HOUSTON — The Houston Zoo’s 1-week-old Masai giraffe joined the herd and made his public debut Tuesday morning.

The zoo also announced his name – Bobbie.

The male Masai giraffe was born in the afternoon on Sept. 30. The calf was born to first-time mom, Kamili, behind-the-scenes at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat, weighing in at 128 pounds and standing just over six feet tall.

This is also the first calf sired by 4-year-old Joshua.

Hours for the Houston Zoo are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Entrance gates close at 6 p.m. The giraffe feeding platform is open at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Houston Zoo provides funds for local people in Africa to protect giraffes in the wild. These funds provide salaries to those arresting illegal hunters, providing medical support, and watching over wild giraffes in Africa.

"Simply by visiting the Houston Zoo, guests help save Masai giraffes in the wild as a portion of every admission ticket is donated to conservation efforts protecting species, like giraffes, in their natural habitats."

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