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Photo Gallery | 259 newborns in 365 days at Atlanta Zoo

 

ATLANTA - 2011 was the year of the Rabbit according to the Chinese calendar, but at the Atlanta Zoo, 2011 was the year of the giraffe, gorilla, kangaroo, duck, tiger and the boa.

According to the Zoo, during 2011, they "welcomed more than 259 babies, 56 were mammals, 121 were reptiles, 81 were birds and one was an amphibian."

The tiger clubs, the gorilla and the giraffe were all very popular births at the zoo; however, they only account for a small percentage of the actual births that happened at the zoo, this year.

"Every birth at the Zoo is important. Guests are very drawn to babies, and we have a chance to educate our visitors, particularly when it comes to endangered or critically endangered species," said Dwight Lawson, PhD, Deputy Director.

"Births also give guests a golden opportunity to see how various species rear their young, for a better understanding of the strategies and adaptations animals use to succeed in the wild."