DENVER (CBS4)- The Denver Zoo is celebrating Mother’s Day weekend with some pictures of their new arrivals. These include little ones for the sheep, turtle and buffalo families, among others.
The residents of the zoo’s two Sheep Mountains recently welcomed three newcomers, two Dall’s sheep and a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The Dall’s sheep lambs were born to mothers Roberts and Mona on April 24 and 28. The father of both sheep is named Ridge.
The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep was born April 17 to mother Ivory and father Cliff.
Thirteen Reimann’s snake-necked turtles have hatched in the last week. The almost fully-aquatic, freshwater species can only be found in Papua New Guinea. Some of them may soon be seen in Tropical Discovery’s nursery.
Several Denver Zoo guests witnessed the birth of a male cape buffalo on the central range exhibit on Tuesday, April 26. The buffalo, named Knightly, is on exhibit with his mother, Charlene.
Guests can also see Kanoa, a baby De Brazza’s monkey that was born in November 2010. He was described as independent as an infant, but has become even more so now that he is a little older.
Hesty, the first orangutan to be born at the zoo 25 years will celebrate her first birthday next month. She is now beginning to explore her habitat on her own, albeit with mom, Nias, no more than a few feet away at all times. Sumatran orangutans are only found on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.
Four of the most popular zoo births from last summer, Amur tiger cubs Zaria, Akasha, Thimbu and Nikolai are growing up fast. They are now all about 150 pounds, more than half of what their mother weighs.