What's New at the Zoo

Who’s New at the Zoo

With over 1,200 animal ambassadors, you never know which animals you may meet as you walk through the Zoo! Below are a few of our newest and soon-to-arrive “zoo-lebrities.”*

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*Dates of arrival are estimated. Animal arrivals and viewing are subject to change based on weather, maintenance and animal needs.


    • Masai Giraffe
    • Female
    • From Los Angeles Zoo
    • Born Nov. 9, 2016
    • Name Means “sunshine” in Swahili
  • Exhibit Viewing: Now in Rotation with our other giraffes, Malaika and Baridi.

Kianga arrived on March 16, 2018 from the Los Angeles Zoo and she’s only 18 months old. She’s easily distinguishable from stately giraffe Malaika, the tallest giraffe in our herd, and Baridi, our young male socialite, because she’s much smaller (though she still weighs approximately 1,200 pounds)!While Kianga is shy and still getting accustomed to her new environment, she seems fond of spending time with Malaika and is usually seen by her side.

Kianga also has started to participate in more of our public giraffe feedings. Kianga eats grain and alfalfa but her favorite treats are apples and carrots.You can visit her in the giraffe exhibit in the Africa Zone.

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  • Komodo dragon
  • Male
  • From Fort Worth Zoo
  • Age 7 months
  • Exhibit Viewing: in the outdoor Komodo exhibit in the HerpAquarium!

Many of you have been looking forward to being able to see our new Komodo dragon Romulus. Because Romulus is so young (hatched October 19, 2017), he required some special preparation to ensure a comfortable and safe space as he grows. His new space rests within the original outdoor Komodo exhibit and allows Romulus to enjoy the warm summer weather and the sunlight, which is critical for Komodo health and growth.

Romulus is growing every day. When he arrived, Romulus weighed just over a half pound and was 23 inches long. He’s gained a little weight since then but he still has a long way to go. Komodo dragons generally take over a decade to grow to full size and grow to be the largest, heaviest lizards in the world. Komodo dragons are carnivores. His current diet includes a balanced meat diet. HerpAquarium Zoo keeper Chris Florence says Romulus is “a very active lizard” who is growing bolder every day and “seems to recognize the people who take care of him.”

Learn more about Komodo dragons.
Read the official media release.


Below are the approximate dates that animals will be available for viewing after a standard quarantine period.



  • Southern White Rhino
  • Male
  • From The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio
  • Age 3
  • Named by Jack Hanna in honor of former late night talk show host David Letterman.
  • Estimated exhibit viewing: Late-June — you may catch glimpses while he is settling in his new environment.

Rhino Letterman is only 3 years old and comes from The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. He was originally called Montgomery but his name was changed by Jack Hanna in honor of talk show host David Letterman.

So far, Letterman’s keepers have been very impressed by how friendly he is. He seems to enjoy company and actually seeks it out when given the opportunity. He enjoys eating grain mix as a treat and getting his neck scratched by his keepers.

You’ll be able to distinguish him from female Sindi by his ear tip that droops on one side.Rhinos in the remnant wild are often solitary but do sometimes form groups.  Letterman will be on rotation with 34-year-old female Sindi in the Africa Zone.

Learn about Rhinos.



  • African Lion
  • Male
  • From Fort Worth Zoo
  • Name means “we are increasing”
  • Estimated exhibit viewing: Late-June

Majestic lion Siyanda is just over 3 years old and comes to us from the Fort Worth Zoo where he was born. His name is African in origin and means “we are increasing.” Siyanda appears to be a “very relaxed cat” according to Assistant Curator Mike Jones, who says he is settling in to his new environment “as if he has always been there.”

Siyanda is a very light-colored lion with a not yet fully-developed mane. He already weighs 404 pounds and eats about 10 pounds of meat per day. His keepers believe he could potentially reach over 450 pounds.You can see Siyanda in the Africa Zone starting in mid-June on rotation with geriatric 21-year-old female lion Kariba.

You may see him alone at first as he gets acclimated to his new environment. However, in the future we hope to bring in other female lions to become part of Siyanda’s family group per recommendations from the African Lion Species Survival Plan.

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