We recently welcomed takin Summer’s most recent baby at the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Trek (see post post, Baby Takin. Guests were in awe at the beautiful little female she gave birth to. The little one has been doing well and is getting bigger every day and more energetic. Shortly after, our other female takin, Eve, gave birth to a little male. We are thrilled, to say the least, about our luck with all of our babies so far this year! Eve is doing well, and she and her baby will be on exhibit with the rest of the herd.
As a panda narrator, I get to talk to our guests about conservation, but I can’t tell you how much fun it has been to direct people over to see our baby takins. As takins are social animals, these babies are half siblings, sharing the same father, and will grow up playing together and will be wonderful fun for our guests to watch. The father of these two babies is no longer with the herd, as he is well represented, but the male that we have with the herd right now is a very nice looking and well-behaved animal. He has been very accepting of the babies, and when these females are viable again, will be able to breed them as well.
So right now at Panda Trek we have Leon, Kai (a new female who is about 2 to 3 years old), Blondie and her youngster, Duli, Summer and her new female baby, and Eve with her new male baby. We encourage you to come visit the pandas and check out their next-door neighbors, the takins! We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a safe Presidents’ Day weekend.
Listen to Leon’s low rumble and snort![audio:http://blogs.sandiegozoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/takin_vocal1.mp3|titles=takin_vocal]
Anastasia Horning is a panda narrator at the San Diego Zoo.