The Dallas Zoo is proud to announce that they are “parents” of 15 baby animals born this summer.
The baby boom includes llamas, flamingos, warthogs, turtles, snakes, a chimp, a colobus, an impala and a giraffe.
Veterinarian and Deputy Director of Animal Conversation and Science, Dr. Lynn Kramer and his staff have been busy handling the numerous births across the zoo.
A three-year old giraffe, Katie, gave birth to her first calf on July 23, a healthy 5-foot, 10-inch, 105-pound girl.
In celebration, the Dallas Zoo is having a baby-naming contest for its newborn baby giraffe the first born at the zoo in 24 years and the first at the Giants of Savanna habitat.
The winner of the contest will receive a trip for four to San Diego Wild Animal Park in California. Entries will be accepted at the Dallas Zoo or via regular mail. The contest ends on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Mail entries must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2011.
Also to celebrate the multiple births across the zoo, the Dallas Zoo is offering half-price admission for children ages 3 to 11 for the duration of the contest until August 21. One discount per person, children under two years of age are always free. The half price doesn’t pertain to DZS member discount tickets, school or large groups.
Where to go to see the newborns:
- Two baby Caribbean flamingos at the Flamingo Pond
- A baby colobus at Primate Place
- Two baby llamas at Large Mammal Building
- A baby pancake turtle at Reptile Building Nursery
- A baby Taylor’s Cantil pitviper at Reptile Building Nursery
- A baby eyelash viper at Reptile Building Nursery
- A baby beautiful pitviper at Reptile Building Nursery
- A baby three-toed box turtle at Reptile Building Nursery
- A baby chimp at Chimpanzee Forest on the Gorilla Trail
- A baby giraffe at Giants of Savanna
- Two baby warthogs aka piglets at Giants of Savanna
- A baby impala aka antelope at Giants of Savanna
According to Dr. Kramer, the Dallas Zoo family will top 16 before the end of the month with another baby chimp due any day.
The Dallas Zoo is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and suggests that people come out early in the day. The misting machines are on to keep people and animals cool. Plus you can see the animals enjoy ice treats like fruit and veggie popsicles.
The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75203, Interstate 35 at the Marsalis exit. For more information go to www.dallaszoo.com or call 469-554-7500.