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Zoo Atlanta orangutan is pregnant

Zoo Atlanta orangutan is pregnant

ATLANTA -- A 16-year-old Sumatran orangutan at Zoo Atlanta is expecting her second child.

Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines said zoo veterinarians expect the orangutan, Blaze, to give birth in January 2013. If the baby lives, it will be the first surviving child for her and 33-year-old Benny; Blaze delivered a stillborn infant in August 2011.

"While all births are significant, a newborn Sumatran orangutan would be a crucial new addition to a critically endangered species," Hines said in a statement.

Zoo Atlanta currently has 13 orangutans -- the nation's largest zoological collection of the animals.

Zoo Atlanta hosts hundreds of sick kids

Zoo Atlanta hosts hundreds of sick kids

ATLANTA -- Zoo Atlanta plans to host an event for more than 200 chronically ill and disabled children and their families.

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The invited guests for the second annual Zoo Atlanta Dreamnight are patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The event is planned for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Dreamnight was started in 1996 at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands. It is now observed in more than 30 countries.

Highlights of Zoo Atlanta's event will include zoo tours, keeper talks and animals feedings, rides and entertainment, and a scavenger hunt.

The private event is sponsored by Josh Powell and 21 Reasons to Give Foundation.

Atlanta zoo tiger heads for Washington

Atlanta zoo tiger heads for Washington

ATLANTA -- Kavi, a Sumatran tiger at Atlanta's zoo, is making a new home in Washington.

The 11-year-old male left Zoo Atlanta Wednesday for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.

Kavi's move was encouraged by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Tiger Species Survival Plan, which has recommended that he pair with a female at the National Zoo. The Atlanta zoo says his transfer is important for the continued success of the captive population of his critically endangered species. There are believed to be fewer than 300 of them in the wild.

Zoo Atlanta is a breeding institution for Sumatran tigers. Kavi fathered two cubs last summer with Chelsea, his 8-year-old mate in Atlanta.

Rare tortoises arrive at Zoo Atlanta

Rare tortoises arrive at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Zoos in Atlanta and Knoxville are taking in some endangered tortoises in hopes of helping preserve the rare species.

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A group of eight ploughshare tortoises recently arrived with four each going to Zoo Atlanta and Knoxville Zoo. They will be on public view later this spring in Knoxville.

Rare lizard hatches at Zoo Atlanta

Rare lizard hatches at Zoo Atlanta

ATLANTA -- An extremely rare lizard has hatched at Zoo Atlanta.

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The Guatemalan bearded lizard began hatching last Monday. The hatchling is one of only seven known to have been born in captivity worldwide.

Zoo Atlanta currently has the country's only zoological collection of Guatemalan bearded lizards. It's only the second institution to successfully reproduce the species. Six others were hatched at the San Diego Zoo in 2004 and 2006.

These lizards are found only in the Motagua Valley in Guatemala and may number fewer than 200 in the wild.

Zoo Atlanta Adding Giraffe Feeding Experience

Zoo Atlanta Adding Giraffe Feeding Experience

Zoo Atlanta is adding a new experience that will soon delight visitors.  In a holiday email sent to its members, Zoo Atlanta, announced a new experience being planned for late Spring 2012, which is sure to brighten the days of thousands of zoo visitors in the coming years.  Zoo Atlanta is planning a new deck overlooking the savanna exhibit. This overlook will provide the opportunity to create a special giraffe feeding experience for Zoo visitors, who will be able to purchase lettuce to be fed to the giraffes.  An exhibit  opening date and more details will follow in the coming months.