A male giraffe calf was born in Basel Zoo on 29 July, entering the world at 9:50 a.m. in the antelope house. Soon after it was born it attempted to stand on its unsteady legs to suckle on its mother’s teats. Mother Kianga (6) and her calf are doing well. Father Xamburu (6) also lives in Basel Zoo.
Thursday 16 July saw a gorilla born at Basel Zoo at midday. This is the third child for mother Faddama (32). It will take a few days to establish whether the new arrival is a boy or a girl, and then it will be given a name. The baby gorilla is the second child for father M’Tongé, who came to Basel Zoo at the end of the summer in 2014. Joas (26) gave birth to a little boy on 19 May of this year. Before this, Basel Zoo had not seen any gorilla births for ten years.
Baby lions have been born at Basel Zoo: these three (still nameless) little ones came into the world behind the scenes on 28 May and 15 June. Okoa (13) was the first mother to bear two cubs, followed two weeks later by a baby for Uma (13). Both mothers gave birth to their young in the same whelping box and are also taking care of them together. The lion population in the wild has declined significantly in recent years, and so a breeding programme has been established by European zoos with Basel Zoo as a participant. Basel Zoo also supports a project to protect lions in Kenya.