A baby boom at the Fort Worth Zoo

Plan a trip to see the littlest new additions at the zoo.


The zoo welcomed newest western lowland gorilla in November. | Photo courtesy of the Fort Worth Zoo

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Oh baby, the No. 7 nationally ranked Fort Worth Zoo is experiencing a baby boom. Over the past year or so, the zoo celebrated the birth of everything from giraffes to endangered elephants and flamingos.

Here’s a look at the littlest, new additions.

Lesser Flamingos 🦩

In February, 17 lesser flamingo chicks hatched at the zoo. Born a fluffy white or gray, the chicks will get the characteristic pink plumage by age 3 or 4. The Fort Worth Zoo boasts the most successful lesser flamingo breeding program in the world, with the hatching of 382 chicks (so far) since the program began in 2002.

  • Habitat: Museum of Living Art (MOLA) and next door to the southern black rhino in the African Savanna.
  • On display: The chicks are being housed behind-the-scenes where they are receiving around-the-clock feedings and care from keepers and their parents.

Asian Elephants 🐘

Last week, the zoo welcomed its fifth male Asian elephant calf, standing 37 inches tall and weighing 270 lbs. Named Travis, the baby boy was born to first-time mom, 9.5-year-old Belle and 30-year-old Romeo.

  • Habitat: Elephant Springs
  • On display: He is spending time bonding in behind-the-scenes areas of the elephant habitat.

Brazos is the half-brother to the newest bundle of joy and celebrated his first birthday in October. He was born to parents Bluebonnet and Romeo and now stands 5-ft-tall and weighs nearly 1,500 lbs.

Western Lowland Gorilla 🦍

The zoo welcomed the birth of its second-ever western lowland gorilla in November. Bruno was born to parents Gracie and Elmo, weighing 4-5 lbs and is Gus’s little brother. He is now learning how to stand with his mom’s help.

Giraffes 🦒

Two male giraffe calves, named Sherlock and Watson, were born in October and November last year. Sherlock measured 5 ft 10 inches tall and Watson stood 6 ft 3 inches tall at birth. The boys join Pele, who was born a few months earlier in June, to mom Acacia.

The zoo is currently open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grab your tickets.

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