July 31st, 2023

Pup, calf, hatchling, kit, chick, cub … no matter the species, we can all agree on one thing: baby animals are so cute! Over on our social media, we love to share photos of these youngsters for Cub Friday, a feature of the newest members of the wild kingdom born in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions.

You’ve probably enjoyed seeing their adorable faces, but did you know baby animals play an important role? They’re part of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan.


Species Survival Plan brings hope for the future of endangered animals

The AZA’s Species Survival Plan began in 1981 as a conservation and population management program. The plan manages a genetically diverse, demographically varied and biologically sound population for the future.

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums hope to ensure conservation for these often threatened or endangered species by suggested breeding pairings. The plan also helps with species research and education. Plus, baby animals help bring awareness to the public about issues these species may be facing.

Wild Kingdom’s Cub Friday

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom brings awareness to these species with Cub Friday, a social media feature. Be sure to follow us on social media to partake in Cub Friday, where you can read facts about the animals and see cute photos.

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom does not own the rights to these images and all images are provided by the credited zoo or aquarium.

Cute animals and Cub Friday features

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