The San Diego Zoo has some exiting babies these days. A new panda cub was born earlier this week, and while it won’t be on exhibit for a few months, I’ve been keeping an eye on the Panda Cam to try to catch a glimpse – I think I’ve seen it twice so far.
There’s also a two-month old okapi named Sekele who IS on exhibit, so I went to the zoo last week to bask in the baby-okapi-cuteness. Sekele was prancing around the exhibit a bit and trailing his mom as she walked around to the food stations, and I got a good view of them at the acacia hanger nearest to the viewing area.
Sekele near the back of the enclosure
Baby okapi hiding in mom's shadow
Big stretch to get the acacia
Heading to the back again - check out those stripes!
This Red River Hog isn’t a zoo baby, but he’s still cute enough for a picture!
Red River Hog
Across from the Red River Hog, the monkeys and otters are always crowd favorites. As I walked by last weekend, the young monkeys were playing with their biscuits near the water’s edge…
Young monkeys playing with biscuits
And one biscuit was stolen by an otter, who sratched it against the wall…
Otter playing with stolen biscuit
Some other zoo babies I saw last week were the meerkats, in the exhibit near the kopje. According to the zoo blog, these meerkats were recently moved over from the old Elephant Mesa exhibit – it sounds like quite a hassle to move 16 meerkats!
Digging - it's what meerkats do!
Baby meerkat about to run
Partners in Crime
I also saw two baby giraffes – there was quite a line for giraffe feeding when I walked by, but the babys must be too short to reach over the wall on that section, so they were off at the other end of the exhibit by themselves.
Cuddly baby giraffe! I think he was watching me.
This one was slightly older, but still cute!