Stories in the ‘Births and Arrivals’ Category

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


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!

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Primates,Zoo News

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,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 […]

Clouded Leopard Cubs Born at the Zoo!

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Carnivores,Endangered Species,Featured Creatures,Zoo News

Clouded Leopard Cubs

Friday, June 6 was an exciting day at the Houston Zoo as we welcomed two clouded leopard cubs to our family. The unnamed male cubs were born after an unassisted, one-hour labor.  After a healthy proclamation by our chief veterinarian, zookeepers began steps to hand-raise the cubs.  The cubs began successfully nursing from a bottle […]

Not Your Usual Box Turtle

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Reptiles,Zoo News


There is a turtle in the state of Coahuila, Mexico that doesn’t act like a regular box turtle.  This turtle is semi- aquatic.  It has the handy dandy hinges so that it can close itself up for protection but it spends at least as much time in the water as it does on land.  This […]

Wombats: Coming to the Zoo this Summer!

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,New Exhibits and Renovations

This is what a wombat looks like!

This summer, not only will we be featuring giant bugs and opening an all new Bug House, but there will also be a new mammal making its debut at the Houston Zoo: the wombat! The wombat hails from Australia, and there are 3 types: the northern hairy-nosed, the southern hairy-nosed, and the common wombat. The Houston […]

New Zoo Baby: Fantastic Leaf Tailed Gecko

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Baby fantastic leaf-tailed gecko

Leaf tailed geckos are a group of super cool lizards who are masters of camouflage.  They mimic dead leaves and twigs.  Their little legs look like tiny branches and their tails look just like dead leaves, all the way down to having veins and raggedy edges.  We are often hard pressed to find them in […]

It’s A Boy! – Baby Elephant Born Overnight at the Zoo

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Elephants,Mammals,Zoo News

baby ele1

After a pregnancy lasting almost 23 months, Shanti, a 24 year old Asian elephant delivered a healthy 385 pound male calf shortly after 2:00 a.m. today at the Houston Zoo’s McNair Asian Elephant Habitat. “The elephant keepers have named the calf Duncan,” said Houston Zoo Large Mammal Curator Daryl Hoffman.  “They like the way it […]

Baby Giraffe at the Houston Zoo!

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Giraffes,Zoo News

140204 - Baby Giraffe

We are proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe. Mom Tyra delivered the healthy male calf shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat at The African Forest following a 14 month pregnancy. “Tyra went into labor at approximately 10:45 AM on Tuesday, February 4 and delivered her baby […]

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