The Philadelphia Zoo Says "Happy Mother's Day" With New Zoo Moms

This Mother’s Day, Philadelphia Zoo is honoring all of its animal moms living at the Zoo. Spring is in the air and the Zoo welcomes many new babies making this a very special year. The Zoo is proud to introduce new babies for Black & White Ruffed Lemurs, Andean Geese, Sebastopol Geese, and of course, the Sloth Bear Cub. Plus, Kira and Honi are busy gorilla moms raising toddlers Ajabu and Amani. As a special Mother's Day message for Moms here and around the country and globe, Philadelphia Zoo shares a special Mother's Day video spotlighting these new moms and their babies.Click HERE to see it.

In December, a delightful sloth bear cub was born to Kayla, the Zoo’s 7-year-old female and 6-year old Bhalu. Debuting in March on the Zoo’s new Facebook Live Program- Philly Zoo at 2pm, the cub is growing by leaps and bounds. In April, the Zoo asked the people to choose its name.  One problem –they've been almost entirely hands-off with the cub, and not sure of the sex, so the potential names all needed to be appropriate for either a boy or girl.

Voting was a weeklong event, and there was an overwhelming response, with close to 200,000 people voting online. The favorite name, with 53% of the votes: Keematee which means “precious” in Hindi.

Of course the Zoo is closed until further notice, but when they re-open, you can see all these new additions in person.

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