Posted: 6:01 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
By Bo Emerson
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
OTHER YOUNGSTERS AT ZOO
The baby boom at Zoo Atlanta has boosted the zoo’s population of endangered animals and triggered a reaction from visitors that could be described as shock and “awww!”
Gorilla mother Sukari gave birth Aug. 30 to a female infant who has not yet been named. The father is Taz. In March, tiny Andi was born to another female, Lulu. Taz is also Andi’s father.
Miri, a Bornean orangutan, gave birth Sept. 14 to an infant male fathered by Sulango. On Jan. 10, Blaze, a Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to another male baby, Pongo, by C-section. Benny is Pongo’s father.
Andazi, a 7-year-old rhino, gave birth to a male calf Aug. 17. It is the first eastern black rhino to be born at Zoo Atlanta, and a member of a critically endangered species.
Five Guatemalan beaded lizards were born at the zoo in April. They are among the only venomous lizards on the planet and perhaps the world’s rarest lizard. The eggs were deposited last November and hatched after 180 days of incubation, according to the zoo’s curator of herpetology, Brad Lock. Zoo Atlanta’s collection of 19 is the world’s only zoological collection outside of Guatemala.
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Zoo Atlanta. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $16.99-$21.99. 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-624-9453, www.zooatlanta.org.