Houston Zoo in United States

Houston Zoo
The two elephant bulls Tucker & Thai. Houston Zoo in October 2009. Photo: © Susan Hoss
The two elephant bulls Tucker & Thai. Houston Zoo in October 2009. Photo: © Susan Hoss

Local name McNair Asian Elephant Habitat, Houston Zoo

First elephant arrived1922
Address 1513 N. MacGregor
Zip-code TX 77030
Place Houston
Country United States
Website Website

Directors 1923: Hans Nagel (director)

Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
: Karen Gibson
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers 2017-: Alicia Andring
Record history
History of updates2021-06-18

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Houston Zoo, located at 1513 N. MacGregor, in Houston, United States , was founded in 1922 and the first elephant arrived in 1922.

Living elephants

At the Houston Zoo lives 12 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Chuck born 2008-07-15
  2. Joy born 2017-07-12
  3. Methai (Me Thai) born 1969
  4. Nelson born 2020-05-12
  5. Shanti born 1990-10-11
  6. Teddy born 2021-05-16
  7. Tess born 1981
  8. Thai (Thailand) born 1965
  9. Tilly born 2018-06-17
  10. Tucker born 2005-05-12
  11. Tupelo born 2010-10-03
  12. Winnie born 2021-03-10

Comments / picturesThe Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston, Texas. Housing over 4,500 animals belonging to over 900 Species, the zoo receives 1.5 million visitors each year and is the seventh most visited zoo in the nation.[1] The zoo is accredited by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry

The Houston Zoo was first established in September 1922 in Sam Houston Park, near downtown. In 1921, the city of Houston purchased several animals for an initial collection. The facility was relocated to Hermann Park, where it resides today. It used to be called the Herman Park Zoo. The zoo did not have admission fees until 1988, when they were first established by former mayor Kathryn J. Whitmire. The newest project is titled "African Forest," its a 100 million dollar project that will take several years to complete. The mission statement is "The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique , and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world."

In September 2008, Tess and her son Tucker were loaned from Gary Johnson\'s Have Trunk Will Travel to the Houston Zoo. Tess was slated to return after a breeding loan arrangement. The transfer occured less than a year after the death of two year old Mac from the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus.

The Houston Zoo\'s Thai is one of the most prolific breeding bulls in North America. However, though he has sired fourteen calves, five were stillborn and none of the remaining nine lived past the age of thirteen.

References for records about Houston Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Houston Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=169. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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