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.