Newborn animals on display at Albuquerque zoo | KOB 4

Newborn animals on display at Albuquerque zoo

Emily Jaceks
July 13, 2018 07:04 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - They're cute, they're furry, and if you're lucky enough, you may catch a glimpse of the three new exotic animals now on display at the Albuquerque zoo.


Zookeepers say Izy, a black and white ruffed lemur, is already showing her personality.

“Izy has a particular love for big brother Finch. They'll cuddle and snuggle together, and of course mama. But you'll see all their personalities,” Dr. Erin Flynn, Mammal Curator at the Abq BioPark Zoo said.

There wasn't a big gender reveal for Izy. Zoo officials said they can't tell the sex of a lemur until they are about 2 years old.

“That really helps them in the wild, because if we can’t tell and we can look them over, the predators can’t tell either. So it's a helpful cloak in wild animals,” Dr. Flynn said.

In addition to Izzy, there's a new snow leopard at the zoo. He still hasn't been named.

And who could forget thorn? He's the zoo's fourth Asian elephant born since 1992. Elephant managers said he's gaining on average two to three pounds every day!

“But in comparison, he could run underneath Rozie's belly without his back touching her. And now he has to squash down and push through to get under mom,” Rhonda Saiers said.

The zoo also has a few "toddlers." Zoo officials said a pair of giraffes are doing well. Jambazzi is now one year old and already weighs 800 pounds. His sister Malika is about 9 months old and weighs a couple hundred pounds less.


Emily Jaceks

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