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Banner Year For Births At Zoo Atlanta

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a panda at Zoo Atlanta (credit: Erik S. Lesser/ Getty Images)

a panda at Zoo Atlanta (credit: Erik S. Lesser/ Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) — It was a banner year for births at Zoo Atlanta.

Zoo officials say nearly 260 babies were born in 2011, including two tiger cubs, a giraffe and a gorilla. Other new arrivals included a chinchilla, a kangaroo and a Burmese black tortoise.

In all, there were 56 were mammals, 121 were reptiles, 81 were birds and one amphibian born in 2011. The latest little one to make a public debut was Beauregard the bongo, who is now almost two months old.

Visitors can also get a look at Po, the zoo’s giant panda cub born in November 2010.

Only four U.S. zoos have giant pandas, which are leased from China: Atlanta; Memphis, Tenn.; San Diego and Washington, D.C.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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