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Top ten snuggly mum moments at Zoos SA

No matter if you’re a cub, pup or bub everyone loves spending time with the special mum in their lives!

This is no exception for the species at Zoos SA, who have shared some adorable cuddly moments in the lead up to Mother’s Day this Sunday.

Here are our top 10 utterly adorable fluffy mums and bub moments from around Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park:

1. Hannah and Happy – Chimpanzee
Little four-month-old Chimpanzee Happy continues to melt hearts at Monarto Safari Park snuggling with mum, Hannah and big sister four-year-old, Hope.

Hannah is a wonderful mum who often uses both hands (and feet!) to juggle her playful pair, while aunt, Galatea, helps out with lots of cuddles.

2. Delilah, Susu, Marni and Ketambe – Sumatran Tigers
Tiger trio, Susu, Marni and Ketambe, have been delighting visitors playing, pouncing and getting up to mischief around their habitat.

Delilah has shown what a patient and paws-on mum she is, often joining in the fun with her rambunctious cubs while they try to catch her tail.

3. Adale and Jamila – Black-and-white Colobus
Jamila, the first Black-and-white Colobus baby to be born at Adelaide Zoo is now three-month-old and her colobus colouring is now on full display!

When Jamila isn’t exploring the colobus tunnels above the Central Lawn, she loves to cuddle in close to mum, Adale, even if the remnants of snack time fall on her head.

4. Lilo, Lalaina and Ravo – Ring-tailed Lemurs
Twins can be hard work – but Ring-tailed Lemur mum Lilo has all paws covered!

Joining the troop in October last year, the seven-month-old duo, Lalaina and Ravo, are now more independent than ever swinging high in the treetops but they never miss the chance to come in for a stripy snuggle.

5. Kimya and Matumi – Giraffe 
Adopted giraffe mum, Kimya, took little four-month-old Matumi under her lanky wing when he was rejected by his birth mother at Monarto Safari Park in January.

The little calf is now thriving at Adelaide Zoo with Kimya offering gentle nose boops to her new companion.

6. Waffle, Frappe and Churro – Guinea Pigs
A little tiny twosome, Frappe and Churro, joined the Guinea Pig family at Adelaide Zoo in January.

Despite these sweet pups’ miniature size, their chomping and squeaking noises are up to scratch and they love sharing lunch with mum, Waffle.

7. Forest and Jabali – Spotted Hyena
Spotted Hyena mum, Forest, and her eight-month-old cub, Jabali, share a very special bond.

Jabali’s spots have certainly come in and the little fluff ball is now exploring his new surrounds, but making sure to stick close to mum just in case!

8. Tinka and Ninu – Greater Bilby
Despite three-month-old Ninu’s shy personality and taking after his dad, Rocky, the Greater Bilby joey is always just a tail away from mum, Tinka.

The pair love bouncing around their habitat in the Nocturnal House at Adelaide Zoo and snacking on tasty dog kibble together.

9. Qailee and her cuddly cubs – Cheetah 
Qailee is the ultimate spotty mum and foster mum, not only raising her two cubs but also welcoming in her sister Quella’s singleton cub.

The little female cub was cross-fostered into Qailee’s litter in an Australasian first, and the spotty trio are now thriving under the watchful eye of their doting mum.

10. Rita and Louie – Cape Porcupines 
Sass must run in this porcupine family! Little Louie definitely takes after mum, Rita, with the prickly porcupette stomping their feet and rattling their tail to demand sweet potato from keepers.

Not only that, but this cheeky chops will also steal a snack straight from mum’s mouth before running off with a case of the zoomies (a feeling most mums know well!).

We’d love for you to bring your cubs to see us at Monarto Safari Park on Mother’s Day for a day full of wild fun. Plus, the mum in your life will be treated to a free Australian Native Food Co candle on entry (while stocks last).

And if you’re looking for a last minute gift, an adventure around Adelaide Zoo or Monarto Safari Park is the perfect present, or you could take a trip along the new Grapes for Good Tasting Trail, pick up a experience gift voucher or drop into the shop a selection of beautiful treats that all give back to conservation!

To find out all you need to know for your visit or more about the amazing species Zoos SA, please visit

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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