A first at the African Forest
There's a new giraffe in town: Can you suggest a name?
There's a new addition to the Houston Zoo.
Officials announced that the birth of a female Masai giraffe took place late Friday afternoon at the zoo's new African Forest. The giraffe, which has not been named, weighs 150 pounds and is more than 6 feet tall.
After a two-hour labor, the mom, Tyra, who has been pregnant for 14 months, delivered the healthy baby giraffe at 5:15 p.m. An hour later the young giraffe was standing on her own and nursing.
"She's a strong healthy baby," Houston Zoo hoofed stock supervisor Laurie McGivern said in a statement.
The new baby giraffe is the first to be born at the African Forest, the 6.5 acre, $40 million addition to the zoo featuring chimps, rhinos, and giraffes. The new area opened in December.
This is the sixth calf for the 12-year-old mother, Tyra. The father, Kiva, is 15. The new calf boosts the herd of Masai giraffes at the zoo to eight (five males and three females).
The new giraffe can be viewed in the zoo barn community room, near the Wildlife Carousel, on Sunday. As the rest of the herd gets acclimated to the new calf, she will be available for view in the exhibit yard, hopefully in the next few days. Check the zoo website, www.houstonzoo.org, for updates.
Can you think of a good name for the new calf? We will forward all suggestions to zoo officials.