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34-year-old Western lowland gorilla Zuri

The Houston Zoo is mourning the loss of 34-year-old Western lowland gorilla, Zuri. The elderly gorilla was under treatment for severe gastrointestinal disease for the past few months, and after a full assessment of his quality of life, and the worsening of his disease despite treatment, the gorilla team and the veterinarians made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the nearly 400-pound ape, the zoo announced April 21.

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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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Fitz and Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20.

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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The story is told of a zoo that was noted for their great collection of different animals. One day the gorilla died, and to keep up the appearance of a full range of animals, the zookeeper hired a man to wear a gorilla suit and fill in for the dead animal. 

It was his first day on the job, and the man didn’t know how to act like a gorilla very well. As he tried to move convincingly, he got too close to the wall of the enclosure and tripped and fell into the lion exhibit.

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Borneo pygmy elephant (www.worldwildlife.org)

Three U.S. zoos announced a new agreement Jan. 21, 2016, with Borneo-based wildlife organizations to protect the endangered Borneo pygmy elephant. The first partnership of its kind, the effort will provide support for solutions to the frequent and sometimes deadly conflicts between people and elephants on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo.

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