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Zoo Atlanta eastern bongo is pregnant

Zoo Atlanta eastern bongo is pregnant

ATLANTA -- Matilda, a 5-year-old eastern bongo at Zoo Atlanta, is pregnant with her third calf.

The pregnancy was confirmed by zoo veterinary officials, who believe Matilda will give birth in March or April.

Matilda and 5-year-old male bongo Tambo already have two offspring -- Beauregard, who was born in 2011, and Betty Jean, born in 2012. Both young bongos live at different zoos.

RELATED | Tambo briefly escapes his cage

Zoo Atlanta warthog is pregnant

Zoo Atlanta warthog is pregnant

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta is looking forward to welcoming more babies this spring.

The zoo announced Friday that Shirley, a 7-year-old warthog, is expecting her fifth litter of piglets.

PHOTOS | Awww! Adorable Zoo Atlanta babies

A veterinary team confirmed Shirley's pregnancy during an ultrasound this month. The zoo believes she will give birth between late February and April.

"Shirley is an experienced mother, and (7-year-old male warthog) Vern has proven to be an interested and attentive father, despite the fact that wild male warthogs have no involvement in the rearing of their offspring," Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines said in a statement.

Warthogs typically produce three to five piglets per litter, according to the zoo.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Eastern bongo escapes cage at Zoo Atlanta

Eastern bongo escapes cage at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Tambo, an eastern bongo at Zoo Atlanta, somehow managed to leave his habitat Wednesday afternoon.

Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines said Tambo was not out of his habitat for long before a veterinary team found him. The eastern bongo was not aggressive or distressed during the incident.

A veterinarian was able to safely tranquilize Tambo and return him to his exhibit.

Hines said all zoo guests were escorted to buildings as a safety measure. The zoo was briefly closed Wednesday afternoon.

Zoo Atlanta officials are now investigating to determine how Tambo left his habitat.

Eastern bongos are a critically endangered antelope species native to eastern Africa.

Giant pandas to leave Zoo Atlanta for China

Giant pandas to leave Zoo Atlanta for China

ATLANTA -- Two of Zoo Atlanta's most popular residents are about to begin a new adventure.

Giant pandas Xi Lan and Po will leave Atlanta on Nov. 24 and move to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.

PHOTOS | Po the giant panda's first year
RELATED | Zoo's twin panda cubs named Mei Lun and Mei Huan
ZOO CAMS | Panda Cam | Sloth Cam

Zoo Atlanta names rhino calf

Zoo Atlanta names rhino calf

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta has named its baby eastern black rhinoceros Jabari.

The zoo announced Thursday that longtime Zoo Atlanta supporters Cecelia and David Ratcliffe and their children chose the name. Jabari means "fearless" in Swahili.

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"We're proud to announce such a fitting name for such a special piece of Zoo Atlanta history," zoo president and CEO Raymond B. King said in a statement.

Jabari was born Aug. 17 and is the first rhinoceros ever born at Zoo Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta launches Sloth Cam

Zoo Atlanta launches Sloth Cam

ATLANTA -- The Panda Cam is one of Zoo Atlanta's most popular features, but it's about to get competition from some of the zoo's slowest residents.

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PHOTOS | Cute baby animals at Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta's 24-hour Sloth Cam launched Tuesday morning. According to the zoo, it allows visitors "to peek inside the life of slo-mo star Cocoa the Hoffman's two-toed sloth and his lady friends, Bonnie and Okra, as they work out the daily details of life through Animal Planet L!VE's newest 24/7 cam."

Check out the Sloth Cam