Category: Animal Births
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
After an almost two-year pregnancy, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is happy to announce the addition of a female calf to its Asian elephant herd. Kairavi, Sanskrit for moonlight, was born Tuesday, October 9, at 11:28 p.m., inside the OKC Zoo’s elephant habitat at Sanctuary Asia. Both mother, Asha, and newborn, Kairavi (Kai), are in good health and are now viewable to guests. Kai’s arrival brings the total number of Asian elephants at the Zoo to seven.
at Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Sam and Olivia, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s trumpeter swan pair, are parents again! OKC Zoo caretakers noted Olivia laid her clutch of four eggs by Tuesday, May 29 and had been dutifully incubating ever since. When the eggs were inspected to see if they demonstrated any signs of fertility, one of the four showed signs of viability.
Happily, on Friday, June 29, the egg did produce a new cygnet (baby swan) and it appears to be healthy, already venturing out to explore its new home and...
at Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is home to 1,186 animals, all of whom have a father. While it would be nearly impossible to profile each individual dad, in honor of Father’s Day, allow us to introduce a few of the Zoo’s best known and most prodigious parents.
Photo: Andrea Johnson
Togo, Western Lowland Gorilla
Togo, a 29-year-old silverback Western lowland gorilla, has fathered three offspring, including Ruby and Azinza, who remain at the OKC...
at Friday, June 15, 2018
Monday, December 26, 2016
Breeding and reproduction are important, natural behaviors and normal aspects of the lifecycle for all animals. At the Oklahoma City Zoo, we support the natural breeding behavior of our Asian elephant herd, as it promotes the physical health of the animals and a quality well-being. This quality of life for elephants is best experienced in a natural social structure involving a mixed herd of several different generations.
At the Zoo, the elephants engage in natural breeding behavior. The...
at Monday, December 26, 2016
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
It’s a Boy! After almost fifteen months Ellie, a 16-year-old giraffe has given birth to her fifth calf and second son! The little one arrived overnight on December 5, 2016.
All babies are cherished but this “little” guy holds a special spot in our hearts. Sadly his beloved father Bogy passed away last winter so it is wonderful to welcome his heir into our herd. He joins big sister Julu who turned one in June. I look forward to watching the siblings run and play.
at Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
While alpha male, Dojo, stood guard outside the den box in the early morning hours of November 17, Xena, our female African painted dog, began giving birth to her fourth litter of critically endangered pups.
Throughout the delivery, the exact number of pups was a mystery to Zoo staff as they monitored Xena’s progress on remote cameras. After two days of active labor, they confirmed that Xena had given birth to 14 painted pups!
Xena has become an experienced and doting mother....
at Wednesday, November 30, 2016