Malaya and Daania, Snow Leopards are the adorable female cubs born at Brookfield Zoo on June 16, 2015. Malaya is the larger of the two and more adventurous. Daania is darker in color and a bit shy. This is the second litter born to 5-year-old Sarani, and her mate, Sabu. The sisters are growing fast and so much fun to watch as they playfully interact with Sarani and each other! Snow leopards are an endangered species that inhabit high, rugged mountainous regions of Asia. Brookfield Zoo participates in the Snow Leopard Species Survival Program (SSP) which strives to maintain a healthy population that is genetically diverse and stable.
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Our Mexican Gray Wolf pack at Wolf Woods welcomed four pups, born on May 29, 2015. The fast-growing pups are full of juvenile energy, and quickly learning wolf behaviors from the excellent examples given by first-time parents, Zana and Flint. The pups, three male and one female, are named Nestor (largest and enjoys chasing birds), Inigo (likes to hang with dad, Flint), Aldo (smallest, lightest in color, likes to hang with mom, Zana), and Magdalena (independent, confident female). The Mexican gray wolf is the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies of North American gray wolf. The Chicago Zoological Society is a partner (with U.S. Fish & Wildlife and other AZA-accredited zoos) in an ongoing program for the recovery of Mexican Gray wolves in North America. ADOPT the MEXICAN GRAY WOLVES Today!
Nyota Grevy’s Zebra was born on July 7, 2015, to 7-year-old Kali. Her name means “star” in Swahili. This young female still sports the juvenile brown stripes, and is a healthy, spirited, and growing youngster! Nyota is beginning to find her independence and often wanders away from mom to find a comfy spot in the sandy area of the yard or enjoy a carrot slice offered by a keeper. She eats several solid diet items but will nurse from mom until she is 4-6 months old. This zebra species is endangered, with less than 2,500 individuals remaining in the wild. Grevy’s zebra are found only in northern Kenya and south Ethiopia. The Somalian population is considered extinct. Nyota is the first Grevy’s zebra born at Brookfield Zoo since 1998. ADOPT NYOTA Grevy’s Zebra Today!
Zachary Western Lowland Gorilla was born to 11-year-old Kamba on September 23, 2015. For now, Zachary will spend his time with mom, clinging to her abdomen, nursing, and getting lots of sleep (as babies do). In a few months he will begin to explore within Kamba’s reach and sample solid food but will continue nursing until he is 3-4 years of age. Zachary’s birth marks four generations currently in the gorilla group at Brookfield Zoo. Kamba’s mom, Koola, and grandmother, Binti Jua, remain part of this strong, stable family group. Zachary’s father, JoJo, is one of the most genetically valuable males in the Western Lowland Gorilla Special Survival Plan. ADOPT ZACHARY Gorilla Today!
The Red Panda is one of the species at the new Wild Encounters exhibit. Wally and Beatrix are young siblings born at Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, VA on June 15, 2014. They are most active at dawn and dusk, sleeping during the hottest part of the day. They can be seen stretched out on top of their enrichment tree (with timed feeders that periodically release food to encourage natural foraging behaviors) or rolled up in their cooling log. The red panda diet in the wild and at Brookfield Zoo is 90% bamboo leaves. Their home in the wild ranges from the eastern Himalayas to southwestern China. Red pandas are classified as vulnerable due to habitat loss through deforestation and poaching. Purchase your RED PANDA adoption package today!
Maxine Bottlenose Dolphin was born on December 16, 2014 at Brookfield Zoo. She is the smallest member of the dolphin group; she is approximately half the size of an adult dolphin. Maxine started eating little pieces of fish at about 6 months of age, but still receives most of her nutrition by nursing from her mother, Allie. She is developing relationships with other members of the dolphin group, as well as the marine mammal care specialists. Bottlenose dolphins typically stay with their mother between 3-6 years before becoming independent. ADOPT MAXINE Bottlenose Dolphin Today!