Stories in the ‘Attwater’s Prairie Chicken’ Category

Attwater’s prairie chicks are here!

Posted by in Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Behind the Scenes,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

APC Eggs 2014-0001-2318

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 […]

Let the Season Begin: It’s Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Time!

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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 […]

Attwater’s Prairie Chicken Breeding Season Was a Success!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Conservation News,Sending Animals Back to the Wild

A male Attwater

It all started on March 19, when the very first egg of the season was laid by an Attwater’s prairie chicken at the Houston Zoo, 2 weeks earlier than expected. We knew it was going to be a wild ride this season, and the Birds Department began gearing up for what would end up being […]

Attwater’s prairie chickens released into the wild!

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APC Release soft pens

The Houston Zoo has been raising chicks this year to pump up the wild population with some hearty and happy Attwater’s prairie chickens (APCs), and yesterday we were able to reap the reward for all the efforts! Yesterday, Houston Zoo Staff and US Fish and Wildlife headed out to the APC National Wildlife refuge to […]

We’re releasing Attwater’s prairie chickens into the wild!

Posted by in Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Conservation News,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

  We’ve been raising these adorable chicks for the past few months, and for some of them, they’ve already gotten big enough to be ready to start their life in the wild. In the picture below, you can see the same bird on 4/22 and on 7/16. This juvenile looks a lot like a fully […]

The Houston Zoo’s Attwater’s Prairie Chickens are getting ready to go back to the wild!

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We still have Attwater’s prairie chicken eggs in incubators here at the Zoo, but the oldest chicks are now 45 days old.   Because these birds are being reintroduced into the wild our staff is focused on encouraging as much natural behavior as possible to prepare them for prairie life.    The oldest chicks are now getting more vegetation in their diet, so […]

Attwater’s prairie chickens are increasing in numbers at the Houston Zoo

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The incubators at the Houston Zoo are full of Attwater’s prairie chicken eggs collected and carefully transported from our facility at the Johnson Space Center.  The chick nursery is full of peeping Attwater’s chicks!  The first group of the oldest chicks are already old enough to move to their outside accommodations.  They are growing up before […]

The Houston Zoo is Sending Animals Back to the Wild!

Posted by in Amphibians,Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Birds,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Houston Toad,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

The Houston Zoo cares deeply for Texas wildlife.   We are committed to ensuring the recovery and protection of local species and habitats.  We take great pride in our efforts to rehabilitate/assist wild animals and reintroduce zoo-born animals to the wild.   This blog series will keep you up-to-date on our 3 local recovery projects: The Attwater’s prairie chicken is the rarest native Texas bird. […]

Houston Zoo Attwater’s Prairie Chickens Thriving in the Wild!

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Last week, staff from the Houston Zoo conservation, veterinary and bird departments assisted in Attwater’s prairie chicken field work at the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.  US Fish and Wildlife staff drove us out into the refuge in the dark of the night.  We stopped and parked the vehicles at the precise location they had tracked […]

The Year in Blogs

Posted by in Amphibians,Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Be a Conservation Hero,Carnivores,Chimpanzees,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Elephants,Gorillas,Orangutans,Pollinators,Rhinos,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

I do not even know where to start to make sense of some of our blog posts in 2012, all written to try and bring your attention to both the successes and issues facing our environment. I really have no idea what may or may not have caught your attention. No matter how often our […]

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