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The African Forest

Meet Some Animals of the African Forest
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Lulu
Neema
Jack
Henrietta

About the African Forest

Your adventure begins as you enter the African Forest, trekking down a path that emerges into a village trading outpost. You explore the small, round huts that surround a fire pit. As you wind your way into the forest, drums pound in the distance, and you find an indoor chimpanzee study site with a huge glass wall for observation. The chimps enjoy watching you as much as you study them. As you depart, you walk through a rocky tunnel, and a clearing suddenly emerges. You see white rhino relaxing in the sun while kudu stand nearby. As you walk further, your stomach rumbles, and luckily, there’s a restaurant just around the corner. As you eat, you observe elegant Masai giraffes, zebra, and ostriches.

Behind the Scenes

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Meet Ashley
Ashley graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. She has been with the Houston Zoo’s Hoofed Stock team since 2009.

 

Meet John
John is a Ranger at the Houston Zoo. Look for John and other Rangers (the ones dressed in red) at the giraffe feeding platform daily.

 

Meet Kim
Kim has been a Hoofed Stock keeper at Houston Zoo for almost 6 years, but has been a zookeeper for 10.

 

 

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African Forest Fun Facts

• The word rhinoceros comes from the Greek rhino (nose) and ceros (horn).

• Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same material that makes up your hair and fingernails.

• The scientific name of the giraffe is ‘Camelopardalis’. The etymology of this name can be traced to a belief that a giraffe was a cross between a camel (height) and a leopard (coat pattern).

• A male giraffe is called a bull, a female is called a cow, and a baby giraffe is called a calf.

Did You Know?


The Giraffe’s legs are much longer than human legs, reaching to almost 6 feet tall!