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  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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    A baby mini-Nubian goat in the Tisch Children's Zoo
    Meet the new addition to the herd, Spot. He arrived early December.

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

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    Mini-Nubian goats in the Tisch Children's Zoo
    Bags of feed can be bought for 50 from dispensing machines to feed the animals in the Tisch Children's Zoo.

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

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    Mini-Nubian goats in the Tisch Children's Zoo
    Not averse to macho behavior, these two longtime pen mates will engage in head-butting displays. Men, eh?

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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    An alpaca in the Tisch Children's Zoo

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    A cow in the Tisch Children's ZooOthello is reputed to be the only cow in...

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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    A potbellied pig in the Tisch Children's Zoo
    These are the only animals in the Tisch Chilren's Zoo you can't feed by hand. They may look docile, but they pack a nasty nip. If you look closely you can see the bloodlust in their eyes.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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    A rabbit in the Tisch Children's Zoo
    Note the absence of bloodlust in its eyes.

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

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    California sea lions in the Central Garden
    To keep the sea lions minds and bodies active, trainers engage in enrichment (including pulling sweet tricks) with the sea lions at 11:30am, 2 and 4pm daily.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    A polar bear in the Polar Circle
    You can gawk at the zoo's two polar bears, Gus and Ida, from three levels: underwater, at rock-level and from above.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    Penguins in the Polar Circle
    Last year, four king penguins (the second largest species) joined the 60-strong flock of gentoos and chinstraps. Swing by at 10:30am and 2:30pm for feeding time.

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

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    A duck in the Polar Circle
    With stocks in the wild declining, the zoo boasts the largest public collection of sea ducks in North America. Trust us, there are more varieties of sea ducks in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    A tufted puffin in the Polar Circle

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

    A snow leopard in the Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard ExhibitThe zoo has two...

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

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    A snow monkey in the Temperate Territory
    The nine snow monkeys live on a rocky island with hot springs to mimic their habitat in Japan. Jealous, much?

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Snow monkeys in the Temperate TerritoryFollow the path around the monkeys'...

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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    A red panda in the Temperate Territory
    Watch for this solitary, raccoonlike critter keeping itself warm by wrapping itself in its bushy tail. Awww.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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    Cranes in the Temperate Territory
    If you're with your boo, stop by and gaze at this pair of cranes---they mate for life. Whether you try a cheesy line on your beau is up to you.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    A tamandua in the Tropic Zone
    You're probably feeling the chill by now, so head inside to the Tropic Zone and take a walk along the raised platform. You'll spot tamanduas in the trees above you.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

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    Tropical birds in the Tropic Zone
    You'll find the zoo's tropical bird collection roaming free above you in the Tropic Zone.

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

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    A scarlet Ibis in the Tropical Zone

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

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    A victoria crowned pigeon in the Tropical Zone
    According to legend, this pigeon was the bouncer at CBGB before retiring to the zoo.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    A two-toed sloth in the Tropic Zone
    Keep looking in the trees---these shy, slow-moving creatures are tough to spot.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    A mouse deer in the Tropic Zone
    When your neck needs a rest from looking up, watch these floor-dwelling mammals.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    A cotton-top tamarin in the Tropic Zone
    You'll find these little guys with the crazy dos behind glass in the Tropic Zone, probably to stop them from back combing your hair.

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

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    Coatimundi in the Tropic Zone, mezzanine
    Head upstairs to see animals behind glass. This coatimundi's one of three brothers who joined the zoo last year.

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

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    Dwarf mongoose in the Tropic Zone, mezzanine
    More newborn cuteness is available, a dwarf mongoose bore a litter of four last September.

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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    Banded mongoose in the Tropic Zone, mezzanine
    And not to be outdone, the banded mongooses are also proud parents of four babies.

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

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    A poisonous frog in the Tropic Zone, mezzanine
    These poisonous frogs aren't deadly---they just taste nasty (or so we've been told).

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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    A snake in the Tropic Zone, mezzanine
    We don't care that they're behind glass, we don't even like looking at this picture.

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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    A snake in the Tropic Zone, mezzanine

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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    A snake in the Tropic Zone, mezzanine

Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

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A baby mini-Nubian goat in the Tisch Children's Zoo
Meet the new addition to the herd, Spot. He arrived early December.

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