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That's One Big Baby

Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL

How would you like to give birth to an infant that's 6 foot, 2 inches and 176 pounds? Could be a tad uncomfortable, no? Well, that's what baby mama Cupid did on January 27, bringing the park's giraffe population to 19. This spotted beauty has been nursing out of guest view since plummeting out of mommy but plans to join the other free-roaming animals on Busch Gardens' 65-acre Serengeti Plain in early spring.

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Give Back to the Animals You Love

  • By Leah Lerner & Gregg Rosenzweig

    Cuddly animals are a universal language. But zoos are for more than cooing over fuzzy-wuzzies. They rescue injured animals, educate the public and help preserve endangered species.

    How Can You Help?

    Donate to your favorite species or zoo. Volunteer to be a docent. "Adopt" an animal, name it, or even donate your car for a tax deduction. Every little bit can add up to massive movements that could literally save a species from extinction. Some of the biggest zoo fundraisers and cool programs:

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    This year's "Viva! Zoo Vegas!" stars showgirls, gaming and even a Flamingo Nightclub that may just have a flamingo at it. Friday, April 20, 2012.

    Zoo Atlanta Beastly Feast »
    Help keep their track record of raising $1 million for 15 years running. Saturday, May, 5, 2012.

    Kansas City Zoo's JAZZOO »
    The zoo's largest fundraiser designed to feed more than 1,000 hungry animals and a cash-starved zoo. Friday, June 1, 2012.

    San Diego Zoo Wish List »
    Purchase much-needed items from $5-5,000. 95% goes directly to the item.

    Shedd Aquarium Matching Program »
    Maximize your impact with a double or triple donation match.

    Zoo Atlanta Bamboo Donation »
    Help the zoo feed their giant pandas' 220-pound-a-day habit.

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