Three different species of duiker—red-flanked, black, and yellow-backed— were born in July. These small antelopes inhabit the forests and dense bushland of sub-Saharan Africa. Other recent births include two white-fronted marmosets, two François’ langurs, a Masai giraffe, a lowland paca, and a bighorn sheep.
Recent bird hatchings include a scarlet macaw, a greater flamingo, and six black-headed weavers. Weaverbirds are native to Africa and are very similar in appearance to our native hooded orioles, which also weave basket-like nests that hang from tree limbs. The two species are an excellent example of convergent evolution.
The L.A. Zoo participates in many reptile Species Survival Plans (SSPs), one of which is for Aruba Island rattlesnakes. The Zoo has featured this beautiful species in its collection for many years, and recently we received the go-ahead to breed them once more. So, we’re happy to announce that six babies were born in July, along with five Armenian vipers (another SSP species), and three litters of European horn-nosed vipers. Other new LAIR arrivals include one knob-tailed gecko and eight Baja blue rock lizards.