Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes two baby animals as 2020 kicks off

Happy New Year to us!

If you needed something to brighten your day, how about some newborn baby animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?


We figured you would like that idea.


On Jan. 21, a Hartmann’s zebra foal was born to mom Prima under the care of Disney’s West Savanna team.


“This moment marks a milestone for the park as it is the first time this vulnerable zebra species has been born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” Scott Terrell, Director of Animal & Science Operations said.


The new foal weighed in at about 65 pounds and was standing and walking within 30 minutes of being introduced to the world.


While we know most of you would love to catch a glimpse of the adorable baby, this little one is bonding backstage with his mom.


Being a baby animal at Animal Kingdom can be a busy job. The baby is spending much of his time nursing, napping and of course playing and exploring in his mom’s hay.


“When he’s ready, he will be introduced in stages to the other zebras and then join the herd as they go out onto the savanna,” Terrell said.


Do you know what that means? Families should be on the lookout for the baby zebra the next time they climb aboard a truck on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Photo: Disney

In other baby news, a male Angolan black-and-white colobus monkey was born on Jan. 15 to mom Zahra.


The monkey named Douglas can be seen at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. If you look up high, the small white furball can be seen snuggling close to his mom.


“As he grows up, his color will change to black with white around his face, and on his tail, like the others in his troop, Terrell said.


Little Douglas is the second of his family to be born at Animal Kingdom. Before him, his sister Alika was born in 2018.

© 2020 by Thomas Metevia.