Two years after giving birth for the first time, the Smithsonian National Zoo's female panda made headlines last weekend by giving birth to two more offspring. This is great news for the panda world as conception in captivity remains rather rare.
Barely a few days old and already stars in their own right, the little newborns will undoubtedly become the park's main attraction this season. Here is a panorama of some of the most famous zoo animals around the world.
The Smithsonian National Zoological Park of Washington, DC made headlines recently with their star panda bear Mei Xiang giving birth to twin pandas.
Mei Xiang gave birth to a male panda a few years earlier named Bao Bao. Bao Bao celebrated his second birthday this year with a huge fruit cake.
Around the world, only 19 zoos have giant pandas on show. The zoo of Beauval, in the Loir-et-Cher region of France is one of the lucky parks on this limited list.
Visitors can meet Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, a panda couple from China. The arrival of the famous duo in 2012 required an extension of park grounds of more than two hectares in order to provide the mountain bears with optimum living conditions.
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The Berlin Zoological Garden is the oldest zoological park in Germany and one of the largest in the world. Visitors enter the park via the grand elephant gate and that's where the adventure begins.
Over the years, Berlin zoo has had many star animals, including most recently a polar bear. The zoo's female bear gave birth in 2006 to Knut, a polar bear cub abandoned by his mother. Knut became a German and international star and was loved by the public until his death four years later.
The Berlin zoo has also attracted attention in the past for its gorilla Bobby. Today, the zoo's super star is Wolodja, a polar bear from Russia that has become visitors' new mascot.
The famous Taronga Zoo situated in the suburbs of Sydney has welcomed a new baby gorilla this past spring. The little male snags visitors' attention, especially when he is glimpsed being rocked and held close by his mother.
In the past eight months, two baby gorillas have been born in the Taronga Zoo through its reproduction program for western lowland gorillas.
Very few zoo animals possess their own Twitter account. The Egyptian cobra of the Bronx Zoo in New York has attracted a following of 167,000 people on the social media website, and the reptile is one of the must-see inhabitants of the zoo.
The snake's celebrity status comes from an interesting anecdote. Named Mia for 'Missing in Action', the female cobra managed to slip away from her pen for six days. Her name was chosen with the help of internet users with more than 60,000 votes registered.
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