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Newborn Masai Giraffe


The Ellen Trout Zoo was proud of the birth of a six foot tall newborn Masai Giraffe. on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm.

Signs of early labor were observed in the morning and full labor began mid-afternoon. The birth process went smoothly for veteran mother Emi Lane. Zoo staff members were present for the birth and to observe the calf to be sure that all was well as the calf stood and then nursed for the first time. In this first day, the calf and mother will be monitored and given time to bond with each other. The sex of the calf will be confirmed soon when the staff veterinarian does a “well baby” check. The Ellen Trout Zoo has been home to giraffes since 1999 and there have been births by both females.

Due to the cold and inclement weather, the calf will not be on public display. Knowing that Zoo visitors will want to see the calf, the Zoo will post photographs on the official Facebook page and will announce its public debut when the weather is warm enough.

Chilean Flamingos


The Ellen Trout Zoo is proud to announce the hatching of two Chilean Flamingos which many Zoo visitors are already enjoying seeing. Several other pairs of flamingos are still incubating their eggs. Flamingo chicks are covered in a thick white down. They have bright pink beaks and legs when born which gradually turn to a dark grey to black in color.

In the wild, Chilean Flamingos live in large flocks and have developed a social structure in which large numbers of flamingos are needed to stimulate breeding. In 2007, the flock of Chilean Flamingos at the Ellen Trout Zoo doubled in size when we merged our existing flock with one from another zoo. This sudden increase in size stimulated the flock and our breeding attempts with this species became much more fruitful.

Zoo visitors have noticed the mounds of mud in the enclosure with birds sitting on them. Both the male and female will build a nest mound from the surrounding mud. The nests may vary from a few inches to over a foot in height. Each nesting female will lay a single egg that is incubated by both parents.

Over the last several weeks, lucky visitors have had glimpses of eggs as birds stood up or the males and females switched off incubation duties. In the last week, two eggs have hatched. Both chicks are being raised by their parents. For the first few days, they remain in the nest and will begin standing and moving around on the top of the nest mound. After five days or so, chicks will begin to leave the nest for short periods. As they grow stronger, they will take longer excursions from the nest with their parents and soon will be eating a little food on their own while still being fed by the parents for many weeks to come.


The Ellen Trout Zoo was pleased to announce the birth of a male African lion born  on 28 July, 2013 . The male cub, Sango,  is the first of his kind to be born at the zoo since the late 1970’s. This birth is the result of a recommended breeding by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums lion Species Survival Plan or SSP. The SSP’s help ensure the sustainability of captive zoo populations of animals while maintaining the desired level of genetic variability within the species. The new, yet to be named, cub is kept in a pet crate and housed in the cat house with his mother and father so they can still interact. However, because there has been some difficulty with nursing the zoo staff has been taking care of feeding him. For the safety of the cub it will be kept in the crate until it has grown enough that it can be housed in its own enclosure.

When Sango was approximately a year old, he was sent to the Denver Zoo where he was pared with another female lion in hopes of that he would become a parent himself.