2015 Recap: Babies

It's been a year of new additions at the National Aquarium! Here's a look back at some of the highlights.

Published December 16, 2015

Knob-Tailed Gecko

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This little lizard hatched in October and is found throughout the rocky plains of Australia’s northern territory. Sheltering during the day, these nocturnal predators wait until sundown to hunt insects, scorpions and spiders.

Atlantic Puffin Chicks

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Our newest Atlantic puffins, Penne and Valjean, hatched in July and can now be seen in the North Atlantic to the Pacific exhibit.

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

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In March, we welcomed a new baby sloth named Felize to the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit! Sloths are nocturnal by nature and spend much of their time asleep among the trees.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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As part of North Carolina Aquarium’s Loggerhead Head Start Program, National Aquarium is one of many institutions from across the country that rehabilitates sea turtle hatchlings with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the wild. Our newest addition arrived at the Aquarium in November!

Pied Imperial Pigeon Chick

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Staff lent a hand to our pair of pied imperial pigeons, constructing a mesh platform under their nest for added stability. The effort paid off, and in July, we celebrated a new hatchling.

We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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