"Jaguars are already one of the world’s most endangered species, but one of the two cubs on display at Zacango Zoo in Mexico is even more rare because it is melanistic. That means the animal appears completely black, although you can actually see spots if you look carefully. The two cubs were bred from different mothers and they’re the first of their kind to be born at the zoo for a decade."
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Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is home to over 5% of the total species found on Earth.
Little Rickina is a baby orangutan that was rescued from a suspected poacher, and is now being cared for at the Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center, operated by International Animal Rescue. As a critically endangered orphan, she’s had a very difficult life, but this video shares a bit about the safe community that she’s now adjusting to. For more information, visit RedApes.org.
Indonesian island natives, babirusas are legendary for their unique tusks, and are thought to be pig relatives, but could be more closely related to hippos or peccaries. With fewer than 4000 left in the wild, babirusas are documented as vulnerable or endangered by the IUCN. Regarding their personalities, Tetrapod Zoology reports:
Paul Irven (1996) wrote that captive babirusas are ‘sensitive and responsive … with an endearing character’. They are also said to exhibit excitement and enthusiasm on greeting familiar people, engaging in tail wagging, head shaking and jumping and running about.
Watch as 10-year-old Jambi enjoys a mud bath:
There are more zoo videos in the archives.
There’s a new baby rhino at the Bronx Zoo! Indian one-horned rhinos Penny and Sanjay are new parents to a frisky female baby, the 13th rhino born at the Bronx Zoo since 1986. She weighs 120 pounds but she could grow to weigh more than 4,000 pounds — that’s about the weight of an average U.S. car.
Indian rhinos are native to the grasslands and swampy areas of northern India and southern Nepal. Fewer than 3,000 are estimated to remain in the wild, with nearly 70 percent of the population living in Kaziranga National Park in India. They are generally solitary animals except when mating or when females have young offspring.
Indian rhinos are designated as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and as “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Exhibit times sound like they may be reduced a bit to acclimate her to the zoo, but if you’re in the New York tri-state area, you can see the baby from the zoo’s Wild Asia Monorail.