CHT Staff, Left to Right: Innocent, Eric, Oliver and Valerie. Photo credit of CHT.

Written by: Valerie Akuredusenge Hi! My name is Valerie Akuredusenge, the Program Director of Conservation Heritage – Turambe, (CHT). I grew up in Gakenke District in the Northern Province of Rwanda. I began my journey in wildlife conservation as a tour guide, leading others through the dense rainforests of central Africa. I facilitated influential conservation experiences […]

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My name is Ryan and I love science. Join me as I try to make tough science a little less confusing. Follow along as I research the issues, untangle the mess, and figure out what you really need to know to help animals and the environment.   Today’s Topic: How’d That Fish Get On Your Plate? […]

Photo credit: Renee Bumpus

The Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program’s goal is to protect animals by connecting people to nature.  Our travel program encourages experiences in nature that foster care for the natural world and empower individuals to take action to save wildlife. Our Wildlife Conservation Program offers various opportunities to experience the wild with wildlife professionals.  Our Houston […]

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During spring break, the Houston Zoo offered additional parking for all its guests and animal enthusiasts. Now the additional parking is offered Saturdays & Sundays through May 31. The lot is located at 7100 William C. Harvin – Entrance 35. Parking is $6 per car, but the shuttle is free and runs continuously from 10 […]

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You may have heard about sustainable seafood and know which choices to make, but if you haven’t, no worries – we will break it down for you! Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild-caught or farm-raised that not only sustains current populations, but thrives over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested […]

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There is a little over a month left in our 2015 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge, which means there is still time to participate! We are up to 26 local Houston schools and organizations who are recycling cell phones to help save gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild! These 26 groups have an estimated […]

Pollinators - source USDA Forest Service

Pollinating insects are a crucial part of the health and well-being of our planet. They enable plants to set seed and reproduce, driving the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems and providing us with fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, spices, coffee and fiber for clothing (to name a few items we can’t live without).   But did you know that […]

Snakes and Reptiles – An Unfortunate Misunderstanding

In general, reptiles are a misunderstood and much-maligned group of animals. Literature published as far back as 1735 describes reptiles as “foul and loathsome animals.” Unfortunately, this viewpoint is still held by many people today, especially when snakes are the reptiles being discussed. The unreasonable fear of snakes is quite prevalent in our society and […]

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My name is Ryan and I love science. Join me as I try to make tough science a little less confusing. Follow along as I research the issues, untangle the mess, and figure out what you really need to know to help animals and the environment.   Today’s Topic: Is Using Recycled Paper Really That Important? […]

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With the arrival of our gorillas and a brand new exhibit opening in May 2015, we are committed to ensuring gorillas are protected in the wild. Houston Zoo staff is currently visiting our gorilla conservation partners in Rwanda to see how we can continue to grow our partnerships to ensure mountain gorillas are protected. The […]

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