New at the Zoo

Find out what and who is new at the Louisville Zoo! Get the skinny on new exhibits, new animal ambassadors and where and when you may be able to visit them.
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NEW Animals

Some animals are on rotational exhibit and may be viewable for portions of the day. Animal viewing is subject to change based on the cooperation of the weather and animals.

POLAR BEAR LEE

Lee

  • Male from Columbus Zoo
  • 20 years old
  • Exhibit Viewing: on rotation in Glacier Run

Polar Bears are North America’s iconic species. They are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.  The single biggest conservation issue facing polar bears is the negative effects of climate change. Polar bears are threatened by climate change and the resulting loss of sea ice, which is the hunting ground for their main prey, seals. Hunting seasons are shrinking, which means less food for survival.

Learn more about Lee 

FINSBAY THE GRAY SEAL PUP

Finsbay the Gray Seal Pup

  • Born Dec. 28, 2020
  • Mother Rona and father Boone
  • Exhibit Viewing: Off exhibit to bond

As Rona is a first-time mom, the Zoo wants to ensure she had plenty of time to bond with her new pup Finsbay. Rona and pup will remain off exhibit for several weeks until the pup is weaned and independent. Finsbay is a male!

Finsbay isn’t on exhibit yet, check below or on our social medias for updates on this seal-iously cute baby!

Learn more about the birth.

FOLLOW MIKKI AND FITZ

Meet Fitz the African elephant!

Fitz was born August 2, 2019. 

The elephant herd is on exhibit at varying times while they continue to bond.

Meet Fitz the elephant calf! See the latest info on the elephant herd including a updates, conservation information, frequently asked questions and more.Meet Fitz

 

ADDAX JIRA

Jira

  • Born May 8, 2020
  • Weight: 16 lbs. on May 11.
  • Mother Patella and father Laird.
  • Exhibit Viewing: On exhibit in the Africa Zone

The International Union for Conservation of Nature cites the Saharan addax as critically endangered. In 2016, field researchers estimated that less than 100 individuals remain in the remnant wild.

The addax is found in arid regions of Africa, within isolated pockets of the Sahara Desert. They live in small groups of five to 15 animals that are led by a mature male.

Learn more about this addax

LIONESSES AMALI AND SUNNY

Amali and Sunny

  • 7-year-old females
  • From Milwaukee County Zoo
  • Arrived in January 2020
  • Exhibit Viewing: on rotation in Africa Zone

Amali is slightly larger than Sunny and has a thicker darker tail. Once the two lions get acclimated to their new surroundings, their introduction to male lion Siyanda will begin. As with any new animal, the Zoo staff will observe the lions’ behaviors closely for cues to determine when they are ready for each new step.

Learn more about Amali and Sunny

NEW Exhibits

OPEN NOW!

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NEW Sloth Exhibit 

Linnaeus’s two-toed sloths are here at the Zoo! One-year-old male sloth Sebastian and 1.5-year-old female sloth Sunni are getting acclimated to their new surroundings. They are waiting to meet you in the South America zone near the Chilean flamingos! Hang out with one of the most elusive and fascinating creatures on the planet and hear from the keepers who care for them.

This exhibit is made possible through the Friends of the Louisville Zoo and other generous donors.

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