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Feb 05, 2014

Special Deliveries: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Welcomes First Offspring of The New Year

The first offspring of 2014 have made an appearance at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

“First” Fawn and Two Precious Primates Arrive

TAMPA, Fla. (February 5, 2014) – The first offspring of 2014 have made an appearance at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Tufted Deer

The first baby of the New Year is also a first for the Zoo. A male tufted deer fawn was born to first-time mother “Dorothy” on January 2, the first of its species born at the Zoo. Until now, mother kept the fawn safely tucked away in the barn, a common behavior providing protection from predators. With the warmer temperatures, mother and son have begun to venture into the exhibit. The species is secretive and most active at twilight (dawn and dusk).

Angolan Colobus Monkey

For the first time in five years, the Zoo welcomed two baby colobus monkeys, born January 22 and February 4. The oldest offspring was born to first-time mother “Whittney” and the youngest to her sister, first-time mother “August.” Both infants were sired by adult male “Grimaldi.” Colobus monkeys share the responsibility of caring for the young with other females in the group. This benefits the mother, as well as the other females who gain maternal experience. Colobus are easily identified by their glossy black fur, accented by bright white cheeks, throat, shoulders, tail and sometimes chest. When infants are born, they are completely white in color. Within a few months, their coats turn grey and black, then to the adult coloration.

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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