Zoo Babies at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Have you seen our latest arrivals at the Zoo? Over the last few months we've welcomed Khari a giraffe calf, Maui the sea lion pup and a zebra foal called Azizi. We hope you'll be able to visit them soon! Follow #ZSLZooBabies to see more from our latest arrivals across both of our Zoos. 

Adorable Maui the sea lion pup at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Maui, our sea lion pup 

Maui is the latest edition to our sea lion family! He was born on 12 June 2019 to mum Lara and dad Dominic and is Lara's second pup after she gave birth to Hanno last year. Hanno is very interested in his little brother! He definitely thinks he's a new play mate and we're sure he's looking forward to when the pup gets a bit bigger is swimming more so he can play with him. 

Lara’s a perfect mum and she is very relaxed! She'll go off into the pool for a swim, but will always give Maui a call or quickly pop up check on him and go back into the water. 

Named after an island in Hawaii, Maui has been busy exploring and already loves to swim. When he gets too tired he sits and holds onto Lara’s back and she will swim around the pool!

Azizi a zebra foal at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Zebra foal, Azizi 

Our female foal, Azizi, was born to mum Henna and dad Abeba on 8 June 2019. They have had a foal together before – Bibi – who is currently in the herd.

Henna is a protective mum and doesn't let her wander off more than 15m before rounding her up. The herd have met her and have had some interaction but Henna doesn’t fully let them get too close for long at present.

Azizi is doing really well and can be seen suckling several times during the day. When she's not sleeping, she'll have some crazy moments when she runs around quite a lot to stretch her legs.

Khari the giraffe calf at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Khari, our six-foot bundle of joy 

Giraffe calf Khari was born on Friday 26 April to first-time mum Luna and dad Bashu. His birth was definitely a family affair; Dad Bashu was rubbing Luna’s neck encouragingly during her four-hour labour, while grandmother Ijuma helped to clean the youngster after the birth - and they’ve all since continued to be very involved in Khari’s care.

The name Khari means 'King-like' in Swahili, because of his regal-looking ossicones - the tiny crown-like horns on a giraffe’s head.

Khari is a very confident calf and is very inquisitive about his surroundings. Look out for him exploring the paddock in the sunshine with the rest of the herd this summer. 

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