nest, but also allows Keepers… read more

New Chilean Flamingo Chick Hatched in November

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‘Tis the season for flamingo chicks! This fuzzy little one hatched just before Thanksgiving, joining sister Alice (hatched in October) as the youngest members of the flock. Wild Chilean flamingos nest at high altitudes, so these birds are naturally adapted for cold temperatures. On chilly nights at the Zoo, the young flamingos’ parents huddle around them to keep… read more

Pumpkin Bash 11/1/14

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On Saturday November 1, Zoo Keepers gave pumpkins to just about every animal at the Zoo! Check out these great photos of animals enjoying a special fall treat: Thanks again to Buckelew Farm for donating the pumpkins!

Introducing Nandi!

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The entire community was invited to participate in a naming poll to choose the name for the new baby elephant, and we’re pleased to announce the winning name: Nandi (Nahn-dee), which is a common siSwati name for girls and means “sweet” or “fun” in the Zulu language. You can read more about the naming process, and… read more

It’s a Girl!

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Semba delivered her calf at 10:55pm on August 20, 2014, after being in active labor for only 20 minutes. The calf hit the ground at exactly 10:55pm, took a first breath immediately, stood up within minutes, and began to nurse within the hour. The calf has not been named or weighed quite yet. The first 48-72… read more

Visit The Elephant Baby Info Page!

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Questions about the new elephant baby? Curious what she’s been up to? We update this page frequently–check it out!

Meet New Male Otter “Hasani!”

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Although African spotted-necked otters are often solitary in the wild, there’s nothing more fun than watching two playful otters at the Zoo! We’re pleased to welcome “Hasani,” a male African spotted-necked otter, who recently came to Reid Park from the Toledo Zoo. Hasani is just a little over a year old (he was born in… read more

Lion Cubs Get Their 3-week Check-Up

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The Zoo’s four African lion cubs got a 3-week check-up yesterday–they were separated from their mother briefly to be weighed and examined by the Zoo’s vet team.  Each of the cubs weighs between 5-6 lbs, and is growing fast!  To see some adorable footage of the cubs during their exam, click here.

Baby Tapir Born January 4, 2014

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The baby tapir is finally here!  After a 13-month pregnancy, Baird’s tapir “Contessa” gave birth to a male calf on January 4.  While both mom and calf are healthy, Contessa was not nursing the baby, and displayed aggression towards him.  For his health and safety, he is now being hand-raised by Keepers.  This is very… read more

Lion cubs born December 23, 2013!

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On the morning of December 23, a Zoo Keeper heard tiny vocalizations coming from the “cubbing den” of female lion “Kaya.”  Kaya had given birth overnight, and the following day it was confirmed that five cubs were born, but one did not survive. Of the four remaining cubs, three are males and one is a… read more