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Babies, babies, and more babies! This June saw a massive baby boom throughout the Houston Zoo, with the biggest baby yet to come when later this summer, the zoo will welcome a 250-300-pound Asian elephant calf.

A California sea lion pup was born to first-time mother, Cali, on June 26 after a three-hour labor. The pup and Cali began to bond immediately, and nursing was spotted within hours. The sex of the pup has not yet been determined, and the mother and pup will spend a while behind the scenes strengthening their bond before they are ready to make their first public appearance.

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The 26-year-old Asian elephant Shanti undergoes an ultrasound at the Houston Zoo

Hope the storks have been working out, because a 250- to 300-pound bundle of joy is headed for the Houston Zoo. The 26-year-old Asian elephant Shanti is pregnant and will give birth this summer after a two-year gestation.

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Monday morning, April 24, brought the welcome arrival of a second baby giraffe in two weeks for the Houston Zoo herd. The female Masai giraffe was born at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24, to second-time mom Asali in the McGovern Giraffe Barn at the African Forest. As with her first-born, Gigi, Asali has been a cautious mother, and the keeper and veterinary teams are closely watching over the pair to ensure the calf is nursing well and the mother-calf bond is strong.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

Monday morning, April 24, brought the welcome arrival of a second baby giraffe in two weeks for the Houston Zoo herd. The female Masai giraffe was born at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24, to second-time mom Asali in the McGovern Giraffe Barn at the African Forest. As with her first-born, Gigi, Asali has been a cautious mother, and the keeper and veterinary teams are closely watching over the pair to ensure the calf is nursing well and the mother-calf bond is strong.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

A female Masai giraffe was born at 9:04 a.m. on Monday, April 10, in the McGovern Giraffe Barn at the Houston Zoo after a two-hour labor. And after a few days alone with her mother, Tyra, the yet-to-be-named calf made her public debut on Good Friday, April 14.

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Saturday, Feb. 4, the Houston Zoo welcomed the birth of a male Baird’s tapir. This is the first Baird’s tapir born at the Houston Zoo, and first baby for mother Moli and father Noah.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

Jan. 3 was moving day for three of the Houston Zoo’s male elephants. Thai, Tucker and Baylor have taken residence in the newest addition at the Houston Zoo, a 6,500-square-foot barn custom-built to house the bull elephants.

 

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Phoenix the Komodo dragon at 2 years old (Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo)

Phoenix the Komodo dragon is only two years old, but he’s already making a big impact on the Houston Zoo. As the world’s largest lizard, this five-pound Komodo dragon could one day reach up to 170 pounds, but right now the little guy is all about getting bigger.

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Orangutans not only share 98 percent of our DNA, but they are also treasured and beloved animals – and they need help in order to survive the decline.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

UPDATE: (Aug. 11, 2016) – The Houston Zoo’s baby sea lion has a name! The six-week-old female California sea lion has been named TJ by two of the zoo’s donors. Joe and Cathy Cleary won the honor of naming the pup at the zoo’s annual fundraising gala in April--Zoo Ball.

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