New Animals at the Zoo
Rotating - Permanent
Museum: National Zoo
Location: Throughout the Zoo
Visit some of the newest members of the Zoo family:
- A black howler monkey was born December 15, 2012, at the Small Mammal House
- Two Dama gazelles: A male born September 4, 2012, and a female born October 13, 2012
- Roseate spoonbill chicks, born June 2012
- Scarlet ibis chick, born June 2012
- Stanley crane chick, born May 2012
- Two fishing cat kittens, born May 18, 2012
- Two cheetah cubs, born April 23, 2012, at the Zoo's Conservation Biology Institute
- Two Guam rail chicks hatched March 3 and 4, 2012. Guam rails are extremely rare, and the chicks bring the total population of the small, flightless birds to 162.
- A male kiwi chick hatched March 7, 2012. The National Zoo was the first zoo to hatch a kiwi outside of New Zealand in 1975.
- A rhea chick hatched March 8, 2012. Male rheas build the nest, incubate the eggs, and raise the chicks after they hatch. The bird originally comes from South America and can grow to be over five feet tall.
- A wattled crane chick hatched March 16, 2012. In stark contrast to their white-plumaged parents, wattled crane chicks sport yellow downy feathers and very small wattles—flaps of skin that prominently hang beneath the beak of adult birds.
- Sunbittern chicks hatched March 28, 2012. A long-billed bird, the sunbittern has a thin neck and patterned feathers. When threatened, it spreads its wings to display numerous eyespots. With its tail lifted as well, its feathers form a semicircle.