The Houston Zoo proudly announced the birth of Asali, a female Masai giraffe. She is the first baby to be born in the Zoo’s new African Forest, which opened in December 2010.
Mom, Tyra, delivered her Asali just after 5 p.m. on March 4 at the McGovern Giraffe Exhibit at The African Forest following a long 14-month pregnancy. Asali is the eighth Masai giraffe in the zoo’s herd.
“The calf weighs 150 pounds and is over 6 feet tall. She’s a strong healthy baby,” said McGovern. “This is 12 year old Tyra’s sixth calf. Kiva, the father is 15 years old.”