The Houston Zoo has already hatched 209 Attwater’s prairie chicks this Spring!
All of these guys have made it through to the next stage of their lives and will stay with us here at the Zoo until they are ready for release as strong juveniles into the wild!
Attwater’s prairie chickens are vanishing from the coastal prairies of Texas. It is estimated that less than 100 of these birds are left in the wild, so the Houston Zoo has breeding facilities both behind the scenes at the Zoo and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to help revive the wild populations. When the birds hatch and grow large enough, they are slowly introduced and then released into the wild, where they will support the already existing populations.
If you are inspired to give these chicks a stronger chance for survival, help them out by learning more, or even donating!