It’s our biggest and best year yet for breeding a very special local species, the critically endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chicken! We’re very lucky to have gotten a record number of eggs from our flock so far, with more to come. Last year’s breeding season was an incredible success, so we can’t wait to see what […]

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The Houston Zoo recognizes that strategic partnerships strengthen our ability to save animals in the wild.  We know that it will take armies of nature saving minds to preserve our planet’s biodiversity, which is why we seek to partner with conservation partners that will reach new audiences and connect them to the urgent need for […]

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Back on the 2nd of February , I de-mystified GroundHog’s Day for you. Big fan of the rodent – just not his or her holiday. Today we tackle the Easter Bunny from a Lagomorph’s (taxonomic order including rabbits and hares) point of view. Later in the year I will explain why Guinea Pigs should also have their […]

This is what a wombat looks like!

This summer, not only will we be featuring giant bugs and opening an all new Bug House, but there will also be a new mammal making its debut at the Houston Zoo: the wombat! The wombat hails from Australia, and there are 3 types: the northern hairy-nosed, the southern hairy-nosed, and the common wombat. The Houston […]

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The Houston Zoo recognizes that strategic partnerships strengthen our ability to save animals in the wild.  We know that it will take armies of nature saving minds to preserve our planet’s biodiversity, which is why we seek to partner with conservation organizations that will reach new audiences and connect them to the urgent need for […]

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I’m in the Marianas Islands again. This will be the 8th formal field year for the MAC program and 10th year of the partnership of CNMI with AZA zoos. For a little refresher, the Mariana Avi-fauna Conservation program, or MAC for short, started in 2004 when the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands (CNMI) government and […]

The Houston Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day April 19!  The Naturally Wild Swap Shop will certainly be part of the celebration.  Any nature journal on an Earth Day topic will receive double points. Earth Day topics include some of the following: endangered or extinct plants and animls                                 edible plants the rock cycle the water […]

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It’s starting to get pretty exciting around the Zoo these days. The gorilla exhibit is progressing and soon we’ll be thinking about transporting our gorillas here to their new home. Part of the anticipation of having gorillas here in Houston is the ability to connect our Zoo members and guests with gorillas in the wild […]

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Gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans: these are the Great Apes. The lesser, or small apes are the gibbons, but let’s focus on the Great Apes right now. So, just what makes a gorilla different from a chimpanzee or bonobo or an orangutan? Well, as it turns out, a lot! Perhaps it’s easier to talk about […]

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Ever wonder what it would feel like to save black bears, chimpanzees, sea turtles or orangutans?  We love all of our animals at the Zoo and we are constantly seeking ways to protect their relatives in the wild but we need your help!  For this Earth Day we would like to provide you a simple […]

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