Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is reveling in the arrival of several new babies at the Litchfield Park facility, including warthogs, jackal pups and a leopard.
The youngsters are all receiving around-the-clock care by the experienced Wildlife World hand-raising team and two veterinarians inside the zoo’s Baby Animal Nursery, according to a release.
Leopards are nimble and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers and jaguars. Along with the lion, these nocturnal predators live in sub-Saharan Africa, but they also can be found in northeast Africa, Central Asia, India and China.
Unfortunately, many of their populations are endangered. Habitat loss and degradation along with increased poaching remain the biggest threats to the feline’s survival, the release stated.
With more than 600 species and 6,000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at zoo, 16501 W. Northern Ave.
Other babies on display include a tapir, giraffe, endangered addax and Arabian oryx. They can be seen in their enclosures throughout the 100-acre park.
Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century, the release stated.
The zoo strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with its breeding programs.
As a USDA-licensed private institution accredited by the Zoological Association of America and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums, Wildlife World does not receive taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its nearly 37-year history, the release stated.
The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with last admission is at 4:30 p.m. Aquarium hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, visit wildlifeworld.com or call 623-935-9453 or follow @ZooWildlife on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.