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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Welcomes a New Family Member

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(Colorado Springs, CO) The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs has a new family member.

In the early morning hours on Friday, August 12th, a baby Red River Hog was born to a second-time mom, Zena. The father, Huey, is a fifteen-year-old Red River Hog who is now a dad to six.

The zoo shared in a news release that the tiny baby is about the size of the mom's snout and has the characteristic "watermelon pattern" (brown and white stripes and spots) that provide extra camouflage for the first six months of life and then fade away.

The mom, Zena, arrived at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 2019 from the Dallas Zoo on a breeding recommendation with Huey. Since Zena had not previously shared space with another hog, the pair were slowly introduced and over time, they started snuggling, cuddling, and breeding.

In April 2021, Zena welcomed her first hoglet with Huey, a female named Pinto.

The gender of the newest addition to the family is not known at this time, but we do know that Zena and Huey will be great parents. Learn more about this breeding couple here.

The Red River Hog family also includes Ari, a twenty-year-old female who is the mother to Huey's first four hoglets. She prefers to be alone now, a tired mom who has earned some much-needed quiet time.

The Red River Hog habitat, located in African Rift Valley, also houses the giraffe herds, zebras, vultures, okapi, and African lions. Stop by and congratulate the new family, and then visit Blanca, the zoo's first spring baby in 2022.

  • Location: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs
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