Baby Giraffe at the Houston Zoo!

We are proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe. Mom Tyra delivered the healthy male calf shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat at The African Forest following a 14 month pregnancy.
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“Tyra went into labor at approximately 10:45 AM on Tuesday, February 4 and delivered her baby boy at 12:49 p.m.,” said Houston Zoo Giraffe Senior Keeper Kim Siegl.  “The calf was standing on his own by 1:17 p.m. and was nursing by 1:57 p.m.,” added Siegl.

140204 - Baby Giraffe“The calf weighs 165 pounds and is 6 and a half feet tall. He’s a big healthy boy,” said Siegl.  This is 15 year old Tyra’s eighth calf.  The proud father, Mtembei is 6 years old.  With this new arrival, the Houston Zoo’s herd of Masai giraffe has grown to 9, including 5 males and 3 females.

The giraffe keepers who cared for Tyra during her pregnancy and were present for the birth will have the honor of naming the newest addition to the Houston Zoo’s giraffe herd.

Giraffe numbers in the wild appear to have plummeted by 40% over the last decade. There are currently slightly over 100 Masai giraffe living in 28 North American zoos according to the statistics available from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Giraffes are the tallest living terrestrial animal.  The average male is about 17 feet tall and can weigh 3,000 pounds, while an average female is over 14 feet tall.  On average, Masai giraffes typically weigh between 125 and 150 pounds at birth and stand approximately 6 feet tall.

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Lucia LermaClarisa Reyes look there's a baby giraffe at the zoo!!!

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Eileen PetreI want to work at the Houston Zoo!

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Alicia DodsonThey all love the baby

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Katie WillShe is soooo cute!!!! Can't wait to come see her!!!

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Danielle Abshire DeesOMG!! You know I love giraffes....

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Amy McDowellShe is so very wee! I love her!

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Chip Byas-OrtegaJoin the Zoo today! LOVe being a member for animals like GiGi!

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Emma PenningtonCongrats Houston Zoo!

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Sarah Hay TravisI'm in love! Congrats to the herd & the zoo! ❤️

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Renee Bentley BralyOmgee!!!!!! Can't stand the cuteness!!! Lauren Braly Emily Braly we have to ho see her!!

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Rubi FabianSuch a cutieee !!! ☺️☺️ my love for giraffes !! 💘

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Emilee MayberrySo cute!! :) Giraffes always looking like they're running in slow motion! :)

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Rosa WadsworthSo cute! Ya'll make sure all the dangers are taken care of! We don't want our little one to slip and hurt herself!

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Debby Scarborough WendtI can't wait to see Gigi!!!

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Yanique LeshaeI want one

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Erin Elena Mendoza-ChapmanShe's so widdle, barely taller than me...at birth.

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Bonnibelle Benavidez MendezHow sweet!!

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Our beautiful baby giraffe has been named Gigi and enjoyed meeting the rest of the herd this morning. If you can't make it out to see Gigi, tune into our webcams to watch the giraffes live!
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Our beautiful baby giraffe has been named Gigi and enjoyed meeting the rest of the herd this morning. If you can't make it out to see Gigi, tune into our webcams to watch the giraffes live!

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David JacksonThis should be sold as a poster

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Susan Labossiere DraperPerfect shot! Kudos to the photographer.

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Erica J. UnderferthOh my gosh the way they are loving on her. So sweet

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Marla Huseman GraceAbsolutely precious!

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Debby Scarborough Wendtcircle of love

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Andrea Foreman PendergraffThis photo is phenomenally sweet!

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Charity Denee EinkaufJames last weekend in September?

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Tanya B Drewthis is precious!!!!

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Kristina RuhlThis photo needs to be framed and sold at the zoo! So sweet!

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Summer MolinaOH MY GOODNESS THIS PICTURE IS SO PRECIOUS!!! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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Theresa ButkowskiOh my gosh! How precious this is! Such a wonderful, close family.

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Angey Saucier MurrayThis seriously is one of the cutest things EVER.

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Hilary Grizzaffi MorganPERFECT PICTURE!!!!!!

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Chelsea Fine WatkinsonThat's A LOT of love!

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