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Houston Zoo Introduces Newest Member: Baby Masai Giraffe, Asali

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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.”

Founded in 1922, the Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving more than 1.8 million guests annually. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. Visitors can experience the wonders of Africa at The African Forest, the new 6.5 acre, $40 million addition featuring chimps, rhinos, and giraffes.

The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in the beautiful Hermann Park. The Zoo is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM during Central Standard Time (last admission at 5 PM) and from 9 AM until 7 PM during Central Daylight Time (last admission at 6 PM). For information on all the great benefits of becoming a Houston Zoo Member, call (713) 533-6713 or visit HoustonZoo.org.