Santa Barbara Zoo Reopens with a Bundle o’ Babies

A trio of wee otters and one of the rare giant anteater twins are now on view following the Thomas Fire closure.

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Say hello to the three Asian small clawed otters that are now romping daily. Described as "rowdy" by the zoo, the 11-week-old bumpkins are dipping into the water for their very first swims.
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Say hello to the three Asian small clawed otters that are now romping daily. Described as "rowdy" by the zoo, the 11-week-old pumpkins are dipping into the water for their very first swims. Say awwww.
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There's no place comfier than mom's back, if you're a young giant anteater. The 4-week-old was born to Anara on Nov. 21, and "now has access to her outdoor area," where visitors may see the female pup, yup, snuggled on mom's back.
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Meet Adia, a 3-year-old Masai giraffe. She was born at the Cleveland Zoo, but just journeyed to Santa Barbara Zoo to take part in the Cooperative Breeding Program. As for the hundreds of other residents of the animal park? "With a few exceptions, all the animals are back on view at the Zoo..." following the evacuation order lift, says a statement. The air quality is described as "good," too, and "(t)he animals appear to be happy to be back outdoors, and the staff certainly is," says Rich Block, CEO of the zoo. Want to help the zoo out beyond a visit? There's an Emergency Fund, which you can donate to online via the Santa Barbara Zoo web site.
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