Springtime is often synonymous with baby booms. The same is true for many of the rare and endangered animals that we care for here at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. As animal care specialists, we look forward to these “new beginnings”—it is incredibly rewarding to see our months and years of hard work manifest into an adorable bouncing baby!
Of course, those babies grow up to then contribute to their own species’ survival. But before that happens, many youngsters must learn what it means to be an animal—what to eat, how to behave and more—from their parents.