On Wednesday May 27, NOAA Fisheries, the Houston Zoo and Moody Gardens will release 51 sea turtles at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. Forty-nine of the turtles are Kemp’s ridleys and were part of a group brought in last December after suffering from the cold in Cape Cod, New England. The Boston Aquarium sent the […]

mad close up

This post was written by Bailey Cheney. If you’ve stopped by the ring-tailed lemur exhibit at Wortham World of Primates recently, you might have seen some turtles basking in the sun. Often, while keepers feed the lemurs, they get asked if they’re real turtles. This is because the turtles sit perfectly still as they enjoy the […]


We are heartbroken to share the news that eight-year-old Masai giraffe, Neema, passed away overnight in the giraffe barn. Neema began showing signs of illness on May 14. The entire hoofed stock team and our veterinary staff began an immediate intensive course of medical care to identify and treat her symptoms. The group discovered that […]

Educators participate in an activity about their unique islands led by our partners at Ecology Project International

The Houston Zoo is proud to partner with organizations around the world that actively save wildlife. We have been working in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador for many years, providing expertise in veterinary medicine as well as environmental education. This past week, Houston Zoo staff visited the Galapagos to help facilitate a 3-day workshop with […]

Whitespotted Bamboo Shark Baby-0002-8227 (1)

When visiting the zoo you may see our sharks, rays and sea turtles. The ocean is close to Houston’s heart with the Gulf of Mexico just down the road and keeping the ocean healthy is a high priority to the Houston Zoo and sharks do just that.  This misunderstood species works hard to keep a healthy balance […]

bednarski turtle

The world’s turtles and tortoises (collectively called chelonians) are in big trouble; they need our help more than ever in their struggle to survive. These animals are quickly losing their habitat and being snatched up – often illegally – from countries around the globe to feed China’s insatiable appetite for rare and endangered animals. In […]


We have another fun (and tasty) way for you to help save gorillas! This Thursday, May 21, order Papa John’s online, use promo code GORILLA, and $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Houston Zoo’s gorilla conservation program. This offer is valid only on May 21. Order online at www.papajohns.com, and don’t forget […]


We have just concluded our 2015 Action for Apes Challenge, during which 1,562 cell phones and other handheld electronic devices were recycled! Over 30 schools, businesses and community groups around Texas competed to see who could recycle the most cell phones by April 30th, 2015. Each cell phone that was recycled is an action taken […]

Leaf cutter bee Photo courtesy of Wildscreen Arkive

You may already be aware that there are several species of bees in our area.  But do you know how important they are to us as pollinators? Bees pollinate an estimated 30% of all our food crops.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to lose any of the foods I love.   We […]


We have invited Carolyn Jess back to help us out as guest blogger in 2015 with a focus on native wildlife. Jess is a 13 year old student who has agreed to be our special guest blogger about wildlife conservation. Carolyn was awarded the Alban Heiser Conservation Award in 2014, presented to her by Jack […]

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