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  • Baby Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine!

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    Check out this adorable baby porcupine - called a porcupette - that was born at Brookfield Zoo on July 2. The porcupette is the first of its species, the prehensile-tailed porcupine, to be born at Brookfield Zoo. After monitoring the mother, 5-year-old Lucia, for an extended period of time, it became clear that she was not going to provide her offspring proper maternal care, as she was not allowing him to nurse. At that time, animal care and veterinary staff made the decision to intervene and hand-rear the baby, who is thriving.

    Following a gestation of about 203 days, a porcupette, weighing just under a pound, is born with soft quills that protect the mom during the birthing process. After a few days, the quills harden with keratin, which gives them their sharpness. Baby porcupines are relatively mature and mobile immediately following birth.

    Both Lucia and the porcupette’s dad, 4-year-old Eddie, are members of Brookfield Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Program and can be seen in Hamill Family Play Zoo. Once the young porcupine is weaned from the bottle, he will also be a part of this program, which offers guests the opportunity to have up-close experiences with many of the animals. Show less
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    • National Zoo Keeper Week: Meet Carrie! - Duration: 73 seconds.

      • 12 hours ago
      • 94 views
      Brookfield Zoo is celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week, July 15-21. We're kicking it off with Carrie, Lead Animal Care Specialist of Ungulates, which include camels, zebras, okapi, and more!
    • Baby Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine! - Duration: 39 seconds.

      • 5 days ago
      • 1,389 views
      Check out this adorable baby porcupine - called a porcupette - that was born at Brookfield Zoo on July 2. The porcupette is the first of its species, the prehensile-tailed porcupine, to be born at ...
    • Dik-Dik Born at Brookfield Zoo - Duration: 29 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      • 1,238 views
      Brookfield Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a Kirk's dik-dik, one of the world's smallest antelope species! The male calf weighed 1.5 pounds at birth. Based on the recommendation from the As...
    • Baby Gorilla Name Announced! - Duration: 38 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      • 1,124 views
      We have a name! The western lowland gorilla born on June 1, 2018 is a female and has been named Ali. The 1-month-old infant and her mother, Koola, can be seen in the zoo's Tropic World: Africa habi...
    • Busy Birds! Taveta Golden Weavers - Duration: 34 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 165 views
      The Taveta Golden Weavers live in Habitat Africa! The Savannah and can often be seen weaving nests. Out of plant material. It takes them 1-3 weeks, depending on how elaborate they make them. (One c...
    • Foodie Friday: Pangolin Diet - Duration: 60 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 268 views
      Pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world, mainly poached for food and for use in Asian medicine. Brookfield Zoo is one of the few zoos in North America with pangolins in residence. Fin...
    • Arachnids Take 5! - Duration: 61 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 204 views
      What has two body parts, eight legs, and two pedipalps? No worries, we do the math for you in our new Take 5: Arachnids! For more, head to our interactive experience #AmazingArachnids on the West M...
    • Amazing Arachnids at Brookfield Zoo - Duration: 49 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 335 views
      Join us for an aMAZEing time weaving your way through a new temporary exhibit—Amazing Arachnids! The interactive and engaging experience opens May 26 and continues through September 3, featuring tw...
    • Gorilla Baby Born at Brookfield Zoo! - Duration: 34 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 46,168 views
      Koola Gorilla gave birth on June 1, 2018, and mother and child have been bonding at Brookfield Zoo's Tropic World: Africa habitat since then. See more at www.czs.org/BabyGorilla
    • Binturong Take 5! - Duration: 48 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 405 views
      Have you ever walked into the Clouded Leopard Rain Forest and said, "What's that smell?" Well, meet the animal that produces it - a binturong!
    • Foodie Friday: Layla Rhino's "Mash" Diet - Duration: 51 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 351 views
      If you've seen the latest Dr. Mike's Video Blog, you know that one of our black rhinos has been undergoing procedures for an infection in her sinuses. Our nutritionist "cooked up" a special diet t...
    • Peacocks at Brookfield Zoo - Duration: 34 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 384 views
      It's hard to miss these lovely birds as they roam the grounds of Brookfield Zoo, but seeing them in full display is a real treat! They often "woo" peahens (and sometimes even guinea fowl) in the sp...
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