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Curious Baby Hippo Plays Peek-A-Boo at San Diego Zoo

Photo taken by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo

Devi, an 9-week-old hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo, is a very curious calf. Recently, she could be seen repeatedly popping up to the glass wall of her 150,000 gallon pool take to take a look at all the guests who were fascinated with her. Hippos have a membrane that protects their eyes and allows them to see underwater, which means that Devi can watch the guests watching her.

Over the last several weeks she has grown stronger and more curious and has ventured to the farthest reaches and deepest parts of the pool. But everywhere Devi goes, Funani is just a few feet away, and will nose the calf back toward the shore, where Funani tucks her into vegetation to keep her protected.

Devi was born on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m. with animal care staff observing. Funani and Devi share the exhibit with Devi’s father, Otis. Mother and daughter can be seen on exhibit Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

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A Healthy Baby Giraffe at the San Diego Zoo

Giraffe Calf at San Diego ZooA brand-new female Masai giraffe at the San Diego Zoo had her first medical exam earlier this week. Veterinarians and animal care staff covered the newborn’s eyes with a soft towel to keep her calm while they confirmed her sex, checked her eyes, ears, tongue and throat, drew blood to ensure she is nursing properly, and checked her umbilicus for proper healing. Initial results determined the calf is healthy and strong, even though she is still getting used to her long, wobbly legs. The lanky youngster weighed in at 136 pounds and stands 6 feet tall; she may weigh as much as 500 pounds and stand 7 to 7 ½ feet tall by the time she is 6 months old.

After the exam, the youngster ventured around the maternity yard with her doting mother, Bahati. The curious calf interacted with her father, Silver, and other members of the Zoo’s giraffe herd from the protective fencing set up by keepers to separate the newborn and her mother from the herd until the calf is strong enough to venture into the larger habitat and interact with the others.

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San Diego Zoo Takes in Two Asian Elephants en Route to Oklahoma Zoo

One of two Asian Elephants taken in by the San Diego Zoo this month.

San Diego Zoo animal care staff received two additional guests at the Conrad Prebys Elephant Care Center this month. The two Asian elephants were en route from the Woodland Park Zoo to the Oklahoma City Zoo but plans changed due to veterinary concerns.

Female elephants Bamboo, 48, and Chai, 36, arrived at the San Diego Zoo early this month, and have been placed into quarantine while animal care staff evaluate their condition.

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A Baby Hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo

PHOTO NEWS RELEASE Hip, Hip, Hooray for Hippopotamus Born at San Diego Zoo  	A three-day-old river hippopotamus pokes its head out of the water under the watchful eye of its mother at the San Diego Zoo. The calf was born on Monday, March 23 to mother,The newest river hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo is just a few weeks old and already has an online following. The calf was born on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m. with animal care staff observing. Mother Funani has had the main hippo exhibit to herself the last several weeks in anticipation of the calf’s birth.

Mom and baby are doing fine and animal care staff witnessed the calf nursing on several occasions. Funani, who is 30 years old, has raised four other hippos at the San Diego Zoo – three females and most recently a male, named Adhama, born January 26, 2011. The sex of the newest calf has not yet been determined, as keepers and vets have not been able to get a close enough look at the animal.

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Zoos Work with Primary Children’s Hospital & Ronald McDonald House

San Diego Zoo, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House CharitiesThis month, a unique collaboration designed to entertain and educate patients and their families about wildlife was announced through a partnership between the San Diego Zoo, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Primary Children’s Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area. Funded through a generous gift by businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, Primary Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, the Utah’s Hogle Zoo and San Diego Zoo Global announced the arrival of San Diego Zoo Kids in Salt Lake City.

San Diego Zoo Kids is a television broadcast channel that features programming about unique and endangered animal species. It is now available on TV monitors in every patient room at Primary Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area.

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