The birds are singing and “ohs” and “ahs” are starting to be heard throughout the trails of the Minnesota Zoo. That can only mean one thing, spring has sprung and new born babies are afoot.
The most obvious babies at the Zoo this year, of course, are Farm Babies (running now through April)! Who doesn’t love doe-eyed calves, the bleeps of a goat kid, or the tiny chirps of a chick?!
This year the farm welcomed 4 calves (one calf being born with a large audience of lucky Zoo guests), 10 goat kids, and a litter of piglets, with a baby lamb on the way. Want to experience a taste of the farm life, take a moment to feed a goat or stop by one of the daily cow milking demonstrations (11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm). Make sure to take a stroll through the Snow Monkey hallway to get your fix of baby chicks and bunnies.
Behind the scenes, the Minnesota Zoo has welcomed a new Bactrian camel calf on March 18. The female calf weighed 100 pounds and has been named Geriel, which means “shining bright light” in Mongolian. The Bactrian camels, unlike their Arabian relatives, have two humps rather than one, and have a gestation period of 13 months.
You can visit our Bactrian camel flock on the Northern Trail. The Zoo’s population of domesticated Bactrian camels serve as stand-ins for their critically endangered wild cousins. The herd consists of about a dozen camels, several like our newest addition, were born here at the Minnesota Zoo.
Stop by the Zoo to congratulate our new mamas and celebrate the miracle of life with us!