Year of the Goat – Featuring Han Solo

With so many animals here at the Houston Zoo, it can be difficult to come up with unique names. Those of you who read the blog last month learned that we named April’s goat after Easter candy.  May’s goat of the month is named not for food but for a famous character in a movie. Star Wars fans will immediately recognize Han Solo as one of the most charming adventurers to ever pilot a spacecraft.  Here in the Children’s Zoo Han Solo is one of the most charming goats to ever jump onto a bench.


Han Solo is a tall, sleek, Alpine goat with bright eyes and black points on his coat. Like many of the other goats in the Children’s Zoo, Han Solo is a twin. His twin brother is also named after a Star Wars character. Han Solo’s twin has longer hair, making him the shaggier version of the two.  It seemed only fitting that he be dubbed ‘Chewbacca’ in honor of Han Solo’s shaggy, wookiee co-pilot in the movie.


Much like their namesakes in the movie, Han and Chewie can be a bit mischievous. Last winter the zookeepers in the Children’s Zoo just couldn’t figure out why the lights in the barn were on every morning.  Keepers would remind each other to turn them off and double check the switches before leaving each night. Even so, the barn would still be lit up brightly every morning. It wasn’t until a crafty keeper snuck up quietly and discovered the culprits were the goats themselves! Some of the goats were having fun playing with the cover over the light switches!


Han and Chewie were even captured on film helping each other lift up the cover to play with the light switches! You can see the video of these naughty goats in the video below. Come visit these troublemakers in the Contact Area and see if you can tell them apart!

In honor of the Chinese animal zodiac, we’re celebrating the Year of the Goat! We have over 20 different goats representing 5 different breeds. In addition to their different colors, shapes, and sizes, all of our goats also express individual preferences and personalities!

To highlight our goats individual ‘flair’, we’ve decided to feature a different goat each month and share what makes each one so unique and lovable!

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