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Giraffe Born at the Houston Zoo  

http://www.houstonzoo.org The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a female Masai giraffe, the first birth in The African Forest, the Zoo's newest addition which opened on December 10, 2010. There's more info and photos on our website at http://www.houstonzoo.org/baby-giraffe/ The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a female Masai giraffe, the Mom Tyra delivered the healthy female calf shortly after 5 p.m. on March 4 at the McGovern Giraffe Exhibit at The African Forest following a 14 month pregnancy. "Tyra went into labor at approximately 3:15 p.m. yesterday and delivered her baby 5:15 p.m.," said Houston Zoo Hoofed Stock Supervisor Laurie McGivern. The as yet unnamed calf was standing on her own and nursing by 6:15 p.m. "The calf weighs 150 pounds and is 6 foot 6 inches tall. She's a strong healthy baby," said McGivern. This is 12 year old Tyra's sixth calf. Kiva, the father is 15 years old. With this new arrival, the Houston Zoo's herd of Masai giraffe has grown to 8, including 5 males and 3 females. While Masai giraffes are not threatened or endangered in their native habitat, there are 92 Masai giraffes living in 24 North American zoos. Giraffes are the tallest living terrestrial animal. The average male is about 17 feet tall and can weigh 3,000 pounds, while an average female is over 14 feet tall. On average, Masai giraffes weigh between 125 and 150 pounds at birth and stand approximately 6 feet tall.

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