Northern Cat Travels South
Canada lynx Sitka arrived at the Louisville Zoo on April 18
from Erie Zoo. Sitka is 2 years old and was one of three when
he was born. He’s currently on rotation in the Cats of the
America area along with female Canada lynx Matilda. As the
weather turns cooler, you may see the two cats on exhibit
together in hopes that Sitka may eventually sire kittens of his
own, as recommended by the Species Survival Plan.
Have You “Herd” About Our New Zebra?
The Louisville Zoo welcomed a new one-year-old female Hartmann’s
mountain zebra to the herd on May 12. Azizi comes from Virginia
Zoological Park where she was born. The young zebra just celebrated her
first birthday on June 2, 2017. Azizi joins two female zebras Enid and
Morena and male zebra Gibbs in regular rotation
in the Zebra Exhibit near the African Outpost.
Along with our other
male addax Laird arrived
at the Zoo on July 6 from
the Brookfield Zoo in
Chicago. You’ll notice
Laird as he’s much bigger
than our other addax —
the biggest the Louisville
Zoo has had in some time! Come see our big boy in the
Africa zone across from the Butterflies n’ Blooms exhibit.
Our population of bongos
increased this spring.
Sungura (meaning "hare" in
Swahili) was born on April
16, and Abigail was born
on May 21. Sungura was
born to mother Kaya and
Abigail to Isabelle. Both
calves were sired by father
Watson. The breeding was
a part of the Association
of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA) Species Survival
Plan (SSP) which works
to improve the genetic
diversity of managed animal
of a Socialite
When giraffe Baridi
arrived at the Louisville
Zoo on June 23 from San
Diego Safari Park, his friendly
reputation preceded him.
Baridi was born in December,
2015 and his name means
"frost" in Swahili — but he’s
anything but cold! You can visit Baridi on exhibit
in the Africa zone with 20-year-old female Malaika.
From Wings to Webs
After the celebration of Flutter Fest on Sept. 23,
the Butterflies n’ Blooms exhibit will go through a
“metamorphosis” and transform into a 1,000 sq. ft.
walkthrough spider house! Come view the intricate
and beautiful webs these beneficial insects weave.
Open daily during regular zoo hours and free with
Visit during the “World’s Largest Halloween Party!”
presented by Meijer to experience a guided spider
tour (only $1). More information on the Halloween
Party on page 13.
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