Happy Birthday to Mumbles the Rhino! He's Three Years Old

Not only is it Cinco de Rhino today, but it is also a very important birthday! Today is the 3rd birthday of our White Rhino, Mumbles! Mumbles is the largest of our three rhinos weighing at 2,300 pounds. Surprisingly he’s not fully grown just yet! White rhinos can tip the scales at 4,000 pounds so Mumbles still has some growing to do. But since he’s still young, we decided the best way to celebrate would be to throw a rhino birthday party!

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From left to right, Indy, George, and Mumbles.

How exactly do you celebrate a rhino birthday? Well, since it’s also Cinco de Rhino, we decided to throw a fiesta! There is a festive colored piñata filled with alfalfa cubes (a white rhino’s favorite treat). This paper Mache piñata obviously isn’t pretty after a rhino birthday celebration. Instead of breaking open the piñata with a stick, these fun rhinos used their horns!

Not only is there a piñata, but there’s also a rhino cake! Well, not really. It’s more of an ice Popsicle cake provided by the Houston Zoo Animal Nutrition Department made just for our rhinos. Our Animal Nutrition Department made the ice pop with fun colors, and they even carved the carrots to look like candles! Mumbles and his brothers, George and Indy, think this Popsicle cake is more fun to push around and crush, rather than eat it.

Join us in wishing a big Happy Birthday to our sweet Mumbles!

Houston Zoo Welcomes Baby Nyala

On Wednesday April 3, at 3:55 pm, our 4 ½ year old Nyala antelope named Ginger went into labor at the Houston Zoo.  By 4:02, the healthy baby boy had already kicked his way out of his mom and onto the ground, making this one of the fastest deliveries seen in this area.  The baby was very quick to get on his feet and to begin nursing and even to start exploring his new world.

This is the second birth for mom Ginger and for dad Niles.  Their first offspring was born July 14th 2012, a boy named Cashew.  Cashew is also a very healthy boy.

The new baby has yet to be named, but he is now spending afternoons in the newly constructed west hoof run exhibit at the Houston Zoo with the entire Nyala antelope family.  Please stop by the new west hoof run exhibit to see our newest addition to the family.

A word of caution though, Nyala antelope like to “stash” their babies so that predators in the wild would not find them.  So if you don’t see him running around chasing his bigger brother, then you may have to look deep into some of the foliage we have in the exhibit for a glimpse of him.

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Brrrr. It’s cold out there! We have made the decision to close the Houston Zoo tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 17. Don’t worry, the animals are safe and warm in their night houses!

A limited number of staff from departments like Animal Programs, Safety and Security and Operations/Facilities will be onsite to perform essential services and have the Zoo ready for us to reopen Thursday morning.

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