Two Holiday Babies Make their Arrival at the Memphis Zoo
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Two Holiday Babies Make their Arrival at the Memphis Zoo

The first baby to arrive this holiday season can be found in the Animals of the Night. Our pair of tamanduas have become a family of three! Mom, Winnie, and dad, Wendel, recently welcomed their first baby together. The baby will nurse and ride on moms back and takes breaks to explore near mom in their exhibit. Wendel is taking a break off exhibit while mom continues to do an incredible job taking care of the baby.

Our keeper staff recognizes how well mom is doing taking care of her baby, so they are doing their best not to disturb her in any way. Therefore, a gender or a name has not yet been determined. Come see baby with mom Winnie on exhibit in Animals of the Night.

 

Tamanduas are a type of anteater native to central and South America. Tamanduas have many unique features that help them survive in the wild. They don’t have very good vision, but they do have a keen sense of smell which they use to sniff out insects. They use their prehensile tail to aid them in climbing and their long front claws are used for digging up insects, climbing, and self-defense.

Our most recent baby born at the zoo was a Francois Langur found in the CHINA exhibit. Parents Jay Jay and Jean Grey welcomed their fifth baby to the group, Ryder. Ryder is being held close to mom; however, he is very easy to spot since he is bright orange! Francois langurs are born orange to signify to the rest of the group that they are babies and need protection. The females in the troop all take part in helping raise the baby, so his sisters are passing him around! This gives the young females in the troop practice carrying babies. Ryder will begin exploring on his own, while staying close to mom in the upcoming weeks.

 

Francois langurs are native to the dense, humid forests and green valleys of southern China. Langurs are folivorous, meaning they eat leaves almost exclusively. However, our langurs also enjoy fruits and veggies every now and then.

Both the tamandua and Francois langur babies are significant population additions to their respective Species Survival Plans (SSP). SSPs ensure there is a healthy, genetically diverse, stable population of animal whose wild population is at risk.

Posted by Jessica Faulk at 9:00 AM