Houston Zoo

Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

The sweetest little Father’s Day present is here! Less than a year after Houston welcomed Asian elephant calf Joy, a new kid is on the block. June 17 at 2:38 a.m., 35-year-old Asian elephant Tess gave birth to a 345-pound female without complication, and the calf began learning how to nurse within the first few hours. The calf has been named Tilly by the team members who have dedicated their lives to the care, well-being, and conservation of these incredible animals.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo has made a HUGE Mother’s Day announcement May 11 – Asian elephant Tess is pregnant, and after a two-year gestation, the 35-year-old Asian elephant will give birth this summer.

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A newborn red river hog has made his debut at the Houston Zoo. The tiny hoglet was born April 9 to first-time mother Vidalia. The red river hogs at the Houston Zoo share a habitat with two troops of western lowland gorillas in the Gorillas of the African Forest, which opened in 2015. Though gorillas and red river hogs share the same forest lands in Africa, this is truly a unique experience as you won’t see them together in a shared habitat in any other zoo.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner feeding a Galapagos Tortoise

In 2022, the Houston Zoo will celebrate its 100th anniversary by completing the most dramatic transformation in its history. April 5, 2018,the zoo launched its $150 million centennial fundraising campaign and unveiled plans for several new multi-species habitats during an event at the zoo’s historic Reflection Pool.

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Summer vacation just got wild! Public registration begins Monday, Feb. 26 for Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo. Camp Zoofari is a summer camp experience for children ages 4 through 16 (and now adults, too!) that features fun and educational activities with animals at the center of it all. Running June 4 through August 17, Camp Zoofari offers an exciting lineup of programs that have been specially created to connect children to animals to inspire a life-long love of wildlife.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

This morning, the Houston Zoo humanely euthanized its male, 20-year-old jaguar, Kan Balam.  Due to the tremendous care provided to him by his keepers and the Houston Zoo veterinary team, Kan Balam lived well beyond his expected lifespan. Jaguars expected lifespan in the wild is between 12-15 years.

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green mantella froglet

Eleven green mantella froglets completed their transformation into frogs from tadpoles just after the new year at the Houston Zoo. These tiny frogs are smaller than dice and gain their green moniker as they mature. Native to the island of Madagascar, guests to the Houston Zoo can spy these tiny endangered froglets in the Reptile and Amphibian House and are saving them in the wild through their visit.

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The Houston Zoo is on Santa’s nice list for the 95th year! The big guy came early to the Houston Zoo and delivered an even bigger guy – a 400-pound male lion, the zoo announced Tuesday, Dec. 12. Guests can see three-year-old Hasani most mornings in the lion habitat. While he's currently getting to know the three lionesses, they'll be alternating time in the yard until they are all better acquainted.

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Jaguar photo by Stephanie Adams

The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut Thursday, Nov. 9. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in 12 years. The jaguar range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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Zoo Lights

It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit, and even the critters at the Houston Zoo are ready to partake in the Holiday festivities with the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. See more than 2 million sparkling LED lights, twinkling replicas of zoo animals, the return of Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, and a 33-foot-tall, glittering Christmas tree beginning Nov. 18 and running through through Jan. 14, 2018.

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