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ZOO MIAMI MOURNS DEATH OF ORANGUTAN

It is with profound sadness that Zoo Miami announces that “Kumang,” a 44 year-old Bornean Orangutan, died yesterday during recovery from anesthesia following a dental procedure.  The 140 lb. great ape was anesthetized yesterday morning to have two teeth extracted which were damaged and causing an infection in her gums.  The anesthesia, examination, and dental care went as planned and was uneventful.  During the entire time she was under anesthesia, Kumang was closely... Read More
at Friday, September 24, 2021

DENTAL WEEK AT ZOO MIAMI

Dental health is a key component of the Animal Health Department’s preventative medicine program at Zoo Miami.  A variety of issues ranging from gum disease to fractured and broken teeth can lead to critical care issues that may result in serious infection and even death without treatment. Because animals generally do not complain about dental pain, dental disease is often referred to as “silent suffering” in the animal health field.  By the time serious signs... Read More
at Wednesday, September 22, 2021

BABY GIBBON MAKES PUBLIC DEBUT!

On Saturday, September 4th, a critically endangered white-cheeked gibbon was born at Zoo Miami!  It is only the second white-cheeked gibbon born in the zoo’s history.  The 18 year old mother’s name is “Millie” who also is the mother of the first baby that was born in August of 2013.  This is the first offspring for the 9 year old father named, “Cuong.”  Though there has been no confirmation as to the sex of the baby, early observations... Read More
at Thursday, September 9, 2021

SHOCKING PROCEDURE DONE AT ZOO MIAMI!

Today, “Tesla,” a 17-year-old electric eel from Peru, was immobilized so that the Animal Health team could surgically remove several growths that had developed over the past several weeks.  Because an electric eel can generate up to 800 volts of electricity, this patient had to be very carefully handled! After using specific drugs that were diluted in water within a transport container, zoo staff, using special rubber insulated gloves and nets, transferred the eel into the... Read More
at Tuesday, September 7, 2021

ENDANGERED GAZELLE MAKES EXHIBIT DEBUT!

Today, Zoo Miami’s newest baby Slender-Horned Gazelle was introduced to the exhibit with its parents. The calf was born on August 21st but has been in seclusion with its parents to give it time to properly bond and ensure that it has a good healthy start to life. Mom’s name is “Gladys” and dad’s name is “Pip,” in honor of legendary performers, Gladys Knight and the Pips! In keeping with the theme, the baby, a male, has been named, “Bubba,”... Read More
at Friday, September 3, 2021

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