Brevard Zoo has had a busy spring with five births, including a set of triplets. Births are important events at the zoo, often requiring monitoring, physical exams by the zoo vet, and constant observation to make sure mothers and babies are bonding. And, of course, the photo sessions. Some of the photos that were taken can be seen in the attached slideshow.
A baby jaguar cub was born Jan. 26 to Masaya. The cub, who weighed three pounds at birth, is now on display at Brevard Zoo. The cub, a male, has bonded well with it’s mother and is very playful. Masaya previously gave birth to two jaguars on Sept. 29, 2008 and she also had a female in June 2007.
The Brevard Zoo welcomed two new baby giraffes in February. A male baby Masai giraffe was born on February 6, 2013, and on February 19, a female Masai was born. The male was born to Johari. Measuring 6′ tall, the calf weighed 159 pounds. “The baby giraffe is doing very well,” said Trevor Zachariah, the veterinarian at Brevard Zoo. “A physical exam and various diagnostics were performed within the first 24 hours after birth, which confirmed he was a male and in good health. He had some mild weakness in one of his legs for the first two days, but that is now resolved,” said Zachariah. And the female, born to dad, Raffiki, and mom, Milenna, weighed 145 pounds. The calves have been introduced and are learning to play with one another. And the mothers, who have both given birth previously, are resting.
March, the third month of the year, brought triplets to the zoo. Clancy and Bailey, Capybaras, welcomed three babies on St.Patrick’s Day. Capybara eat the leaves of grasses and other plants. Only a week after they are born, baby Capybara can eat grass, although they continue to drink mother’s milk. This is the second litter for parents Clancy and Bailey. They have been at Brevard Zoo for two years. The pups can be found playing in their exhibit in the La Selva area of the Zoo.
A baby Baird’s Tapir was born at Brevard Zoo on April 2. The baby female Baird’s Tapir could be seen two weeks after her birth with her mom, Josie. in the La Selva area of the zoo. Baird’s tapirs are the largest mammals native to Central America and can grow to five feet in length and weigh up to 550 lbs when fully grown..
They are a primitive animal that resembles the ancestor of rhinos and horses and have changed very little in the last 35 million years. Tapir’s are characterized by a long, fleshy nose, like a shortened version of an elephant’s trunk and live in tropical forests and grasslands. The species is endangered as a result of habitat destruction and hunting.
Brevard Zoo is a strong supporter of both local and international wildlife conservation projects. More than $435,000 in grants to conservation projects around the world have been awarded by the zoo as a result of it’s Quarters for Conservation program.