BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The number of baby animals at the Buffalo Zoo continues to grow.
The latest addition with the ongoing baby boom is a Japanese macaque, born on August 30 to parents Debbi, who is 16-years-old, and Ketu, who is 8. Ketu already has one other offspring, while Debbi has three.
Other baby animals at the zoo include:
- Four big horn sheep (two males, two females) were born in April and May of 2014. They are on exhibit daily during zoo hours.
- Nyah, a baby western lowland gorilla, was born on September 4, 2013 to parents Lily and Koga. She joins her family in the gorilla exhibit daily during zoo hours.
- An ocelot kitten named Arieta was born on December 10, 2013 to parents Ayla and Pedro. She can be seen with her mother from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit.
- In March, sisters Daisy and Ellie each gave birth to a litter of pups. Rascal is the father of both litters. They take turns in the zoo’s otter creek from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. Visitors often find them napping inside one of the exhibit’s hollow logs.
- A baby reindeer was born on April 25, 2014 to parents Ellie and Borealis. The baby reindeer can be seen on exhibit daily during zoo hours.
- Monica, the baby Indian rhino was born on June 5, 2014 to mother, Tashi. Zoo officials expect her to debut on exhibit during the next few weeks and will announce when the public can view her.
- A number of baby vampire bats have been born in recent months. They are out on exhibit daily during zoo hours in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit.
- A baby hyena was born at the zoo in late June
Japanese macaques are often referred to as snow monkeys because their natural habitat is in the snowy mountain regions of Japan. The wild population of snow monkeys is threatened by the replacement of natural forests in Japan with lumber plantations and other developments.
So far, because Debbi is so protective of her newborn, zookeepers have not been able to get close enough to determine the baby’s gender.