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Memphis Zoo welcomes 2 new babies

His name is Mpingo and his proud parents are Lily and Mofana. His name is Mpingo and his proud parents are Lily and Mofana.
Tamu brings the Memphis Zoo's giraffe herd to nine members. Tamu brings the Memphis Zoo's giraffe herd to nine members.

(WMC) – Visitors to the Memphis Zoo are getting the chance to meet the two newest members of the zoo family.

On Monday, April 28, a baby bonobo was born. This is second bonobo born at the zoo in two years. His name is Mpingo and his proud parents are Lily and Mofana. He has one half-brother Mobali, who was born in May 2013 and just celebrated his first birthday.

Mpingo and his mother are currently on exhibit with the other member of the bonobo group, which is called a troop.

"Mother and baby are doing well," Matt Thompson, director of animal programs, said. "The group has really embraced the newcomer."

The giraffe family is also welcoming a new member. Zoo visitors got to see the birth on Friday, May 16, while 21-year-old Marilyn was on exhibit.

She gave birth to a healthy baby boy calf named Tamu Massif, who weighed 150 pounds. Tamu brings the Memphis Zoo's giraffe herd to nine members.

"Tamu is doing incredibly well," said Thompson. "He's happy and healthy. Marilyn is a great, experienced mother, so she's taking this all in stride."

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