June 21, 2015

140204 - Baby GiraffeThis Sunday, June 21, the Houston Zoo will celebrate World Giraffe Day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. near the giraffe barn. Festivities will include crafts, opportunities to meet the giraffe keepers, a special giraffe-themed photo booth, the chance to purchase giraffe paintings, and more.

This is the second annual celebration of World Giraffe Day. The mission of the day is to spread awareness of the declining population and lack of research on giraffes in the wild. Giraffe populations in the wild have declined 40% within the last 15 years and are no longer found in seven countries. World Giraffe Day is celebrated at zoos around the world, including the Houston Zoo.

This year’s World Giraffe Day events will include children’s crafts, a touch-table, giraffe-themed photo booth, giraffe keeper chats, and giraffe paintings and merchandise for sale. All donations collected will go to support the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Since this event also falls on Father’s Day, the giraffe team will also highlight the herd’s proud papa, Mtembei. The eight-year-old bull Masai giraffe is father to the zoo’s three youngest giraffes; Ghubari (3 years old), Baridi (1), and Kamili (10 months). Mtembei stands out from the herd with his dark coloration and is a frequent participant in the daily giraffe feeding events.

 About the Houston Zoo

Founded in 1922 and operated by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, the provision of engaging educational opportunities and the creation of stimulating exhibits that broaden the experiences of our guests and encourage their curiosity. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species.  The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in beautiful Hermann Park.  The Zoo is open daily at 9 a.m. and closed Christmas Day. www.HoustonZoo.org

The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  With 222 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.