zoo babies

You gotta love 'em
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  • ELEPHANT
  • GAZELLE
  • GOLDEN CAT
  • GORILLA
  • MACAQUE
  • WHITE LIONS
  • Y ou just have to love them -- all wide-eyed and wobbly with scratchy patches of cowlicky fur and ears flopping every which way but loose.

    These are the zoo babies. Every year there comes a new crop, and every year the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shows them off -- just like any proud parent.

    There's a twist this year: A larger-than-usual crop of rare and endangered babies. And that's good, because if endangered species are to survive, it's pretty much up to zoos and their captive breeding programs.

    Now, meet the kids.

    Threatened and endangered are technical terms. Endangered, says zoo general curator Mike Dulaney, means ''in need of immediate attention to avoid becoming extinct. Threatened means there's a threat they will become endangered if we don't do something soon.''

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    If you go
    What: The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's Zoo Babies. To find the babies, just look for 7-foot tall storks displaying names and birth dates of the babies.

    When: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily, through June 28.

    Where: 3400 Vine St., Avondale.

    Admission: $10 Adults; $8 seniors; $5 children. Parking: $5 per car load.

    Information: Call 281-4700.