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See baby animals at Chicago’s Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoos this summer

A lot’s happened in Chicago since last summer, including the arrival of these 26 bundles of fur/feathers at the area’s two zoos.

Because glamour shots of baby animals never hurt anybody.

What: An okapi, sometimes also called a “forest
giraffe,” is a rare hoofed mammal native to the Democratic Republic
of the Congo. It wasn’t even discovered by biologists until 1900,
and remains a protected species today. The Brookfield Zoo was the
first American zoo to have an okapi birth, back in 1959, and since
then, more than 30 okapi calves have been born at the zoo.

Born: April 27 at Brookfield Zoo. This female
calf is still awaiting a name, but zoo vets say both she and her
mom, 8-year-old Semliki, are doing well.

Where to see: Until she’s about three months –
late this summer – the calf will spendthe majority of her
time off exhibit, but you might be able to catch a glimpse at
Habitat Africa!

The Brookfield Zoo is open daily9:30
a.m.-6 p.m. (7:30 p.m Sundays)

Okapi


What: A Hoffman two-toed sloth, which has not
been named or sexed yet. These sloths arenative to Central
and South America and known for their large hooked claws and being
excruciatingly slow-moving.

Born: Feb. 15 at Lincoln Park Zoo

Where to see: This little guy or gal is on
exhibit daily at the Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House but can
be tricky to see at times. Check on the underbelly of its
20-year-old first-time mom. Readmore

The Lincoln Park Zoo is open 10 a.m.-5
p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekends

Two-toed Sloth


What: A dozen domestic piglets

Born: May 6 at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm at
the Zoo

Half the squeals at the barnyard are coming from the piglets;the other half are from visitors, who can’t get enough of theselittle guys. Sadly, piglets grow quickly, so they won’t stay littlefor long. But the Lincoln Park partners with an area farm and isexpecting a new pregnant sow in mid-June, so stay tuned in July formore piglets.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is open 10 a.m.-5
p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekends

Piglets


What: A male hite-cheeked gibbon, an endangered
ape native to southeast Asia, named Sai, which means “son” in
Burmese.

Born: Jan. 6 at the Lincoln Park Zoo.Sai
is the third baby for mom Burma and dad Caruso and is growing up
quickly: Zoo Curator of Primates Maureen
Leahy says he already has baby teeth and his fur is starting to
darken.

Where to see: You can find Sai at the Zoo’s
Helen Brach Primate House. Look up: Leahy says he’s starting to
venture from Burma and reach for vines on his own.

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“son? in Burmese,”

The Lincoln Park Zoo is open 10 a.m.-5
p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekends


What: European white stork. You might remember
the three baby chicks that were born in May 2010 (left).

Born: May 12 at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Where to see: The mated pair of storks have
built their nest in a viewable outdoor habitat next to the
McCormick Bird House, where you can use your eagle eye to spot the
baby.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is open 10 a.m.-5
p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekends

Stork


What: 10 African wild dog pups, an endangered
species also known as painted dogs. The litter was one of only
three born in a North American zoo in 2010.

Born: Thanksgiving Day 2010 at Brookfield
Zoo

Where to see: The pups join their mother, Kim,
father Digger and Digger’s brother Duke in the zoo’s Habitat
Africa: The Savannah exhibit. Read moreand see photos

The Brookfield Zoo is open daily9:30
a.m.-6 p.m. (7:30 p.m Sundays)

The Lincoln Park Zoo is open 10 a.m.-5
p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. weekends

African Pup


Tapeko, a 29-year-old dolphin at the Brookfield Zoo, is pregnantand due to give birth mid-fall. That’s her ultrasound on the left.The proud (we assume) papa is 28-year-old Chinook, another memberof the zoo’s dophin pod.And if our math is right, there should be a baby
dolphin coming to Shedd sometime soon.

Coming soon…


What: A Pacific white-sided dolphin

Born: June 3 at the Shedd Aquarium. The
pregnancy was a result of a partnership between Shedd and the Miami
Seaquarium. Tique returned from Miami last summer pregnant, and the
father is Li’i, a male dolphin at the Seaquarium.

Where to see: The calf is swimming with mom
Tique at the aquarium’s Secluded Bay habitat. Aquarium officials
say both the calf, whose sex has not been determined yet, and mom
are doing well. Read more

Dolphin


What: Two unnamed joeys

Born: Sept. 18, 2010 and Oct. 9, 2010

Where to see: The pair of western grey kangaroo
joeys can now be seen with their mothers bounding around their
outdoor habitat at Brookfield Zoo’s Australia House.

TheBrookfield Zoo is open daily9:30
a.m.-6 p.m. (7:30 p.m Sundays)

Kangaroos


What: Male addax calf, a rare type of African
antelope, named Chad, after one of the few African nations where
addax are still found.

Born: June 17, 2010.

Where to see: As he grows and gets stronger,
Chad can be seen in one of the outdoor yards along 31st Street.
When he is around five months old, zoo staff say he will be ready
to reunite with the rest of the herd, which includes his mother,
Martha; Tina, 8; and Aretha, 17.

TheBrookfield Zoo is open daily9:30
a.m.-6 p.m. (7:30 p.m Sundays)

Addax


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