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(Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa)

(Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa)

Busch Gardens Welcomes Two New Cheetah Cubs

Two adorable new cheetah cubs were born on November 22, 2014 at Busch Gardens in Tampa. They are currently 3 months old and weigh in at a whopping 12 pounds. They were given names by the Busch Gardens animal care team: Tebdai, which means “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy.” The cubs are under 24-hour care from the zoo staff as they continue to get stronger and explore their new habitat. Read More


Otter-ly Adorable!

Meet Oswald and Juno: two sea otter pups that were discovered abandoned on California’s coastline. Oswald was found in November 2013 and Juno in January 2014. Staff with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program arranged for the rescue of the pups and their transport to Monterey. Take a look at Oswald having a…

Celebrate World Turtle Day!

Friday, May 23rd is World Turtle Day! Many AZA-accredited institutions take part in conservation and rehabilitation of turtles of all kinds. Here are just a few of their stories: The Georgia Aquarium rehabilitates and releases loggerhead sea turtles back into their natural habitats through their 4R program. They satellite-tag the turtles, which allows them to…

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Had a Little Lamb

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is happy to announce their new addition of a bighorn lamb! The lamb was born on May 10th and was the first of its species born at the museum since 2007. The sex of the newborn is still unknown. Update, June 13, 2014: The Museum has confirmed that the new arrival…

Endangered Species Day

May 16th is Endangered Species Day! AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums fund over 2650 conservation projects in over 130 countries and spend upwards of $160 million dollars annually on conservation initiatives and education to give animals the helping hand they desperately need. Here a few conservation success stories. Forty years ago there were roughly 5-20 adult…

Happy Mother’s Day!

In honor Mother’s Day, Animals Inc. and AZA want to celebrate all mothers! Here are a few heart-warming photos of mama and baby from AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. Happy Mother’s Day to all species! (Photo: Disney’s Animal Kingdom via Facebook)     (Photo: Brevard Zoo via Facebook)     (Photo: Bronx Zoo via Facebook)  …

Animals Inc On Location: Dispatch 2

Tim Lewthwaite reports from Sweetwaters wildlife reserve near the foothills of Mount Kenya, where he has been traveling in search of the country’s diverse and beautiful wildlife. “A species that has long fascinated me is the black rhino, but in several trips to Africa I have only ever had fleeting glimpses of this elusive and…

Baby Bongo Boom at the Virginia Zoo

A one-day-old bongo calf explores her outdoor habitat for the first time with her mother, Betty. (Photo: Winfield Danielson/Virginia Zoo) The Virginia Zoo welcomed two beautiful bouncing baby bongos this month! Callie, a female, was born to mom Juni on November 2. Her half-sister, yet to be named, was born to mom Betty on November…

Animals Inc On Location: Dispatch 1

Our intrepid explorer Tim Lewthwaite is off on a ten-day trip to Africa to report on wildlife conservation. First stop: An elephant orphanage at the edge of Nairobi National Park. The facility is a nursery and rehab center for baby elephants as well as rhinos, zebras and other wildlife who have lost their families –…

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Animals Inc.! Animals in AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums have been enjoying some seasonal pumpkin enrichment. Enrichment – providing stimulating and challenging environments, objects, and activities – is critical to an animal’s well-being…and it’s often fun for visitors, too! We pulled together some of our favorite photos of animals enjoying their special treats.…

Mei Lun and Mei Huan

Mei Lun and Mei Huan | October 23, 2013: The Pandas Formerly Known as Cub A and Cub B have their new names: Mei Lun (Cub A) and Mei Huan (Cub B) – pronounced “may loon” and “may hwaan.” Following Chinese tradition, the cubs were named on their 100th day. Five sets of names, all…

Learn About Orangutan Conservation

Blaze, Zoo Atlanta. (Photo: Bridget Wright) Orangutan habitats are being destroyed by deforestation, making these beautiful animals critically endangered. Accredited zoos – such as Zoo Atlanta, home to Blaze (above) – are working toward orangutan conservation through research, maintaining healthy populations, and raising awareness. You can help! Learn more at the Orangutan Conservation Education Center.

Virginia Zoo’s Red Pandas Explore Habitat

Red Pandas Explore Habitat | October 16, 2013: Charlie and Thomas, the Virginia Zoo’s red panda cubs, explore their habitat with their mother, Bernadette. The cubs were born June 20. At first Bernadette ferried her babies about by the scruffs of their necks, but the pair began exploring independently at night the first week of…

Nashville Zoo Welcomes Giant Anteater

Nashville Zoo Welcomes Giant Anteater | August 30, 2013: This new addition, a male, was born July 17. His arrival brings Nashville Zoo’s total anteater population to 15 – the largest collection in North America. Both mom and baby are doing well. Giant anteaters are solitary animals from the tropical forests of Central and South…

Malayan Tapir Born at Minnesota Zoo

Malayan Tapir Born at Minnesota Zoo | July 23, 2013: It’s a girl! This Malayan tapir was born to mom Bertie on July 20, 2013; she’s the first born at the zoo since 1991. The Malayan tapir is an endangered species, so each birth is significant. At birth, calves weigh 10-20 pounds, but grow to…

Andean Bear Cub Makes His Debut

Phoenix Zoo’s Andean Bear Cub Makes His Public Debut | July 16, 2013: Luka is ready to meet the his fans! Born in January, Luka is the first cub successfully born and raised at the Phoenix Zoo, and his mom Rio’s first successful cub. Baby Luka has been exploring his exhibit under Rio’s watchful eye,…

Angolan Colobus Monkey Born at the Lake Superior Zoo

Angolan Colobus Monkey Born at the Lake Superior Zoo | July 12, 2013: Above, mom Kelly grooms her new baby, born somewhere between the evening hours of June 25th and the morning of June 26th. While the zoo has welcomed many babies, this is the first as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums…

Woodland Park Zoo Welcomes Otter Pups

Otter Pups at the Woodland Park Zoo | June 14, 2013: The Woodland Park Zoo’s Asian small-clawed otters, above, are now proud parents! Zookeepers heard unusual, high-pitched squeals in the otter den on Tuesday, plus found a newly made bamboo nest, leading to one conclusion: otter pups!. The number of pups is so far unknown.…

Seneca Park Zoo Welcomes Sea Lion Pup

Seneca Park Zoo Welcomes Sea Lion Pup | June 7, 2013: On Saturday, June 1, the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY welcomed this little cutie, born to 4-year-old Marina. Marina came to the zoo in 2011 from Marine Mammal Care Center after being found stranded on a California beach. The pup’s father, Puff, had…

Three Endangered Baby Penguins Hatch at Audubon Aquarium

Three Endangered Baby Penguins Hatch at Audubon Aquarium | June 5, 2013 Three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chicks hatched at the Audubon Aquarium in March, to proud parents Voodoo and Tag, Snake and Quatloo, and Endymion and Kenickie. The chicks are growing quickly and have joined the penguin colony on exhibit – and you can…

Lion Cubs Get Names

Lion Cubs Get Names! | April 4, 2013: These five cuties were born at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo on December 29, 2012. The zoo held a contest through their Facebook page to name the cubs, and the results are in: the two males are Taj (“crown”) and Josiri (“brave”), and the females are Kya (“diamond…