New zoo babies welcomed so far this season
Melbourne’s Brevard Zoo welcomed its first baby sloth on October 17thwho weighed just over 11 ounces. “When we found the baby away from Tango, we tried to reunite them,” Lauren Hinson, animal curator at Brevard Zoo said in a Fox 35article. “But the new mother was not nursing, nor did she show interest in the newborn. Tango is a first-time mother whose inexperience likely led her to not care for the little one.”
Additionally, an 18-year-old polar bear joined the Columbus Zoo in early November. Lee, who came from the Denver Zoo, was transported in the hopes of breeding with sister polar bears in Ohio, Aurora and Anana.
Aurora and Anana already have four cubs between them, the former with three and the latter with one. The zoo has transitionedthe bears to other zoos in order to introduce Lee to the sisters and continue to increase the polar bear population. “These births are important to the survival of this species, which in 2008, became the first species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened primarily due to climate change,” a local article read.