Help Name the Houston Zoo’s Newest Baby Giraffe

July 20, 2012

The Houston Zoo is holding an online naming contest for its newest Masai giraffe.

Mom Tyra delivered the healthy male calf shortly before 8 p.m. on July 14 at the McGovern Giraffe Exhibit at The African Forest following a 14 month pregnancy.

“Tyra went into labor at approximately 4:50 p.m. on Saturday July 14 and delivered her baby boy at 7:48 p.m.,” said Houston Zoo Hoofed Stock Supervisor John Register.  The calf was standing on his own and nursing by 8:27 p.m.

Visit the Zoo online at to cast your vote for your favorite choice from the list of names chosen by the Zoo’s giraffe keepers.

“The calf weighs 73 kilos, about 160 pounds and is over 74 inches tall. He’s a strong healthy baby,” said Register.  This is 14 year old Tyra’s seventh calf.  The proud “first time” father, Mtembei is 5 years old.  With this new arrival, the Houston Zoo’s herd of Masai giraffe has grown to eight, including five males and three females.

While Masai giraffes are not threatened or endangered in their native habitat, there are 92 Masai giraffes living in 24 North American zoos. Giraffes are the tallest living terrestrial animal.  The average male is about 17 feet tall and can weigh 3,000 pounds, while an average female is over 14 feet tall.  On average, Masai giraffes weigh between 125 and 150 pounds at birth and stand approximately 6 feet tall.

The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in Hermann Park.  The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Central Standard Time (last admission at 5 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. during Central Daylight Time (last admission at 6 p.m.).  The Zoo is closed Christmas Day.  Regular admission is $12 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $8 for children ages 2-11 and FREE for children under 2.  Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult Zoo admission for $10 and a child Zoo admission for $7.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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