Zoo Babies
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Cubs, pups, calves, chicks — no matter what they're called, baby animals are adorable!

At the Indianapolis Zoo, our animal breeding efforts are a key part of our animal conservation mission as they help to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse and demographically varied animal population. Learn more about the babies born recently at the Zoo. Thanks to our friends Hendricks Regional Health for presenting our Zoo Babies.

Long-tailed macaque
Our new troop just welcomed two new arrivals!

The first macaque born at the Indianapolis Zoo is a girl named Cynde, born to mom Momba sometime during the night between Aug. 1-2. While she stays close to mom most of the time, she has also been spending time with some of the other females in the troop as well as independently exploring in the yard.

An experienced mother and one of the dominant females in our troop, Momba is very caring and nurturing with her baby.

The second birth, a boy named Chi (pronounced Ky), was born Sept. 1 to mom Kathy. Graham, the dominant male of our troop, is the father of both babies.

While we have several youngsters in our troop, this newest additions will be easy to pick out. Macaques are born with a head full of dark hair that lightens as they grow older as well as a wrinkly pink face.

Newborn macaques stay with their mothers for several months, clinging tightly to her chest for protection, before beginning to explore independently.

Greater Kudu
Our greater kudu herd welcomed a new arrival on July 28 when JoJo gave birth to a female calf named Trixie.

JoJo is an experienced and attentive mother. Her male calf born in 2017, Hasani, is still part of the herd and he seems curious about the newcomer, as well. Bakari is the calf’s father.

Greater kudus are native to eastern and southern Africa. These woodland antelopes can weigh up to 600 pounds, however females are noticeably smaller than males. Their tan coats marked with thin, white stripes offer great camouflage on the arid African savannas.

In the wild, female kudus will form groups of mothers and calves. Moms will give birth in areas of tall grass that provide the babies with protection from predators, which is especially important during the first few weeks. During that time, kudu mothers spend most of their time grazing and only tend to the calves for short periods to nurse. When the calf is a little older, mom returns and the two spend the next several months together bonding.

Warthogs
Warthog mom Lily gives birth to four beautiful piglets

Mom, Lily, and dad, Kazi, welcomed the birth of four adorable piglets on April 17. Female warthogs can give birth to up to eight babies, though smaller litters are more common. Our new piglets include three boys named Leonard, Rollo, and Ragnar, and a girl, named Astrid. Lily is an experienced and caring mother to her youngsters.

 

Native to the grasslands of Africa’s southern Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia, these warthogs stay in burrows built by aardvark. Female warthogs will stay in the burrow when giving birth to protect their newborn piglets.

 

Within about three months, piglets will venture farther away from their parents. For now, Kazi, their father, doesn’t seem to mind their playful personalities.

 

Warthog piglets typically only weigh 1-2 pounds at birth, though these Zoo babies won’t stay small for long. A typical mature period is about 20 months for boars. Visit these adorable piglets near the exit of Plains while they’re still young! Thanks to our friends Hendricks Regional Health for presenting our Zoo Babies.

Ring-Tailed Lemur
Our lemur troop experienced a baby boom this spring with four births!

The newest member of the family was born June 4 to mom Sheridon, and join three other baby lemurs born earlier this year.

Bree gave birth to twins, boys named Murphy and Owen, on March 14. Twins are not common, however this is the second year in a row Bree has had twins. The first baby lemur of 2018, a girl named Nora, was born back on March 6.

The Zoo’s troop of lemurs has adapted to the newcomers and welcomed all the babies.

Chuckwallas
We have some tiny new arrivals in our Deserts Dome! Five chuckwalla babies hatched in the Dome in mid-September.

At birth, they weighed less than 10g each and easily fit into the palm of a keeper’s hand. Right now, they look very different than our adults, with zebra-striped tails and bright orange bands on their backs that will fade as they grow, slowly changing to the gray and brown tones that are characteristic of adults.

Native to the western United States and into northwestern Mexico, these reptiles like to live in desert regions around lots of rocks that provide basking spots as well as shelter and protection. Females lay 5-10 eggs in a clutch, hidden in rocky crevices. While they will protect the eggs until they hatch, the juveniles are left to fend for themselves after hatching.

Sumatran Orangutan
The Indianapolis Zoo's first orangutan baby is here and her name is Mila, which is pronounced MEE-lah and means "dear one."

Sirih, our 23-year-old Sumatran orangutan gave birth to Mila at 5:07pm on March 23, 2016.

At 1-year-old, Mila is an active youngster and can be seen climbing and exploring throughout the Atrium under the watchful eye of Sirih and “aunties” Knobi and Nicky. So far she isn’t picky when it comes to her diet. Always sneaking the biggest piece of food she can get away from mom, Mila especially loves her fruit.

Orangutan mothers spend seven to 10 years actively bringing up a baby. Sirih will model what life as an orangutan looks like for her daughter, as the youngster learns to climb, build nests and interact with surroundings including the other apes, Keepers and Zoo visitors.

Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild with only about 6,500 left. Orangutans are found in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and these critically endangered great apes continue to face increasing threats, primarily habitat loss due to agricultural development for crops like palm oil. Mila is an ambassador for her species, and will engage and empower visitors to play a role in conservation efforts.

Sirih and first-time father, 14-year-old Basan, were recommended as a breeding pair through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, a program ensuring a sustainable, genetically diverse and demographically varied AZA population.

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Mila and Max are growing fast and forming a great friendship as they play and explore together.

Baby Orangutans are Great Playmates

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