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Last weekend to see Zoo Atlanta lion cubs; more baby news


Remember these kids, Small, Medium and Large? (OK, they were later dubbed Christos, Mikalos and Athanaisi.) Zoo Atlanta's lion cubs will soon move to Africam Safari, a zoo in Mexico. They're not the only zoo babies making news lately, though. AJC file photos

One more sign of spring: there’s a lot of baby news coming out of Zoo Atlanta these days. Most pressing is that this is the last weekend to see Zoo Atlanta’s lion cubs before they move to their new home at Africam Safari in Puebla, Mexico.

They’re not as tiny as they were in the above photo from 2008, but they’re Atlanta babies none the less.

In other baby news:


There could be another baby orangutan, like little Dumadi, shown here in 2007. Zoo Atlanta has a pregnant mama.

  • Xi Lan, the panda cub, is a big boy, all weaned from his mom and living alone. (Mei Lan, Zoo Atlanta’s first panda cub, is already back in China. Here’s a great Q&A with the keeper who traveled there with her.) The AJC reported this week Zoo Atlanta will try again this year for a pregnancy for panda parents Lun Lun and Yang Yang.
  • There are several other notable pregnancies, Zoo Atlanta folks told me this week, including an orangutan, warthog and giraffe. (Baby giraffe. Melting!)
  • Zoo Atlanta’s Keeper Blog shared a few weeks ago that they had a surprise baby: Jill, an 18-year-old Schmidt’s guenon who met her mate, J.J., last April, gave birth in mid-January. The same blog tells about the lion cubs adjusting to their travel crate before the big trip south.

Want to go? Zoo Atlanta. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $13.99-$18.99, free for kids younger than 2. 800 Cherokee Ave. inside Grant Park, Atlanta. 404-624-9453,

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[...] As for the pandas still at Zoo Atlanta, Mei Lan’s little brother, Xi Lan, has been weaned from his mama, and Zoo Atlanta keepers will try again for a pregnancy this year for proud parents Lun Lun and Yang Yang. Here’s more Zoo Atlanta baby news. [...]