The Lincoln Park Zoo is welcoming lots of litters to their enclosures. Both the Mangalitsa pigs and the dwarf mongooses have babies.
There are seven Mangalitsa piglets which live at the Farm in the Zoo exhibit. Currently they are enjoying winter accommodation in the livestock barn and sucking down a steady supply of milk. This litter was born on the 27th of October. The breed, from Hungary, is best known for its long, curly fur.
Four dwarf mongoose’s form the other litter at the zoo. They live at the Regenstein small mammal-reptile house. Born on October 7 this litter means their parents have had 11 pups this year. That’s not odd for this species though as they are highly social and may have groups numbering 40 in the wild.
The older siblings are assisting in raising the new arrivals. It is normal for them to be sighted carrying the mouse sized pups around. Soon enough they will be able to move around on their own.
Lincoln Park Zoo bred these pups on the advice of the Species Survival Plan. This shared conservation effort between zoos seeks to make sure that the population in zoos will be genetically sustainable.
In the wild these mongooses live in Eastern Africa throughout burrows under the savannah and forest areas. Their favourite foods are insects, eggs and small lizards though no lizards are on the menu at the zoo.
Photo Credit: Lincoln Park Zoo