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Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo re-opens with adorable new baby animals and this rare species

It’s gonna be wild.

On Saturday, the Prospect Park Zoo reopens after an eight-month closure, and animal lovers will get to see three new baby baboons and a model new species – a pair of South American pudu deer.

“It is a species that many people have never seen before,” Craig Gibbs, the zoo’s animal curator and assistant director, informed The Post.

The southern pudu are the smallest deer on the planet, weighing as much as about 25 kilos, Gibbs mentioned.

Prospect Park Zoo now has an 8-year-old male and a 1-year-old feminine; each have been born on the Queens Zoo. 

Angle view of a pudu deer.
There shall be an 8-year-old male pudu (above) and a 1-year-old feminine; each have been born on the Queens Zoo.  credit score: WCSâs Prospect Park Zoo

There are solely 33 of the animals in North American zoos and parks. Last yr, simply seven fawns have been born in captivity throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums parks, and that was a report season.

Wide-eyed observers can catch the pudu on the Discover Trail on the zoo.

“Baby southern pudu, like other deer, are spotted for camouflage and are the size of a teacup chihuahua,” Gibbs mentioned.

Infant Hamadryas baboon sitting with its mother on a rock in their native environment in northeastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula
The feminine Hamadryas baboons are native to northeastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. WCSâs Prospect Park Zoo

They’re native to the Montane forests of South America and listed as a “near threatened” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  

Zoo company, Gibbs mentioned, will be capable of establish the male as a result of he’s barely bigger and has small antlers, which can develop as tall as 4 inches. The spikes-like appendages shed yearly. 

The different new animals are three baby feminine Hamadryas baboons, all beneath the age of two, and situated within the Animal Lifestyles constructing.

Large grey cabinet in a room showing post-flood upgrades at a zoo.
The zoo needed to shut briefly due flood harm from torrential rains throughout Tropical Storm Ophelia final September. 

The basement-floor electrical methods, boiler room and filtration system flooded throughout storm – with some buildings experiencing as much as 25 toes of water. WCSâs Prospect Park Zoo

Temporary boiler at Prospect Park Zoo post-flood recovery.
Recovery prices have totaled $6.5 million to date to revive electrical energy to the 12-acre zoo, relocating its main electrical room from the basement to the bottom degree. Emergency mills and gas tanks used because the storm have additionally been faraway from public pathways and exhibit buildings have additionally been repaired.  WCSâs Prospect Park Zoo

The giant primates, native to northeastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, have keenly noticed the renovations from their habitats all through the method.

“The young ones have been very interested in the goings on.” Gibbs mentioned. “As we have gone through the restoration, we have had all sorts of construction crews, electricians and painters walking through the buildings.“

The zoo had to close temporarily due to flood damage from torrential rains during Tropical Storm Ophelia last September. 

The basement-floor electrical systems, boiler room and filtration system flooded during storm – with some buildings experiencing as much as 25 feet of water. 

Sea lions resting in their pool at the recently reopened Prospect Park Zoo
Guests can expect to see – and hear – some of the most popular veteran residents, including the sea lions, in their pool at Sea Lion Court. credit: WCSâs Prospect Park Zoo

Luckily, none of the zoo’s 400 animals were impacted, and they all got to remain on-site in their habitats following the flood and during repairs.

Guests can expect to see – and hear – some of the most popular veteran residents, including the sea lions, in their pool at Sea Lion Court. The playful marine mammals use a “breath exchange” bringing their snouts shut collectively — a bonding act that appears like a kis s— to get to know their neighbors. 

Another fan favourite is the endangered Red Panda. The acrobatic creatures primarily hand around in bushes and are native to the Eastern Himalayas.

A red panda climbing a tree.
Another fan favourite on the beloved Prospect Park Zoo is the endangered Red Panda. WCSâs Prospect Park Zoo

Recovery prices have totaled $6.5 million to date to revive electrical energy to the 12-acre zoo. A main electrical room has been moved from the basement to the bottom degree.

Emergency mills and gas tanks used because the storm have additionally been faraway from public pathways, and exhibit buildings have additionally been repaired. 

But there’s extra work to be executed, full restoration prices are estimated to be greater than $20 million, the zoo mentioned, confirming it should take a number of years for the renovation to be accomplished.

“Our public spaces and exhibits will be fully re-opened even as we continue to repair infrastructure and plan for a full restoration,” Craig Piper, vice chairman and director of metropolis zoos for the Wildlife Conservation Society, mentioned in an announcement. 

Flags on poles in Prospect Park Zoo, undergoing a multi-year renovation project costing over $20 million
Full restoration prices are estimated to be greater than $20 million, the zoo mentioned, confirming it should take a number of years for the renovation to be accomplished. WCSâs Prospect Park Zoo

“While this reopening of Prospect Park Zoo is a major milestone, we have a long way to go before the zoo is fully restored.”

But, a few of the primates at the least are having fun with the method.

Gibbs quipped, “The baboons have kept track of it all.”

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