From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“The Great Ape House is open, but Batang and Redd still choose to spend the majority of their time resting behind-the-scenes. We were lucky to catch this glimpse of them yesterday! To help Batang transition back into her normal routine, keepers have scattered some of Batang’s favorite foods around the public exhibit for enrichment, as well as piles of hay and fleece blankets for nesting materials. Today, she built a nest close to the door of Bonnie and Kyle’s enclosure, and the two took turns looking at Redd!”

via the Smithsonian National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

For the first time in 25 years, primate staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the birth of a male Bornean orangutan. He was born at 8:52 p.m. Sept. 12. Both 19 years old, female Batang and male Kyle bred in January following a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan (SSP). Primate staff have confirmed the newborn is a male. Animal care staff have observed Batang nursing the infant who has been clinging closely to his mother, and they are cautiously optimistic that the newborn will thrive. The Great Ape House will remain closed to provide Batang a quiet space to bond with her infant.”

Photo via Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Ed. Note: Porcupette is my new favorite word.

From the National Zoo:

“The Small Mammal House welcomed a prehensile-tailed porcupette yesterday afternoon! The baby appears to be doing well and is nursing. The porcupette will stay on exhibit with parents Bess and Clark for several months. We don’t know yet if our porcupette is a male or female.”

orangutan baby
via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“For the first time in 25 years, we’re making room for an endangered Bornean orangutan baby! The 19-year-old parents to be, female Batang and male Kyle, bred in January. Batang is not due until mid-September, but keepers are already acclimating Batang to the experiences of motherhood and training her to care for an infant.

We announced Batang’s pregnancy through a Facebook Live broadcast of her ultrasound.”

sea lion
Photo: Jacqueline Conrad, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“For the first time in 32 years, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail team celebrated the arrival of a sea lion pup, born June 26 to 11-year-old mother Calli. Keepers watched the birth in an off-exhibit area and continue to closely monitor the pup, which appears to be nursing, moving and vocalizing well. Animal care staff are allowing Calli and pup time to bond, so it may be some time before keepers can determine the pup’s sex. This pup is the second for Calli and the first for 8-year-old father, Jetty. (more…)