Stories in the ‘Births and Arrivals’ Category

The Life and Times of Opie the Goeldi’s Monkey

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Primates,Zoo News


Written by Amy Berting & Nathan Fox Once upon a time at the Houston Zoo, there was a boy Goeldi’s monkey named Andy, and he met this beautiful girl Goeldi’s monkey named Peach. They quickly became inseparable, and through hard times and good times they were the ideal couple. They had so many adventures at the zoo […]

Gorillas Explore Their Habitat

Posted by in African Forest,Births and Arrivals,Gorillas,Mammals,New Exhibits and Renovations,Primates,Zoo News

Gorillas Explore Their Habitat

Four of the seven western lowland gorillas making their home at the Houston Zoo had access to explore the main habitat yard for the first time today, April 8. The family group spent time closely examining the entire area, from climbing a specially-designed felled cement tree to collecting all the treats the keepers spread throughout. […]

Houston Zoo Prepares to Welcome New Gorillas

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Seven western lowland gorillas will soon arrive in Houston in preparation for the grand opening of the new gorilla habitat at the Houston Zoo, opening Memorial Day weekend.  The intricately designed space will hold two groups of western lowland gorillas who will spend their days alternating between an outdoor habitat filled with lush landscape that […]

A Baby Mandrill Is Only Part of Our Primate Baby Boom

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A Baby Mandrill Is Only Part of Our Primate Baby Boom

November has been a big month for the primate team at the Houston Zoo. Three brand new babies were born during the course of one month, including a rare mandrill.  At 2 a.m. on November 29 the hugely pregnant mandrill Louise delivered a baby. Mandrills are known for their striking facial features including blue-colored ridges […]

Learn More About Our Newest Baby Bongo

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This post was written by Kendall Thawley & Mary Fields. The Houston Zoo is proud to introduce the newest member of our bongo herd! Sheldon was born on November 2, 2014 in the late afternoon. He is Penny’s third calf, her second son. This wonderful addition brings our bongo herd up to 3. We are […]

More New Babies at the Houston Zoo!

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Baby De Brazza

Adorable baby okapi not enough cuteness for you? Never fear, more Zoo babies are here! These little ones were born recently at the Houston Zoo. We hope you have a chance to come out and visit them soon! This year, we had not one, but two baby De Brazza’s monkeys! A baby was born in […]

Baby Okapi Born at the Zoo!

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Baby Okapi Born at the Zoo!

What looks like a zebra, but is related to giraffe? Okapi! The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a baby okapi.  The yet-to-be-named male calf was born on November 6 and has been thriving under the care of his mother, Tulia.The pair will continue to bond behind the scenes for the next […]

The Birth of a Baby Giraffe Helps Us Grow by 6 Feet!

Posted by in African Forest,Births and Arrivals,Giraffes,Mammals


We’re all smiles and happy to announce the birth of another Masai giraffe! Neema delivered the healthy female calf shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat at The African Forest following a 14-month pregnancy. “After a very short labor, Neema delivered her baby girl at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, August 3,” said Houston […]

Baby De Brazza’s Monkey Makes First Appearance!

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New baby

There are 91 De Brazza’s Monkeys at 31 zoos in the North American Species Survival Plan (SSP) managed population. Of all those, we believe we have one of the cutest individuals, in the form of the baby that was born on the last day of 2013. It has been fascinating to watch this kid’s development […]

A New Anole

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Births and Arrivals,Reptiles,Zoo News


Written by Monty Criswell The Hispaniolan Giant Anole (Anolis ricordi) is a large anole that inhabits the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which comprises the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  It is thought to be widespread throughout the island; however, the species has not yet been evaluated by the IUCN.  This anole is considered […]

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