BABY BOOM! Endangered species born at National Zoo

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo has celebrated the births of 31 new animals over the past several weeks, including a number of endangered species.

Among those born are:

  • A short-eared elephant shrew was born May 8 at the Zoo's Small Mammal House.
  • A fishing cat, recently named Hunter, was born April 15 on Asia Trail.
  • A leaf-tailed gecko hatched June 2.
  • Three loggerhead shrike chicks hatched in mid-May at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.
  • Black-footed ferret kit season is in full swing at SCBI. Twenty-four ferrets have been born so far, and 10 more ferret mothers may give birth in the next few weeks
  • Extinct in the wild, a rare scimitar-horned oryx was born May 15. It was the 164th scimitar-horned oryx calf to be born at SCBI.
  • A red panda gave birth to two surviving cubs May 27 at SCBI.

Headquartered in Front Royal, Va., SCBI facilitates and promotes veterinary and reproductive research as well as conservation ecology programs based at Front Royal, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and at field research stations and training sites worldwide.


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