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Updated: Nov 10, 2019

Rock hyrax pups born at Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., July 5, 2019 — Brevard Zoo welcomed two rock hyrax pups on Wednesday, June 19 to mother Buffy and father Fangs. The newborns have been named Turnip and Radish by keepers, and their sexes are unknown at this time. They are not yet visible to Zoo guests.

“Last year, Buffy and Fangs gave us babies Gnocchi and Hashbrown,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “This year, they’ve given us two more furballs, both of whom appear to be in excellent health.”

Gestation for rock hyraxes lasts six to eight months and females can give birth to up to four pups per litter.

Although hyraxes only weigh about eight pounds as adults, their closest living relatives are elephants and manatees. This species is found in rocky, arid habitats throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Human hunting has led to population decline in some areas.

 Brevard Zoo to release rehabilitated sea turtle

MELBOURNE, Fla., July 6, 2019 — Following a stay at Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center, juvenile green sea turtle Kona will be returned to the ocean at Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach on Tuesday, July 9 at 4 p.m. through a partnership with the Barrier Island Center.

Upon admission to the Healing Center on April 7, Kona appeared lethargic, was covered in barnacles and had trouble staying underwater. This sea turtle was treated with medication, fluids and nutritious food by Zoo staff and volunteers.

This event is open to the public, and a filming and viewing area will be reserved for media. All media personnel are asked to check in with a Healing Center volunteer upon arrival. Accessibility mats will be in place for wheelchair, walker and stroller users.

More information about Kona is available at

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at

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