Everyone loves baby animals, from gangly giraffe calves to fluffy tiger cubs. So look no further — we’re keeping track of all of the year’s most adorable zoo babies right here.
You may notice that some of the animals in our gallery were born at the end of 2015. However, since their births weren’t announced until early this year, we’re featuring them now — we didn’t want you to miss them!
Two fuzzy meerkat pups were born at the Taronga Zoo in Australia on Jan. 7. Their keepers think they are a boy and a girl, but won't know for sure until it's time for their first checkup.
Gabe, a critically endangered black rhino, was born in January at the U.K.'s Chester Zoo to mom Ema Elsa and dad Kifaru.
Two critically endangered Amur tiger cubs who were born in September 2015 have been out exploring their yard at the Woburn Safari Park in the U.K. early this year.
The animal care team at the Virginia Zoo decided to hand raise two critically endangered male Malayan tiger cubs when they became concerned about the level of care they were getting from their first-time mom, Api. The boys were born on Jan. 6.
On New Year's Day, keepers at Australia's Taronga Western Plains Zoo discovered their first newborn of the year: a female giraffe calf. The baby was born to mom Ntombi, and her keepers have named her Nyah, which means “purpose” in Swahili.
The first baby born at the Cincinnati Zoo this year was this little blue penguin. He was named Bowie, because he was born on performer David Bowie's 69th birthday on Jan. 8, and his name took on more meaning when his namesake passed away two days later.
Mom Nikki gave birth to this handsome giraffe calf on Dec. 13, 2015, at the San Diego Zoo. At 1 month old, he weighs in at 135 pounds.
An endangered Bornean orangutan was born to mom Josie on Dec. 21, 2015, after a challenging delivery at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The little guy is named GoJo, a blend of Josie and dad Goyang's names.
A female white rhinoceros calf was born on Dec. 21, 2015, at Australia's Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Her keepers have named her Kamari, which means "moonlight" in Swahili.
The Jacksonville Zoo in Florida showed off this adorable photo of its 8-week-old Sumatran tiger cub and her first-time mom, Lucy, in January. Her dad, Bernani, is also a first-time parent.