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Lemurs love relaxing while soaking up the sunshine! ☀️ 

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Exciting news! 💗 Our first-ever sea lion pup was born on June 6. Mom, Eloise, and the young pup are doing well. She has been nursing, growing, moving, vocalizing, and getting accustomed to her care team behind the scenes. The 17-pound pup will remain behind the scenes as she continues to bond with her mom before joining the other sea lions and harbor seals in the public viewing habitat later this summer. Keepers will develop prospective names for the pup, and guests can vote for their favorite later this month. Sound on for adorable pup noises!
Baby Bean is taking it easy! 😎 

Baby Bean is our 22-year-old lowland anoa. She’s lived at our Asian Forest Sanctuary since it opened in 2004, roating with the other animals around the habitats. Like all anoas, Baby Bean is a good swimmer, and likes wallowing in mud or shallow pools. Anoas are the tiniest species of buffalo- she’s just 30 inches tall! 🥰

📹: Keeper Katie
Meet Apollo, our 10-year-old barn owl! 🦉Barn owls are around the size of a small cat but only weigh about one pound. Barn owls are silent when flying because their feathers have soft edges that don't make noise as they move.
Happy Father’s Day to the penguin papas, Red, Purple, and Orange! 🐧 All six penguin parents are doing an incredible job protecting their newly hatched chicks and keeping the tiny, fluffy chicks nice and warm. Before hatching, the attentive parents took turns incubating the eggs to keep them nice and warm. Each penguin parent has a bare patch on their lower abdomen called a brood patch that allows their body heat to help keep their eggs warm. It takes around 38-42 days for the eggs to hatch.

Guests will most likely not be able to see the chicks as the protective parents do a wonderful job keeping them warm and safe in their burrows. Two of the six chicks remain at our animal hospital. We will continue to provide chick updates! 🐧

📹: Curator Jen