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The National Zoo, which is mere feet away from Jaunted's Washington DC offices, just put all 11 members of its otter family on exhibit. The clan of Asian small-clawed otters had been transported from Southern California to take up residence in the nation's capital, and the 9 pups are by all reports simply adorable. The Zoo has an extensive photo gallery confirming those reports and persuasively demonstrating that baby otters are indeed very small and very cute.
But what if you can't make it to Washington DC this summer but still want to see otter pups up close and personal? Or what if you can make it but don't want to because, like everybody else, you refuse to set foot in the city because DC's July and August are unlivable? You're in luck.
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And now a post about places in the United States, Europe, and Asia where you can visit baby giraffes. So zoos, parks, etc. Note also that we've embedded a couple of especially cute videos at the bottom, because baby giraffes.
Florida's Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay is at the top of the list, with a new baby born last December and then another one born in February. That's two baby giraffes, which you can see on one ticket. Very straightforward.
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Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered subspecies of tiger from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. There are less than 300 of them left in the wild, and all known population clusters are in decline. So when you have a chance to see one under any circumstances you should avail yourself of the opportunity. And if that chance somehow involves seeing a bunch of baby Sumatran cubs wrestling, that should conclusively settle whether it's worth your time to go wandering around the zoo for an afternoon.
This is all by way of saying that we realize it's been almost a month since we posted about zoos, and we owe you some cute things. Herein are three different parks across two different states, each with a pair of baby Sumatran tigers. We've even included embedded videos and links to picture galleries, because it's Monday and you deserve it.
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When last we brought the Toronto Zoo to your attention, it was to outline how the gigantic park was building a $13 million facility that would transform animal poo into usable electricity via bacteria. Today's post is like that 2008 article, except it has nothing to do with poo or electricity or bacteria, and instead is about baby lemurs and baby polar bears and how you should indulge in some Canada travel so you can go see them. So really, more different than the same.
Via Zooborns we learn that there's a new ring-tailed lemur on display with mom Lily. The little baby is set to stop clinging to mom's chest and go exploring any day now, which means that visitors will soon be able to see something very small and very cute learning how to swing and jump. In the meantime we've embedded a video below showing what the last month has been like, with the baby hanging on for dear life.
The Los Angeles Zoo has been quite the flurry of activity over the last few months. Their new $2.5 million carousel opened last October, giving the zoo a more festive feel and driving revenue toward conservation. Then the zoo opened its new $42 million Elephants of Asia exhibit last December, irking radical animal rights activists and delighting pretty much everybody else.
Now the LA Zoo is unveiling another huge new exhibit. This time it's a reptile house dubbed LAIR (Living Amphibian, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) that they've been working on for years. The building will be home to over 60 species: snakes, frogs, lizards, and iguanas. There's even going to be an underwater viewing area.
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The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida isn't the largest zoo in the country, though it does clock in at a very respectable 50 acres. There are areas containing wildlife from Africa, Australia and Asia, and Florida. Then there's a section with with all kinds of jaguars, monkeys, reptiles, and (especially) vultures. The zoo's Wikipedia entry even features a digital marque promising that you can feed gentle giraffes. Just so there's no confusion, we like feeding gentle giraffes. We'd even be willing to feed non-gentle giraffes, if it came to that.
More importantly for the immediate circumstances, all-things-adorable blog Zooborns reports that the Brevard Zoo has just had its first ever birth of a Giant Anteater. The little guy or girlit turns out that you can't really tell the gender of baby Giant Anteaterswill spend the next year of his or her life riding on the back of mom Boo. She and father Abner are said to be pleased by how everything is progressing.
Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo, starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomas Haden Church, hits theaters today and is based on the true story of a father who moves his two children to a dilapidated zoo which they restore to its former glory.
The movie is set in the U.S. and was filmed just outside of Los Angeles, but the real-life zoo the story is based on is actually located in Devon, U.K. The Dartmoor Zoo is now the thriving home of dozens of animals including monkeys, reindeer, cheetahs and goats. The zoo also hosts special events, like photography tours, family days, and weddings.
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'Tis the season for happiness and fuzziness, and there are few things happier or fuzzier than baby animals. Since we're all about enhancing holiday travel,, here are three zooseach drawn from a different region of the countrywhere you can see recently born cute things:
· Following up an adorable litter of Giant River Otters from January, the Miami Zoo announced a few weeks ago that they had two more live pups to show off. The pups are about a foot long and weigh just under a pound, and are scheduled to go on exhibit sooner rather than later. While you're at the zoo you should visit Juanpur, our favorite escaping Indian rhino.
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New Yorkers haveat bestonly a couple more weeks before winter ends the possibility of outdoor fun. It's already too cold to contemplate sunbathing or anything of the sort, but there's still just barely enough time for generic outdoorsy type outings. Conveniently the Bronx Zoo choose this week to debut their one-month old baby giraffe James Marjani, who had been off-exhibit bonding with his mother until now.
The 6-foot, 100-pound baby was born on September 14, 2001, and he won't remain a baby for very long. Giraffes spend 14 months in the womb, then they drop six feet at birth, they they start walking within an hour, and then they immediately begin adding inches and pounds. Within four years James Marjani will go from his current 100 pounds to something closer to 4,000 pounds, and from his current 6 feet to somewhere around 17 feet.
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It's not exactly the Bronx Zoo Cobra escape, but over the weekend the Miami Zoo's Indian Rhino Juanpur took a little stroll outside his enclosure. Apparently a zoo official had left the door unlocked (seriously) and so Juanpurnicknamed "Johnny"was able to bump it open and wander around.
The 4,640-pound animal enjoyed his freedom for just under half an hour before he was successfully herded back to where he lives. By all accounts he was nonchalant throughout the "incident," displaying the kind of confidence that being a two ton animal provides.
All of which is the perfect excuse for us to again point you in the direction of the Miami Zoo. The park last came up when we were doing a roundup of five things to do in South Florida, at which point we described it as one of the top zoos in the country.
The St. Louis Zoo went out of its way to attract park-goers this summer, from opening a new Panda Trek to hosting a summer concert series. As the summer winds down, though, they're shifting to a more basic and straightforward strategy: reminding potential visitors that there are a bunch of cute baby things on exhibit, and that people who come to the zoo can see them.
Just this week the zoo let loose their new baby lion cub "Imani," which drew exactly the kind of press that you'd expect a rambunctious lion cub to draw. She's not technically on exhibit yetapparently this was just a supervised excursion into her future home in Big Cat Countrybut some visitors still managed to catch a glimpse of the cub.
Those who weren't lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time, of course, were still able to see the zoo's Amur Leopard, Amur Tiger, Jaguar, and Snow Leopard, all in nearby exhibits along the trail.
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If you think about it, our beloved San Diego Zoo doesn't really have to be good at doing all the things they do. It's true that they have one of the more ambitious social media outreach programs we've come across from any travel or conservation-oriented organization, spanning multi-platform contests, constant tweet-ups, and even the baby panda iPad app that they announced just this morning.
And it's true that they have a whole slew of special behind-the-ropes tours and special experiences on-site for guests who want to get beyond the public exhibits, whichinasmuch as they have polar bears and pandas insideare themselves kind of awesome.
But the point is that they don't really have to do any of that, because every year the Zoo and its sister Safari Park seem to have more and more cute newborn things for guests to coo over. Given this year's crop of baby hippos, baby elephants, and baby Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckos (totally true, totally real), the two locations kind of seem to sell themselves.