Baby Boom at the Zoo
The animals at our MAP partner, the Toronto Zoo, have been busy these past few months! A number of animals have been welcoming their adorable little bundles of joy to the world. From African penguins, to South American monkeys, to Central Asian camels, there has been an increase of cuteness in Toronto and you can visit them at the Toronto Zoo.
African Penguin Chicks (born January 28, March 29 & April 1, 2012)
The African Penguin chick born in January is named Eldon. I think this is a stately name for a penguin, don't you agree? Sadly, the African penguin population is 10% of what it was 100 years ago.
Golden Lion Tamarin (born March 20, 2012)
Look at the vibrant shade of red fur and hair on these New World monkeys! I imagine the Golden Lion Tamarin's hair is close to the same shade of red as one of my favourite story book heroines, Anne of Green Gables.
Ring-tailed Lemur (born March 5, 2012)
Did you know that the Ring-tailed lemur's tail is longer than its body? That's no tall tail (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!)
Polar Bear Cub (born October 11, 2011)
Hudson, the Toronto Zoo's baby polar bear, could grow as large as 600 kilograms (over 1,300 pounds)! Females are smaller, up to a mere 300 kilograms (around 660 pounds).
Bactrian Camel Calf (born August 5, 2011)
Fun facts: Bactrian camels have two humps and rarely sweat. This helps them to conserve fluids for long periods of time. Also, a thirsty camel can drink as much as 114 litres of water in just 10 minutes!