Snips, snails and puppy dog tails: Two more boys arrive at the Zoo
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Snips, snails and puppy dog tails: Two more boys arrive at the Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo announces births of two male reticulated giraffes

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth Zoo added two more giraffes to the herd, both males, on April 28 and May 23, 2015.

At birth, Willie weighed in at 121 pounds and measured 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Just a few weeks later, during a wild thunderstorm, Waylon was born, weighing 187 pounds and standing 6 feet, 1 inch tall. Yahoo Travel just named the Fort Worth Zoo the best zoo in Texas, so the two males were given strong Texas names. The giant Zoo babies are named after two of Texas’ music giants, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

The Fort Worth Zoo houses reticulated giraffes, a name that describes the mammal’s chestnut-brown rectangular markings. Like human fingerprints, each giraffe pattern is different. Native to the African savannahs, a giraffe’s most distinguishing feature is its long neck, which can account for 7 feet of its height.

The Fort Worth Zoo has housed giraffes since 1952 when the Fort Worth Zoological Association purchased a 3-year-old male giraffe named Topper. Waylon and Willie are now on exhibit with the rest of the Zoo’s giraffe herd (six females and one male) in the African Savannah.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a top 10 zoo or aquarium by FamilyFun magazine and TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.


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