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  • Babies on Board

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    Mimic poison dart frogs are the epitome of the model nuclear family. The male and female pair in a lifelong monogamous relationship, and both parents share extended tadpole-rearing responsibilities in a quiet subdivision away from the perils of the Peruvian rainforest floor. All that’s missing is the station wagon. Instead, Dad carts the kids around on his back.

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  • Happy 7th Birthday, Miki!

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    The first weeks of a beluga calf’s life are marked by a series of milestones: swimming to the surface for its first breath; bonding with its mother; learning to slipstream alongside her; figuring out how to nurse; gaining weight and thriving. The mark of success is a first birthday celebration. 

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  • Who’s Your Daddy? Shark Genetic Testing

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    Among the zebra sharks born in Wild Reef, that’s a fair question. The breeding group has multiple males, and monogamy is not in this species’ behavioral makeup.

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  • Happy 15th Birthday, Kayavak!

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    Lisa Takaki, senior director of marine mammals, vividly remembers Kayavak’s birth early on the morning of Aug. 3, 1999. “I can't believe she’s 15! Where does the time go?” the marine mammal trainer marvels.

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  • Beluga Birthday: Bella Is 8!

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    It’s official: On Bella’s eighth birthday, Maris Muzzy, senior trainer and cetacean manager, says that the beluga is “truly an adult whale now, not the lanky young adult she was last year.”

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