The African Forest
Meet Some Animals of the African Forest
About the African Forest
Your adventure begins as you enter the African Forest, trekking down a path that emerges into a village trading outpost. You explore the small, round huts that surround a fire pit. As you wind your way into the forest, you find a building with a huge glass wall for observing gorillas and red river hogs. As you depart, you walk across a covered observation area overlooking their expansive habitat, then arrive at a second building, where chimps and gorillas may both be viewed up close. Upon exiting, you make your way through a rocky tunnel, and a clearing suddenly emerges. You see white rhino relaxing in the sun. As you walk further, there’s a restaurant, just around the corner, where you can observe elegant Masai giraffes while you dine, or purchase lettuce to feed them as well.
Did You Know?
A male giraffe is called a bull, a female is called a cow, and a baby giraffe is called a calf.
The average life span for a giraffe is 25 years.
The African Forest features webcams that allow you to see our gorillas, chimps, giraffes, and rhinos in their habitats at the Houston Zoo.
All About Giraffes!
African Forest Fun Facts
- The word rhinoceros comes from the Greek rhino (nose) and ceros (horn).
- Rhino horns are made of keratin, the same material that makes up your hair and fingernails.
- The scientific name of the giraffe is ‘Camelopardalis’. The etymology of this name can be traced to a belief that a giraffe was a cross between a camel (height) and a leopard (coat pattern).