VIDEO: Penguin Chicks Dive 50 Feet Off Cliff

National Geographic cinematographer Bertie Gregorie captured the amazing moment when a group of emperor penguin chicks traveled to an Antarctic cliff and took a 15-meter (50-foot) leap.

According to Gregorie, he’d seen chicks take their first swim by jumping a couple feet from the ice into the water, but he’d never seen a jump this high before.

This footage, which was captured by drone, is part of the documentary series, Secrets of the Penguins, which will premiere on National Geographic and Disney+ on April 22.

To learn more about emperor penguins, see our article, Emperor Penguin.

AWW! Lion Cubs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Lion cubs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Lion cubs Bahati, Jabari and Zawadi were born on October 4. Photo credit: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Visitors to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Australia can now view three baby lions as they romp and play with their older siblings and learn to roar with their mama. The cubs, Bahati, Jabari and Zawadi, were born on October 4, 2023 to mother Marion and father Lwazi.

Learn more about the cubs at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo website.

Lion cubs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Photo credit: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Lion cub at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Photo credit: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Lion cub at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Photo credit: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Oakland Zoo Cares for Rescued Tiger Cub

Rescued female tiger receiving extended care at the Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital; Photo Credit Oakland Zoo

A rescued female tiger cub is receiving extended care at the Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital. Photo credit: Oakland Zoo.

The Oakland Zoo is caring for and treating a female tiger cub rescued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The cub was rescued from a private facility where she had sustained multiple bone fractures due to malnutrition. Because the bone fractures hadn’t been treated properly at the facility, some had healed at abnormal angles.

Now in the zoo’s care, the cub was examined and given nutritional supplements and pain medication. Once her bones build up enough calcium, zoo veterinarians and surgeons will determine the next stage of treatment in her healing journey.

“Seeing this young tiger enduring such obvious suffering is extremely difficult…no animal should experience life in this way. We are grateful to serve in a role that gives her hope for brighter days ahead”, says Nik Dehejia, CEO of Oakland Zoo.

For more information, visit the Oakland Zoo website.

Dr. Alex Herman, VP of Veterinary Services, and Dr. Ryan Sadler, Senior Veterinarian at Oakland Zoo, examining a CT scan of the rescued tiger; Photo Credit Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital staff performing a thorough examination of the rescued tiger. Photo credit: Oakland Zoo.

Dr. Alex Herman, VP of Veterinary Services, and Dr. Ryan Sadler, Senior Veterinarian at Oakland Zoo, examining a CT scan of the rescued tiger. Photo Credit Oakland Zoo.

Dr. Alex Herman, VP of Veterinary Services, and Dr. Ryan Sadler, Senior Veterinarian at Oakland Zoo, examining a CT scan of the rescued tiger. Photo credit: Oakland Zoo.

PHOTOS: Baby Monkeys at San Diego Zoo

Baby squirrel monkeys at San Diego Zoo

Baby squirrel monkeys at the San Diego Zoo. Photo credit: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Lots of monkeying around happening at the San Diego Zoo these days! The zoo is celebrating the birth of four baby monkeys: two squirrel monkeys – one born Nov. 27 and one born Nov. 28, a Schmidt’ red-tailed monkey born Nov. 11, and a DeBrazza’s monkey born Oct. 28.

The babies and mamas are doing well, and guests to the zoo can now view them in their habitats.

For more information, visit the San Diego Zoo website.

Baby red-tailed monkey and mama at the San Diego Zoo.

Baby Schmidt’s red-tailed monkey and mama at the San Diego Zoo. Photo credit: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Baby red-tailed monkey at the San Diego Zoo.

Baby Schmidt’s red-tailed monkey at the San Diego Zoo. Photo credit: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Baby DeBrazza’s monkey and mama at the San Diego Zoo

Baby DeBrazza’s monkey and mama at the San Diego Zoo. Photo credit: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

VIDEO: Rare White Rhino Calf Born at the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo was thrilled to welcome a new baby white rhino on December 28. Mother Sabi is doing well as a first-time mom, keeping close watch of her calf and keeping him clean.

Sabi and her newborn calf at the Toronto Zoo

Sabi and her newborn calf at the Toronto Zoo. Photo credit: Toronto Zoo.

Sabi and her newborn calf at the Toronto Zoo.

Photo credit: Toronto Zoo.

White rhinoceroses are considered Near Threatened by the IUCN, with their numbers decreasing in the wild. Toronto Zoo participates in a conservation breeding program to maintain genetically diverse populations of white rhinos.

For more information, see the Toronto Zoo website.

Oakland Zoo Cares for Orphaned Cougar Cubs

Orphaned cougar cub at the Oakland Zoo

Female cougar cub during an examination at Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital. Photo credit: Oakland Zoo.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife transported two cougar (or mountain lion) cubs to the Oakland Zoo for care after their mother was struck and killed by a car. Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital staff conducted thorough exams on the cubs, including virus testing, parasite treatment, and bloodwork testing. They also provided vital fluids as the cubs were underweight and dehydrated.

“Our team will be caring for the cubs daily to restore them to full health and for their overall animal wellbeing,” said Dr. Alex Herman, Oakland Zoo’s Vice President of Veterinary Services.

In the wild, cougar cubs stay with their mothers for two years to learn survival and hunting skills. Since these cubs are only 6-10 weeks old, they cannot be returned to the wild and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will find a suitable home for them in a few months.

For more information, see the Oakland Zoo’s website.

To learn more about cougars, see our Cougar article.

PHOTOS: Endangered Baby Zebra Born at Lincoln Park Zoo

Baby Grevy's zebra at Lincoln Park Zoo

An endangered Grevy’s zebra was born at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo

A female baby zebra was born on August 21 at Lincoln Park Zoo. The foal, a Grevy’s zebra, was able to run just one hour after birth. She will be dependent on her mother, Adia, for the first seven months.

Grevy’s zebras are considered endangered by the IUCN. There are fewer than 2000 Grevy’s zebras in the wild, due to hunting and habitat loss.

Baby Grevy's zebra

Pictured with her mom, Adia, the newborn was able to run just one hour after birth. Photo credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo

To learn more about the Grevy’s zebra newborn, see the Lincoln Park Zoo website.

VIDEO: Aww! Bear Cub Cuddles

Fern and Juniper are two orphaned brown bear cubs living at Woodland Park Zoo. Juniper was found wandering around alone at an air base in Anchorage, Alaska. Fern was rescued from Montana. At Woodland Park Zoo, they have become fast friends.

Watch a video below of them playing:

To learn more about this adorable duo, see the Woodland Park Zoo website.

To learn more about grizzly bears, see our Grizzly Bear article.