Stories in the ‘Elephants’ Category

Sabgina’s Updates: The Asian Elephants at the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Elephants,Mammals,Zoo News

sabinga elephant

Elephants are the largest mammals on the land. Two species are traditionally recognized, African elephants and Asian elephants. They are slightly different; African elephants have large ears shaped similar to the continent of Africa while Asian elephants have small and rounded ears. African elephants are taller with a shoulder height between 9-13 feet while Asian […]

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 […]

New Houston Zoo Intern Joins us From Kenya!

Posted by in Conservation News,Elephants,Global Conservation,Zoo News

Sabinga, a native Kenyan and employee of Save the Elephants joins the Houston Zoo intern family!

The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Sabinga is in the United States 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 Virginia Community College […]

Help Save Elephants in the Wild!

Posted by in Conservation News,Elephants

Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo

Post by Lauren St. Pierre Calling all elephant enthusiasts! Did you know elephant population numbers are rapidly declining in the wild? Do you know there are ways YOU can help protect these magnificent animals in the wild? You can start by joining the more than one hundred Zoos and thousands of individuals across the country […]

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 […]

Sign on to protect Elephants

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Elephants,Field Research,Global Conservation,Mammals,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News


Did you know you can still buy ivory legally in the United States? Unfortunately it’s true, and the sale and demand of ivory is causing the African elephant population to drop at an alarming rate every single day. Here at the Houston Zoo, we are committed to protecting animals outside of our zoo gates, and […]

Baby Elephant Birthwatch!

Posted by in Elephants,Mammals

Shanti and her previous calf, Baylor. She sure is "showing!"

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the birth of an Asian elephant at the Zoo for many months now – Shanti, one of our resident elephants, is pregnant and expected to give birth soon. As part of the preparation process, we have trained a dedicated team of more than 75 volunteers to participate in an overnight Elephant […]

We’re Expecting! Preparing for an Asian Elephant Birth

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

Young elephants Baylor and Tupelo look forward to meeting the new addition to the elephant family.

We are preparing for a big delivery next year!  Following the back to back births of Asian elephant calves Baylor and Tupelo in 2010, we are making preparations for Shanti, a 23 year old Asian elephant to give birth in January, 2014. “The average gestation period for an Asian elephant is 22 months,” said Houston […]

We Can Save Elephants in Africa With Beehives? It’s the Bees’ Knees!

Posted by in Conservation News,Elephants,Global Conservation,Pollinators

Well done Mbumba and the Mbamba village beehive fence team. At least 3 of the 12 initial hives have already been colonized by bees, and possibly more soon. The community reports that 10 elephants ran away from the fence last week!

If I were to tell you that we use an Anatolian Shepherd (that is a really big dog, really big!) in front of our Cheetah exhibit to tell the story of how livestock owners in Africa use dogs to protect livestock and chase away cheetahs you would think, ok – that makes some sense. Chasing […]

Houston Zoo to Receive Federal Grant for Elephant Project

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Animal Updates,Elephants,Zoo News


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation.  The Houston Zoo is receiving one of the 244 awards through the agency’s grant programs.  The Zoo is receiving $459,147 through the National Leadership Grants for Museums program for a project to support the Zoo’s research […]

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