The Virginia Zoo's Baby Giraffe is Named Kellen!
Of the top five names, Kellen was the favorite, capturing a majority of the votes. Patches was second, followed by, Zarafa, Mandela and finally Twiga.
The baby giraffe was born June 6 to father Billy and mother Imara. At birth, the baby weighed in at 150 pounds and was 6 feet 4 inches tall.
Members of the public suggested names via a Web-based survey linked to the Virginia Zoo's website and Facebook Fan Page up until July 15, after which, the top names were voted on by Zoo staff, members and social media followers.
Masai giraffe are the largest subspecies of giraffe and the tallest land mammal on Earth. Males reach heights of up to 18 feet tall and females can grow to 14 feet tall. Giraffes may bear one offspring after a 15-month gestation period. Newborn giraffe can stand and walk within an hour of birth. They can eat leaves at four months old, but continue to nurse until 6 to 9 months.
Madonna Delivers Baby at the Virginia Zoo
Of course we mean Madonna the squirrel monkey...
The material monkey was discovered with the new baby clinging to her back Saturday morning, March 9, 2013 by zookeepers.
The tiny primate joins its mother, proud papa Jeebes and four other squirrel monkeys in the Zoo's Exhibit Building.
Squirrel monkeys have the proportionately largest brain of all primates, with a brain to body mass ratio of 1-to-17. Humans, by comparison, have a 1-to-35 ratio. Adult squirrel monkeys range from nine to nearly 14 inches, plus a 13 to 17-inch tail, and weigh in from one to just over two pounds. The males are usually larger.
Found in the tropical forests of Central and South America, squirrel monkeys spend most of their time in trees and are primarily active during daylight hours. Unlike many other New World monkeys, their tail is not directly used for climbing, but for maintaining balance as they run and jump among vines and branches. The tiny primates live together in groups of up to 500 males and females. Squirrel monkeys are omnivorous, eating primarily fruits and insects. They live roughly 15 years in the wild, but zoo residents can reach 20 years old.
New Male Bongo
A.J., a 2-year-old bongo from the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida, arrived at the Virginia Zoo in December and began exploring his new outdoor habitat January 16, 2013, after 30 days in quarantine.
The Virginia Zoo has a successful bongo breeding program, which is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan, which strives to preserve endangered species. As part of the effort, the Zoo sent one of its captive-born calves to Africa in 2004, to create a herd with other bongos from North American zoos.
Wild bongos live in dense forests in Kenya and other regions of Africa. The wild population is rapidly diminishing as its habitat is destroyed by human encroachment, and the animals are over-hunted for meat and for their horns.
Bongos are the largest and heaviest type of forest antelope, standing over 50 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing around 450 to 550 pounds. Their chestnut coats with white stripes provide camouflage in the forest shadows. Herds are comprised of females and calves, while males are more solitary. Bongos are most active at dawn and dusk. Females give birth to one calf per year and the gestation period is nine months.
Baby Siamang Born
A new baby siamang was discovered clinging to her mother's stomach Aug. 21, 2012 by zookeepers. First time mother Hitam came to the Virginia Zoo from the San Diego Zoo, while her father, Bali, came from Howletts Wild Animal Park in England.
Siamangs are critically endangered and facing increasing pressure in the wild. They are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia and are the largest species of gibbon. Siamangs have black shaggy hair and a naked face. They have large gray or pink throat pouch that can be inflated, allowing them to make loud resonating calls that can be heard more than two miles away. Siamangs are omnivorous, eating mostly leaves, but also fruit, insects, nuts, small animals, birds and bird's eggs. Males and females are similar in size, growing to 30 to 35 inches in length and weighing approximately 17 to 28 pounds.
Siamangs bear one offspring after a 7 to 8 month gestation period. For the first few months, the baby clings to the mother's abdomen. By age two, the baby is independent, but still very much a part of the family. At about seven years old they reach sexual maturity and leave their parents.
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