Image description: The National Zoo’s three-month-old sloth bear cub is male.
The cub was born on December 19 and has spent the past 13 weeks bonding with Hana, his mother, in a den near the Asia Trail exhibit. Animal care staff and the public have had the opportunity to watch Hana nurture the cub and watch him play and grow via the live Sloth Bear Cub Cam.
The information gathered from watching their behavior will be shared with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the benefit of other institutions that exhibit and want to breed this species. The cub’s first veterinary exam is planned in the next few weeks and the family’s public debut will take place later this summer.
Photo by Courtney Janney, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Image description: Shanthi, an Asian elephant, plays in the new Elephant Community Center at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The Zoo recently opened a new home for its elephants that provides indoor and outdoor access year round.
Photo by Andrea Pohlman, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Image description: A maned wolf, Chrysocyon brachyurus, at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The maned wolf stands about three feet tall at the shoulder and weighs about 50 pounds. They’re omnivorous, eating small mammals, insects, reptiles, birds, bird eggs, fruits, and vegetation. In January of 2012, four maned wolf pups were born at the Zoo.
Photo from the National Zoo.
Image description: Electra, the National Zoo’s newest fishing cat mom, teaches her two babies how to fish for food.
Electra gave birth to the kittens on May 18. It was the first time fishing cats have been bred at the National Zoo.
Photo by the National Zoo.
From the National Zoo:
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently oversaw the births of two fishing cats, one of Asia’s most elusive species. The kittens were born between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 18 in an off-exhibit den. Their birth marks an important milestone: this is the first time fishing cats have successfully bred and produced young at the National Zoo.
Learn more about the birth of the fishing cats.
Picture from the National Zoo.