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Visit These New Zoo Animals in NYC

Head to the zoo and visit some of the cutest animals meeting New Yorkers for the first time this year:

The smallest penguins in the world


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

Twenty four tiny blue penguins, born in Australia, made their debut at the Bronx Zoo in May. These penguins are the smallest of the 18 species of penguins, growing only about 13 inches tall and weighing 2 to 3 pounds. They are the first little penguins to be on exhibit at the Bronx Zoo. 

These fluffy red pandas at the Prospect Park Zoo


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

Smile for the family portrait! The two fluffy-tailed red panda cubs (on both ends) were born this summer at the Prospect Park Zoo. They are a subspecies from the eastern portion of the Himalayas, different from their pals at the Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo who are from the west side. As babies, their tails are short. By adulthood, around 18 monhths, their coat will become reddish and coarser, and their tails bushier, ringed, and much longer.  

This panda lamb at the Staten Island Zoo


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Meet Earl, one of three "panda lambs" born in April to dad Alex. Earl and his sisters Midnight and Madison were all born at the Staten Island Zoo.

A cute pudu at the Queens Zoo


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

This southern pudu fawn was born in May. Pudu fawns are the smallest species of deer in the world! Pudu are generally shy, run in zig-zag patterns, and bark when they sense danger.

The baby gorillas at the Bronx Zoo


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

It’s all fun and games during playtime at the Congo Gorilla Forest where two baby gorillas joined another pair of infant gorillas earlier this year. The forest is now home to 19 gorillas, the largest group of gorillas in North America.

Three little pigs at the Prospect Park Zoo


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

These tiny Juliana pigs made their debut this summer at the zoo’s first-ever pig exhibit! Juliana pigs are the smallest breed of miniature pigs. See them in the zoo’s barn area.

Central Park’s king penguin chick


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

Although this penguin hatched at the Central Park Zoo last August, it didn’t make its debut to the public until this year. Born with brown feathers, it isn’t until the penguin reaches about 8 to 10 months that its feathers start to molt and become replaced by the black, white, and yellow adult plumage.

A mini Zebu calf at Prospect Park Zoo


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

This cute baby Zebu was born in July and lives in the zoo’s barn area with other domestic animals. The zebu is one of the oldest breeds of cattle and is believed to have originated in southern India about 6,000 years ago.

Queens Zoo's baby elk


Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/courtesy of the WCS

The zoo welcomed a baby Roosevelt elk this June. Roosevelt elks are the largest of all elk subspecies and one of the largest North American mammals. At birth, these elks weigh about 25 pounds; as adults, the bulls weight up to 1,100 pounds and females weight up to 700 pounds.

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