The welcome wagon is busy at the Calgary Zoo.
Officials say the zoo’s animal family has increased with the recent arrival of a white black bear, Eurasian wild boars and colourful Himalayan pheasants called monals (MOH’-nahls).
Other additions planned for next spring and summer are Komodo dragons and greater one-horned rhinoceros.
The rhinos are to take over the space occupied by the zoo’s elephants, which are being moved in the spring to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
The Africa exhibit will also get a boost when several mandrills, or baboons, take up residence in the rain forest area.
The zoo was badly damaged by severe floods that hit southern Alberta in June and it only fully reopened last week.