Brookfield Zoo Welcomes New Additions: Dwarf Mongoose Pups and Peafowl Chicks

Shannon Blum
June 18, 2019 - 12:54 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  In the final days of spring, Brookfield Zoo is welcoming new additions.

Brookfield Zoo announced Tuesday the birth of five dwarf mongoose pups and the hatching of seven common peafowl chicks - the latest additions. 

The five dwarf mongoose pups were born May 20 at Habitat Africa! The Savannah.

Five mongoose pups were born at Brookfield Zoo on May 20.
Chicago Zoological Society

According to the zoo, it will be several weeks until the sexes of the pups can be determined. The pups can be seen playing, napping, and nursing from their mother, Aurora.

The dwarf mongoose is a small carnivore that lives in groups that include a dominant male and female. They tend to move from den to den searching for food. According to the zoo, the female makes the decision when the group needs to move on and the male is the one who looks out for danger and protects the group’s territory. The species is native to Africa.

Peafowl chicks with mom Gouda at Brookfield Zoo.
Chicago Zoological Society

In addition to the mongoose pups, Brookfield Zoo also welcomes seven common peafowl chicks - two to Noel, four to Gouda, and one to Brie. Peafowl are members of the pheasant family - males are called peacocks and females peahens.

According to the zoo, the males have the very impressive vibrant feathers on their train that are displayed during courtship, while females have mottled brown plumage that allows them to blend in with the environment while incubating eggs.

Two of seven peafowl chicks born at Brookfield Zoo recently.
Chicago Zoological Society

At about a month old, the chicks will grow crests and a month later, they begin to look like their mother in appearance, but are only half her size. Male peafowl do not develop their adult coloring until their second year. The species is found in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is a protected species in India, where it is the national bird.

The peafowl chicks, along with the zoo's peacocks and peahens can be seen roaming the zoo grounds, primarily on the South Side.