This exhibit is divided into two areas within the Zoo: west and east. At west Hoofed Run, you will see several species of African animals in two exhibits, including giant eland with their huge, twisted horns, warthogs, lowland Nyala, and even marabou storks to keep the hoofed animals company. Over on east Hoofed Run, bongo, yellow-backed duikers, and okapi make up a large part of this cast of characters. If you’ve never seen an okapi, make it a “must see” when you visit – it’s a relative of the giraffe, but you might think it’s closer to a zebra when you see it! Cranes and ground hornbills also make their home on west Hoofed Run, keeping life interesting for the hoofed animals they live with.
Behind the Scenes
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.
Kim has been a Hoofed Stock keeper at Houston Zoo for almost 6 years, but has been a zookeeper for 10.
Meet Jessica Jessica loves being a member of the Hoofed Stock team and you can find her all over the Zoo, working in many of the exhibits with our hoofed animals.
Giant Eland Birth (2009)
Did You Know?
Even though they may appear fierce and aggressive, warthogs prefer to run away when threatened.
An ankole cattle steer named ”Lurch” set a world record for a horn circumference measuring 37.5 inches!