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L.A. Zoo welcomes new baby animals

September 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens has announced the births of a Masai giraffe, a Calamian deer and two Chacoan peccaries.Two Chacoan peccaries, a species similar to pigs, were born Aug. 23.

Chacoan peccaries are native to Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay. They were thought to be extinct until 1972 when biologists found the species still existed in Paraguay.

A female Masai giraffe was born at the zoo Aug. 30. Zoo officials say the youngster was able to stand shortly after birth. The baby giraffe is expected to grow quickly. Experts say calves can grow four feet during the first year and typically reach an adult height of 18 feet.

Sept. 1 brought the birth of a male Calamian deer that is native to the Philippines' Calamian Islands. Zoo officials say the deer prefer to live in swampy areas close to rivers, marshes with tall grass, open forests, clear-cut areas or second-growth scrub.

All the babies are now on exhibit with their parents.

The zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for children ages 2 to 12.

The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo website at www.lazoo.org.

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