The Louisville Zoo has more than 1,500 animals in its collection representing 297 different species. We often have new animals that come to our Zoo from other locations as well as new babies born to our existing animals. Here are some interesting facts about some of the newest members to our beloved animal ambassadors.
Birthdate: March 3, 2009
Meet our new Jaguar, LeBron. The four year old jaguar comes to Louisville from the Brevard Zoo in Florida as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' national breeding program. LeBron was born at the Akron Zoo in Ohio and is named after NBA star LeBron James who also hails from Akron. Listed as near threatened, the population of Jaguars continues to decline due to habitat destruction and poaching.
Birthdates: Kay (August 10, 2013),
Nicholas (September 3, 2013)
Two addax calves are running around the Addax yard these days. Born late summer, these two have grown quite a bit as you can see from their photo. Their keepers have named them "Kay" and "Nicholas." They are listed as critically endangered which puts them at a high risk of extinction due to threats of hunting and loss of habitat.
Red Crowned Crane
Birthdate: June 15, 2013
Now an inch or so taller than his father, the red-crowned craine male hatchling is still closely tended by the parents. Although he's larger now, he is still distinguishable by his white and chick tan plumage. During the day, the chic is closely tendered by the parents and they move as a loose group by day and roost in a close group at night.
Wallaroo Joey "Merle"
The male wallaroo, Joey Merle, is out of the his mother's pouch now and hopping around the Wallaroo Walkabout yard and doing well these days. Stop in and see him and walk amongst all the wallaroos at the Walkabout.