Stories in the ‘Animal Updates’ Category

An Update on Okapi Baby, Miraq

Posted by in Animal Updates,Mammals,Zoo News

okapi baby

Miráq, our first baby Okapi at the Houston Zoo, is now about 3 months old. Miráq only weighed 40 pounds when he was first born. Now Miráq is weighing in at 195 pounds. It is typical that Okapi calves will nearly triple in size by the end of their first 2 months. Miráq will be […]

Happy First Birthday Duncan!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Elephants,Events,Mammals,Zoo News


Written by Andrea Pohlman On February 7th, the Houston Zoo’s elephant care team celebrated Duncan’s 1st birthday! With help from the Zoo’s commissary staff, the elephants were treated to birthday cakes made with soaked grain and frosted in peanut butter. Streamers and a banner were hung in the elephant exhibit, and a wrapped present was […]

Monkey Business… aka “Love”

Posted by in Animal Updates,Behind the Scenes,Gorillas,Mammals,Primates,Zoo News

One of the beautiful De Brazza babies.

By Marjorie Pepin It’s February, and love is in the air at the Houston Zoo. But can love withstand the test of time? That question not only applies to humans, but to animals, too! A few of our monkey couples have managed to last longer than most human marriages, and that’s a big deal!  We […]

Skunk Works Out in Giant Wheel, Gets Fit

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Animal Updates,Mammals

Skunk Works Out in Giant Wheel, Gets Fit

Lily the skunk was getting a bit round in the middle, and one of our amazing Houston Zoo volunteers came up with an ingenious solution – a giant wheel for her to jog in! Check out her workout: When Lily was about a year old, keeper Stephanie Turner noted she had begun to put on […]

Discover What Makes the Houston Toad So Unique

Posted by in Amphibians,Animal Updates,Guest Blogger Series,Houston Toad,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News


The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Gilbert Sabinga is in the United States as participating in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). The Community College Initiative Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Northern […]

Colobus Monkey Gets a Second Chance at Sight with Cataract Surgery

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Animal Updates,Mammals,Primates,Veterinary Care


This post written by Bailey Cheney of the Houston Zoo Primate Department. We first realized that Caesar, our geriatric Eastern black and white Colobus monkey, was losing his sight around January of 2013. It started off with one of the keepers realizing that his eyes were a little cloudy. Then we noticed that he was […]

Attwater’s prairie chicks are here!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Behind the Scenes,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

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The Houston Zoo has already hatched 209 Attwater’s prairie chicks this Spring! All of these guys have made it through to the next stage of their lives and will stay with us here at the Zoo until they are ready for release as strong juveniles into the wild! Attwater’s prairie chickens are vanishing from the coastal […]

Bug House Now Open

Posted by in Animal Updates,Bugs,Insects,Zoo News

Bug House Now Open

The Bug House is open! Excuse our excitement, but this is a bug big deal!   Our Bug House is a brand new exhibit that is solely dedicated to showcasing bugs and why they are so important to our ecosystem. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the colorful beetles, centipedes, millipedes, stick insects, […]

Ring-Tailed Lemur Twins Starting to Venture Off of Mom

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Ring-Tailed Lemur Twins Starting to Venture Off of Mom

The ring-tailed lemur twins born on March 25th are growing up fast, and are even starting to get off mama and play with each other. Play is a rehearsal for what they need to do in their adult life, so wrestling is for learning combat skills and running around after each other is good practice […]

Mac the Chimpanzee Passes Away

Posted by in Animal Updates,Zoo News


It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that the Houston Zoo announces the passing of Mac, one of our beloved chimpanzees. On Tuesday, May 13, Mac and 2 members of the Houston Zoo’s chimpanzee family were sedated for their regularly scheduled veterinary medical examinations. The sedation and the exams proceeded normally. […]

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