By Bonnie Berkowitz, Richard Johnson, Annie Daniel and Emily Chow, Published: Aug. 21, 2014
A year ago Saturday, Bao Bao was born live on Panda Cam and instantly leapt to the highest rung of National Zoo royalty. But is she greater than a lesser kudu? Dearer than a degu? Fuzzier than a fishing cat? Bao Bao is just one of the 155 critters born at the zoo in the past year. She is not the smallest, the largest or the most endangered, and — blasphemy! — she may not even be the cutest. Here is a look at every animal born since Aug. 23, 2013, at the zoo and at the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.
NOTE: The list does not include stillborn young or those that died shortly after birth. The illustration does not include the 16 freshwater stingrays that were born.
SOURCES: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), San Diego Zoo, National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center, Woodland Park Zoo, Toronto Zoo, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, South African General Consulate, African Wildlife Foundation.