The Louisville Zoo has more than 1,500 animals in its collection representing 297 different species. We often have new animals that come to our Zoo from other locations as well as new babies born to our existing animals. Here are some interesting facts about some of the newest members to our beloved animal ambassadors.
(August 28, 2014)
The Louisville Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male pygmy hippo born in the early hours of the morning on August 28, 2014. The baby hippo was born to Hope and Maji, the Zooís adult hippo pair. As of September 8, 2014, the baby weighed 16 lbs. Both mom and baby are doing well. The hippo birth was planned and is a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). Breeding plans work to improve the genetic diversity of managed animal populations.
Click here for information on our naming contest.
New Gorilla Group
A new gorilla group will temporarily be joining the rotation in Gorilla Forest soon. We will be caring for a male silverback and two female gorillas from the Bronx Zoo until mid-March when they move to their new zoo home.
Click here to meet them.
Meet Barry ó the first meerkat born at the Zoo since 1999. Barry was born to meerkat Penny on February 15 and joins the other five meerkats in their exhibit adjacent to the African Outpost. All of our meerkats are named after characters in the hit CBS television show The Big Bang Theory! (Photo courtesy of Beth Bohannon Baker)
Be sure to stop by the Stellerís Sea-eagle aviary at Glacier Run to see two beautiful red-breasted geese. One female and one male have joined the magpie, the mandarin ducks and the two Stellerís Sea-eagles to round out the species in this spectacular aviary. These beautiful geese are distinguished by the red on their chests. The aviary is open daily and is located between the Papa Johnís Splash Park and the town at Glacier Run.
Snowy Owl Exhibit
The much-anticipated snowy owl exhibit is now open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The owls are continuing to acclimate to their new home. Acclimation began in mid-March with introduction of the birds to one another. We have two beautiful snowy owls, one female and one male.
The owls were introduced to their new exhibit space, and by early May, keepers began opening the exhibit doors slightly for about an hour a day to allow the birds to hear and see Zoo visitors. According to Gary Michael, Curator of Birds, the owls let us know each step of the way when they were ready to comfortably increase their exposure to the public. Click here to see all of our Glacier Run inhabitants.