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Springtime – the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and in the animal world, babies are being born. This time of year is the perfect time for animals to give birth to their young and begin raising them. So why are so many baby animals born in the springtime?

It really has to do with what the season has to offer to ensure survival of newborns. In the spring, food tends to be more available. With more rainfall and sunlight, plant life grows more abundantly. Plants flower and begin to bear fruit, which feeds an abundance of wildlife. The days are longer, allowing animal parents more time to do their hunting or foraging for their babies. The weather is usually much warmer in the spring as well, so baby animals don’t have to worry about having to stay warm. It requires more calories to stay warm, and that means more food is required. 

All in all, springtime makes the parents’ and the babies’ lives easier, which means a higher survival rate. If you’re looking to celebrate something this April, wait until you see how many animal birthdays we have at the WNC Nature Center:

Remi and Hunter, gray foxes, born April 9, 2011

Rocket, gray fox, born April 15, 2013

Bea and Barney, coyotes, born April 8, 2006

Garnet and Karma, red wolves, born April 15 and 21, 2016, respectively

Wayah and Nova, gray wolves, born April 16, 2014

Missy, bobcat, born April 27, 2001.

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