From aardvarks to zebras, ZooBorns showcases the newest and cutest animal babies from accredited zoos and aquariums around the world. Featuring fascinating animal facts and background stories on each pictured baby, ZooBorns illustrates the connections between zoo births and conservation initiatives in the wild for animal lovers of all ages.
Taken at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.
Name: Miracle Kitten
Home: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Status: Least Concern
The white circles around ocelots’ eyes reflect light, giving these perfect prowlers exceptional night vision.
Sometimes nature needs a little help, and this feisty Miracle Kitten is the result. Only the third ocelot in history to be born through artificial insemination, Miracle Kitten was specifically conceived to bolster this rare species. Reproductive scientists like those who brought Miracle Kitten into the world are key to addressing the conservation and management challenges associated with ocelots.
Andrew Bleiman is a lifelong animal nerd who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English Literature and a yet to be recognized minor in Baby Animalogy. He attributes his fascination with zoology and conservation to monthly childhood trips to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Lillian, and daughter, Avery.
Chris Eastland is a classically trained artist and freelance designer who studied and taught at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. Chris was formerly the Photography Editor for Quest Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his girlfriend, Emilie, their cat Georgie, and their dog Holden.