The Secret Life of the Zoo 11/08/2016

About our new arrivals

A combination of factors, including detailed planning, highly knowledgeable keepers, great infrastructure, a compressive animal nutrition plan, top husbandry techniques and scientific insight to back it all up, all contribute to the breeding successes here at Chester Zoo.

Here's a handful of some of the most recent new arrivals at the zoo.

One-week-old Eastern black rhino calf, Gabe

Rhino calf born

Chester Zoo is now home to ten Eastern black rhinos following the birth of male calf Gabe last month.

But why is this birth so special and why are we part of a black rhino breeding programme? Find out more on our Act for Wildlife blog here.

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First ever tuatara born outside of New Zealand

A unique tuatara – a species believed to have pre-dated the dinosaurs having been on the planet more than 225 million years – has hatched here at Chester Zoo.

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Tiger cubs at Chester Zoo

Top 10 zoo babies of 2015

We saw a whole host of animal births in 2015 - including some of the world's rarest species. Here's our list of the top 10 animal births last year.

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Our latest new arrivals


The Secret Life of the Zoo captures the moment an endangered bird hatches

The hatching of critically endangered Javan green magpies has been caught on film for the first time.

  • New arrivals
  • Birds
  • Conservation Breeding and Management
  • South East Asia
  • Javan green magpie


Our ‘den cams’ capture birth of EIGHT rare painted dog pups

The birth of eight rare African wild dog pups has been caught on our ‘den cams’.

  • Painted dogs
  • New arrivals


Cute capybara birth!

This chunky little capybara pup is the latest to be been born at the zoo!

  • Capybaras
  • New arrivals


Rare spider monkey born

A tiny newborn spider monkey has been spotted clinging tightly to its mum.

  • New arrivals
  • Monkeys


Baby chameleons hatch at the zoo for the first time

Three colourful chameleons, so tiny they each fit on the end of a finger, have hatched.

  • Reptiles
  • New arrivals
  • Conservation Breeding and Management
  • Conservation in the zoo


World’s smallest monkey gives birth to tiny twins

Our pygmy marmoset, the world’s smallest species of monkey, has given birth to twins.

  • Monkeys
  • New arrivals
  • Pygmy marmoset


Fab five! Dwarf mongoose pups emerge from their den

Five tiny dwarf mongoose pups born at the zoo have emerged from their den for the first time.

  • Dwarf mongoose
  • New arrivals


Jumping for joy! Get ready to meet the UK’s ONLY ‘miniature kangaroos’

The UK’s only dusky pademelons are set to make their public debut at the zoo.

  • Dusky Pademelon
  • New arrivals


Rock hyrax triplets born

Three baby rock hyraxes have made their public debuts.

  • Rock Hyrax
  • New arrivals


Two critically endangered lemurs leap into the zoo

A pair of white-belted ruffed lemurs - a species critically endangered in the wild - have joined us in a bid to help save them from extinction.

  • lemurs
  • New arrivals
  • Mascarenes and Madagascar
  • white-belted-ruffed-lemurs


Fourteen fluffy flamingo chicks have hatched

The first fluffy hatchlings of the year have been welcomed to the flock (or more correctly ‘flamboyance’) of flamingos.

  • New arrivals
  • Flamingos


Joy as two rare rhinos are born within days of each other

Two incredibly rare Eastern black rhino calves have been born in a week, boosting global numbers of the critically endangered species.

  • New arrivals
  • Black rhino
  • Habitat - Tsavo


GB first: rare Andean bear cub born

The first Andean bear to be born in mainland Great Britain has emerged from its den at and it’s absolutely adorable.

  • New arrivals
  • Andean bears
  • Feature - Andean Bear


Baby Boom at the Zoo!

The hatching of two extremely rare Javan green magpie chicks has added to a spectacular spring time baby boom here at the Zoo.

  • New arrivals


Tiny trotters! Red river hog piglets born at the zoo

Two “pocket-sized” piglets have been born at the zoo.

  • New arrivals
  • Red river hog


Two adorable African sengis have been born

The tiny twins - also known as round-eared elephant shrews – have been nicknamed Ping and Pong by zookeepers, as they're no bigger than table tennis balls.

  • Sengi
  • New arrivals
  • Mammals