Stories in the ‘Giraffes’ Category

Happy Giraffe/Father’s Day

Posted by in Giraffes,Global Conservation,Zoo News


This post was written by Jessica Sigle. As many of you know, this Sunday is Father’s Day, but it’s also World Giraffe Day! The Houston Zoo would like to invite you, and your fathers, to come celebrate World Giraffe Day with our giraffe dad, Mtembei. Mtembei is a Masai giraffe and a proud father to […]

Guest Blogger Carolyn Jess Talks Giraffes

Posted by in Giraffes,Global Conservation,Guest Blogger Series,Mammals

We have invited Carolyn Jess back to help us out as guest blogger in 2013 with a focus on native wildlife. Jess is a 13 year old student who has agreed to be our special guest blogger about wildlife conservation. We first met Carolyn in October 2011 when she came out to the Zoo to […]

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 […]

Celebrate World Giraffe Day at the Zoo

Posted by in Giraffes,Global Conservation,Zoo News

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Written by Kendall Thawley The Houston Zoo is currently home to a family of nine Masai Giraffes. Few animals are as recognizable or as iconic as the Giraffe. Their impressive height makes them hard to mistake, even from a distance. This quintessential African species is loved worldwide for their beauty and grace. It is currently […]

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 […]

Giraffe Calf, Yao, Loses Valiant Battle Against Bone Infection

Posted by in African Forest,Animal Updates,Giraffes

Following an aggressive course of treatment since mid-March, it is with a deep sense of loss and profound sadness that the Houston Zoo reports that Yao, a 7 week old Masai giraffe calf has lost a valiant battle against a life threatening bone infection. This morning, Yao was sedated and Dr. Wyatt Winchell, an equine […]

A House Call for Yao

Posted by in African Forest,Giraffes

  Equine orthopedic specialist Dr. Wyatt Winchell of Brazos Valley Equine Hospital paid a house call at the Houston Zoo on Tuesday morning, checking up on Yao, the Zoo’s month old Masai giraffe who is battling a life threatening bone infection. Assisted by the Zoo’s giraffe care team led by supervisor John Register, Yao was […]

New Baby Giraffe Born!

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Giraffes

Our newest and tallest addition, a male Masai giraffe will make his public debut this Saturday, March 2, with his mother at The African Forest giraffe exhibit.  Mom Neema delivered the healthy male calf at approximately 7:10 a.m. on Monday February 25 at the McGovern Giraffe Exhibit following a 14 month pregnancy. “The calf weighs […]

Look Who is Trading in The Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in African Forest,Feeding Our Animals,Giraffes,Just for Kids,Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Meet Hailey Wolfe, self proclaimed Naturalist and Budding Zoologist.  Hailey recently brought in an excellent nature journal to trade titled “The Pros and Cons of Being a Giraffe”. Hailey is quite the gifted writer and created a journal that reads like a storyteller’s tale.  She begins with a description of feeding the giraffes here at the […]

The Zebras Move in with the Giraffes

Posted by in African Forest,Animal Updates,Giraffes

The Houston Zoo has something new in the African Forest – zebra! Our two zebra, Charlie and Image, are joining the giraffe and ostriches in their yard. Monday morning Charlie was introduced to the ostrich and giraffe, and soon Image will join them. These two zebra have been with the Houston Zoo for many years, […]

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