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Zoo Atlanta is hot spot for animal babies

ATLANTA -- A large number of new baby arrivals have shown up at Zoo Atlanta since the beginning of the year -- not just the twin giant pandas that arrived this summer.

In addition to the pandas, Pongo the Sumatran orangutan was born in January to first-time mother Blaze. Pongo is now on exhibit at the zoo with Blaze and his father Benny.

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Miri, the Borenean orangutan gave birth to her third infant last Saturday, marking the sixth orangutan born in North America under the Orangutan Species Survival Plan. Miri and her as yet unnamed newborn are on exhibit in the Asian Forest pavilion with Miri's 9-year-old son, Satu.

Two more infant great apes were born in the Ford African Rain Forest exhibit, home of North America's largest collection of gorillas. Lulu, the western lowland gorilla gave birth to a female, Andi in March, while Lulu's half-sister Sukari gave birth to another female in August.

Both infant gorillas are the grandchildren of Atlanta's legendary gorilla the late Willie B., and along with the rest of their family group are on exhibit daily.

In addition, Andazi, the eastern black rhinoceros gave birth to the first ever rhino calf born at Zoo Atlanta in August. A total of five Guatemalan beaded lizards have hatched at Zoo Atlanta, adding to the only zoological collection of the species outside of Guatemala. It is believed only 200 individuals presently survive in the wild.

And of course, the zoo's most famous pair of infants arrived July 15, when giant panda Lun Lun gave birth to the only surviving set of giant panda twins ever born in the United States. The cubs will go in exhibit at Zoo Atlanta in the late fall.