The Daily Beast - ZooBorns - November 1, 2010
What makes a good baby picture? On ZooBorns.com, the babies have to be wild. Maybe obscure. Possibly endangered. Mostly, they have to be cute.
"Cute always comes first," said Chris Eastland, an artist and photographer from Brooklyn, N.Y., who joined forces with Andrew Bleiman of Chicago to create ZooBorns.com two years ago.
Their website delivers birth announcements from zoos and aquariums around the world, and gets about a million hits a month.
The men are publishing a pair of hardcover books through Simon & Schuster — "ZooBorns!" a 32-page children's book released last month, and a longer book for all ages also called "ZooBorns," out next week. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums gets 10 per cent from sales. (CP)
Toronto Star Photo Editor Wanda Goodwin shares a selection of these images here.
This Fennec fox is on the book cover "ZooBorns," released by Simon & Schuster by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland. (AP Photo/Simon & Schuster )
Rooby a Red Kangaroo at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Manitoba, Canada. (AP Photo/Assiniboine Park Zoo, Darlene Stack)
Orphan Baby Sea Otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder
Amani the baby aardvark from the Detroit Zoo
Detroit Zoo / Mark Gaskill
Photo; Robert La Follette
A baby Tamandua (or Lesser Anteater) at Discovery Cove in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Discovery Cove, David Collier)
Hasani a Western Lowland Gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo in San Francisco, Calif. (AP Photo/San Francisco Zoo, George Nikitin)
Red Panda Cubs Edmonton Valley Zoo
Jesse Popowicz / City of Edmonton
Beco the elephant plays with a big rubber ball at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Grahm Jones photo.