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.
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 for 10 months before they move to their new zoo home.
Click here to meet them.
Meet Barry — 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 Steller’s 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 Steller’s 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 John’s Splash Park and the town at Glacier Run.
Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Petting Zoo fans may have noticed a sweet new face in the exhibit: a male Nigerian Dwarf goat named “Titan” was born here at the Zoo on March 2 to goat Mabel. Apparently, Titan hangs out a lot on the stumps at the Boma African Petting Zoo—an ideal height for our young visitors to meet and greet him, and pet him, of course.
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.