We’re all smiles and happy to announce the birth of another Masai giraffe! Neema delivered the healthy female calf shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat at The African Forest following a 14-month pregnancy.
“After a very short labor, Neema delivered her baby girl at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, August 3,” said Houston Zoo Hoofed Stock Supervisor, John Register. “The calf was standing on her own and nursing shortly after,” added Register. The calf weighs 132 pounds and is six feet tall.
With this new arrival, our herd of Masai giraffe has grown to 10, including six males and four females. Mom, Neema, and father, Mtembei (Ma-tim-bay), are both seven years old. The new baby will be closely monitored by the keeper team and veterinary staff to ensure she continues to grow healthy and strong.
The giraffe keepers who cared for Neema during her pregnancy will have the honor of naming the newest addition to the giraffe herd. We’ll be sure to let everyone know once a name is picked.