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It’s been a typically untypical year for the Oakland Zoo. Accustomed to acquiring new animals, the zoo found it welcoming some creatures under unusual circumstances.
Here’s an update on the news-making creatures now living at the zoo.
- In March, tragedy struck at the zoo when a female wallaroo died, leaving her 5-month-old joey an orphan. Officials stepped in, providing round-the-clock care and hand-feeding the baby until he was old enough to be on his own. The joey, now named Mandu, has adjusted well, joining the exhibit and forming bonds with the other wallaroos, including his grandmother, Raya.
- In June, a mother black bear and her three cubs were headed for a very unhappy ending, when Oakland Zoo and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife launched a plan to save them and give them a home at the zoo’s 56-acre California Trail expansion. It was the first time bears that were causing concern among residents were afforded a second chance at a zoo, and it appears to be working. The foursome remain in the zoo’s vet hospital, but they will be making their debut in the exhibit early next year.
- It was a short stay, but an important one for five young raccoons whose life started out a bit shaky. The raccoons were born inside a packed, vandalized moving truck in Florida, and one morning while mom was off foraging for food, the truck headed toward the Bay Area with the babies inside. One of them died, and the other five were discovered severely dehydrated. The Oakland Zoo took them temporarily, nursing them back to health until permanent homes could be found.
- More recently, the zoo has welcomed two crowned lemurs and two orphaned mountain lion cubs.
- In other zoo news, zookeepers welcomed three new macaws, two curassow and three agouti to its new mixed species Rainforest Aviary this year. The state-of-the-art exhibit has space enough for the agouti, which are rodents, and gives the highly intelligent birds more control and choice in their environment. Three new baby otters were born at the zoo, along with a baby baboon, and two zebras from Wine Country fire-threatened Safari West are now living at the zoo.
From an orphaned wallaroo to a quartet of bears, Oakland Zoo welcomes them all