Stories in the ‘Mammals’ Category

Spotlight on Species – Tyra, the Masai Giraffe

Posted by in Animal Updates,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Zoo News

Tyra with calf, Hasani

This post was written by Kendall Thawley. Soon, The Houston Zoo will be celebrating World Giraffe Day with a Spotlight on Species for Giraffes. For just a moment, though, we’d like to shine the spotlight on one of our resident Masai giraffe, Tyra. Although her overall disposition is quite sweet and calm with her keepers, […]

Year of the Goat- Featuring Raisin Bran and Bailey

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Zoo News

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In honor of the Chinese animal zodiac, we’re celebrating the Year of the Goat! We have over 20 different goats representing 5 different breeds. In addition to their different colors, shapes, and sizes, all of our goats also express individual preferences and personalities! To highlight our goats individual ‘flair’, we’ve decided to feature a different goat each month and share what […]

There’s a New Member of the Gerenuk Herd

Posted by in African Forest,Births and Arrivals,Mammals,Zoo News

Josie Gerenuk

On April 30 the Hoofstock team at the Houston Zoo welcomed its newest member to our Gerenuk herd. Josie (a first time mom) delivered a healthy baby boy around mid-day. Forty-five minutes later, the calf was already on his feet and nursing. “Julius” is already showing his personality as a strong, spunky little calf who […]

Snaring is Not Only an Exotic Problem

Posted by in African Forest,Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Texas Conservation

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Several times during the year, you can find Houston Zoo staff scouring the beaches of Galveston. All too often, trash, especially plastic products, is improperly disposed of and ends up in our waterways and the surrounding areas. What many people do not know is that these items can prove deadly to local wildlife. Plastics can […]

Happy Birthday Willie!!!

Posted by in African Forest,Animal Care & Enrichment,Animal Updates,Chimpanzees,Mammals,Primates,Zoo News

The Houston Zoo is wishing chimpanzee Willie a very Happy Birthday! Over the past five years, since the opening of the chimpanzee exhibit in 2010, we have watched as Willie has grown from a playful juvenile chimpanzee to a mature adult chimpanzee. During this past year, he has risen in rank to become the dominant […]

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

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

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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 […]

The Life and Times of Opie the Goeldi’s Monkey

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

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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

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. […]

An Update on Okapi Baby, Miraq

Posted by in Animal Updates,Mammals,Zoo News

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Miráq, our first baby Okapi at the Houston Zoo, is now about 3 months old. Miráq only weighed 40 pounds when he was first born. Now Miráq is weighing in at 195 pounds. It is typical that Okapi calves will nearly triple in size by the end of their first 2 months. Miráq will be […]

Year of the Goat – Featuring Elsa

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Mammals,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

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In honor of the Chinese animal zodiac, we’re celebrating the Year of the Goat! We have over 20 different goats representing 5 different breeds. In addition to their different colors, shapes, and sizes, all of our goats also express individual preferences and personalities! To highlight our goats individual ‘flair’, we’ve decided to feature a different goat each month and share what […]

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