You won't want to miss out on saying goodbye to the Toronto Zoo's darling Arctic wolf pups! Born last May to parents Dora and Imiq, the six adorable pups will be making their big move to Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Felicien by the end of next week.
The birth of the litter of Arctic wolf pups at the Toronto Zoo in May of 2018 was the first of its kind in 15 years. The curious creatures - often playing peekaboo with each other while first-time mom, Dora, supervises from afar - can be found at the Zoo's Tundra Trek.
Make sure to come out and say farewell to Claire, Jamie, Murtagh, Dougal, Angus and Rupert! Don't have time to make the trip out to the zoo to bid our furry friends adieu? Not to worry! The Toronto Zoo is home to countless baby animals and their families that'll warm your heart, despite March's frigid temperatures!
Our arctic wolf pups, born in May 2018 to Dora and Imiq, are leaving the Zoo!🐺— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) March 18, 2019
The 6 pups will be moving to Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Felicien within the next week as a family group.
Stop by the Tundra Trek and say farewell to Claire, Jamie, Murtagh, Dougal, Angus and Rupert! pic.twitter.com/Fwgzye7cyg
The Toronto Zoo announced earlier this year that Tisa, an eight-year-old female red river hog, gave birth to a litter of two hoglets. On Sunday, February 17th, at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon, Tisa and Sir Philip Pigglesworth III welcomed their first litter of piglets and the third litter of red river hogs born in the Toronto Zoo's history.
According to the zoo, Tisa has been a fantastic first-time mother and has been incredibly trusting and comfortable with her keepers. The baby hoglets have been developing well, and can't wait to explore their habitat in the African Rainforest Pavilion.
Our #TwoTinyHoglets have met dad, Sir Phillip Pigglesworth III! 🐽— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) March 13, 2019
This is an important milestone as now Tisa, Phillip and the hoglets can increasingly spend more time together. Watch below as they spend some quality time with dad (he has the dark snout 🐽). #YearOfThePig pic.twitter.com/ek8nCLsk8a
If hogs aren't up your alley, pygmy hippos surely will be! Penelope and her mother, Kindia, are happy to meet friendly visitors to the Toronto Zoo at the African Rainforest Pavilion. According to Hollie Ross, wildlife care supervisor, "Penelope might be the cutest baby I have ever had the pleasure of working with."
Ross has commented that she and the other zookeepers are simply "head over heels in love" with the little hippo and her mama. "She is strong, confident and a little cheeky which, in my opinion, makes her even cuter."
Penelope's birth was significant for pygmy hippopotamus conservation efforts, as only 2,000-3,000 pygmy hippos remain in the West African wild, said the zoo. The endangered animal's natural habitats have drastically reduced in size over the last one hundred years, as a result of farming, logging, and human settlement.
Last but certainly not least, Obi, formerly known as "Baby Stripes", is the Toronto Zoo's newest baby zebra. Last month, Tori, an eight-year-old female Grevy's zebra gave birth to her third baby, a male foal. Her first babies, Leia - born in January of 2014 - and Rey - born in July of 2016 - were also sired by Jake, an 11-year-old male zebra.
Obi's name was bestowed upon him as a result of a Facebook promotion called, "Baby Stripes Needs A Name!", in which 7,500 people cast their votes. The name Obi was ultimately selected and maintained consistency with the previous zebra babies names: Luke, Leia, and Rey.
Obi's birth is vital for the conservation of the endangered Grevy's zebra species. Listed as "Endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, the Grevy's zebra population is only 2,800 globally.
The population started declining back in the late 1970s due to over-hunting. Currently, Grevy's zebras primarily live in Kenya and Ethiopia, and over the past three decades, their worldwide population has decreased by a whopping 70%.
Grevy's zebras are currently facing a number of major threats to their safety, including loss of grazing habitat, diminished access to water sources, increased competition for resources, hunting and disease.