HOUSTON – The Houston Zoo welcomed a number of animals in 2022.
The beloved Hermann Park institution welcomed a baby monkey and a grown black bear with a chance at a new life. Take a look at the beloved new residents in the photos below.
Shasta and Louie!
Two male cougar cubs, found alone in Washington state, have found a new home at the Houston Zoo, the zoo said in November. The cubs have been named Shasta VII and Louie. Shasta VII, as well as Louie, will carry the long-standing tradition in partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association and be ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild while faithfully representing the cougar spirit of the University of Houston from their home at the Houston Zoo.
Baby Betty – named after icon Betty White who died late last year – was found in the primate enclosure on Jan. 15. The baby was tiny and hanging onto a branch.
Astro and Orbit!
This is the first time in six years the Zoo has successfully hatched flamingo eggs. The chicks have been named Astro and Orbit, in honor of Houston’s major league baseball team.
Bruno and Pepa!
The Houston Zoo recently welcomed it’s newest bundles of joy -- the capybara pups Bruno and Pepa, named for the characters from the beloved children’s film “Encanto.”
Claud the Bear!
The young bear was named Claud by the Hamill Foundation. Claud came to the Houston Zoo from Reno, Nevada, where he was seen feeding near campsites on several occasions and appeared to be orphaned.
Takai arrived at the Houston Zoo in April from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
Two crowned lemurs arrived to the Zoo’s Wortham World of Primates lemur island from Oakland Zoo and Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo on May 26.
The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park at 6200 Hermann Park Drive. For more information, visit houstonzoo.org.
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