Zoo welcomes new baby animals

Baby marmosets, seal, prairie dogs all come to facility
Zoo welcomes new baby animals

The Henry Vilas Zoo is welcoming a bunch of new babies to its animal family.

The zoo announced that the facility has welcomed a baby seal, a pair of prairie dog pups and baby marmosets to the zoo in recent weeks.

“We are thrilled to be able to share our exciting new additions with guests at Henry Vilas Zoo,” said Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz. “We work closely with other zoos on Species Survival Plans (SSP) to make sure our animal births ensure future generations for each species. In general, our staff’s expertise in ensuring a successful outcome for all of our infants is something that we are immensely proud of.”

The zoo has another set of baby Geoffroy’s marmosets, which are found in the forests of Brazil in South America. The animals live in family groups that help the mother raise her babies. The new babies can often be seen riding on the backs of their dad and older brothers or sisters. This helps the older siblings learn how to raise their own babies.

In addition to the marmosets, the zoo has a new baby seal named Lucille, along with some prairie dog pups born early this summer. Prairie dogs are very social rodents famous for living in large groups and creating extensive burrows, or “towns.”

Right now, visitors can see the new prairie dog pups practicing their “alarm calls.” When they spot danger, prairie dogs will chirp a warning to the group so that they can flee to safety in their burrows.

“The fact that our world-class zoo continues to grow is a testament to the excellent care our new zoo babies’ parents are given,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “Every new animal is an opportunity to come back to the zoo and learn something different and exciting about the world we live in.”