Stories in the ‘Births and Arrivals’ Category

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

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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

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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 […]

First Blue-billed curassow born under controlled conditions!

Posted by in Birds,Births and Arrivals,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild

It looks like things are headed in the right direction as this week has seen the first Blue-billed curassow hatchling!

Wonderful news! The critically endangered Blue-billed curassow, which is native to South America, has been successfully born under controlled conditions! This bird has been losing habitat and is a victim of poaching, leading to still declining numbers in the low hundreds. The Houston Zoo in partnership with Colombian Zoos and wildlife organizations held an incubation […]

A Blonde Baby is Born!

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


In the Primate department, we are rarely surprised by a new baby. However, on New Year’s Eve Day, a keeper came in to discover a breathtakingly beautiful new baby: a De Brazza’s guenon. The keeper, Lucy Dee, was so astonished that she almost couldn’t believe what she was seeing: a golden blonde infant clinging to […]

New Kid on the Block – Another Baby Sifaka Is Born!

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

New mama and infant outside for the first time since birth - photo by Stephanie Adams

On the 13th of December another infant Coquerel’s sifaka made his appearance. We knew that mama Zenobia was pregnant again, but this baby was born earlier than any of her previous kids. This is her fourth baby, and she is really a pro at mothering by now.  Protective and affectionate, she washes her baby enthusiastically […]

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