Dallas Zoo's Spring Babies Debut

The Dallas Zoo introduced its newest additions to the public Tuesday, including new primates, birds and reptiles.

New to Primate lace is a colobus baby boy named Mjanja. The little monkey was born Dec. 13 to LaBounee and Kirby. Colobus monkeys are native to Africa and live in treetops so you might have to look hard to find them in their habitat at the zoo.

Titi monkeys Bolivia and Cory have kept up their pace, for the last six years they've welcomed a new baby, born Feb. 19. The new baby boy can usually be seen riding on Cory's back, since while both parents take care of the young, dads provide a big portion of childcare.

Juliet, a female gerenuk born at the zoo in 2005, welcomed her fifth calf Hannah on Feb. 19. In case you're wondering a gerenuk is a slender-necked, graceful antelope whose name actually comes from the Somali word for "giraffe-necked." Hannah and her mother will be on exhibit later in the spring and you'll probably be able to see the entire family from the Monorail Safari.

There's a baby boom in the addaxes exhibit as three first-time mothers wander around with the first calves born at the Dallas Zoo since 2006. Tonks was born to Lily on Dec. 24, Colin was born to Myrtle on Jan. 9, and Argus was born to Petunia on Jan. 11. The little African antelopes can also be seen from the Monorail Safari.

The Herpetarium nursery at ZooNorth is slithering and hopping with new additions. Five Wetar Island vipers were born at the zoo on Dec. 4 and six shield-tailed agama lizards hatched in October and January.

Several new froglets are on display now that they've hatched, turned into tadpoles and morphed into their terrestrial forms. Four blue dart frogs morphed in December, one bumblebee dart frog morphed in September and several red-eyed tree frogs morphed in February.

The Wilds of Africa is home to two lesser flamingo chicks hatched Dec. 23 and 28 which will be on exhibit later in the spring.

The Dallas Zoo is the current leader in breeding African spoonbills and with three new chicks and two eggs left to hatch that streak is expected to continue thanks to new parents Screech and Sunny, Shemp and Curly, and Cora and Ruffles.

The Dallas Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More: DallasZoo.com

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