Stories in the ‘Conservation News’ 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

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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 […]

Prior to departure – ALWAYS count your crates!

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Field Research,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

Our plane awaits - with the crates being loading in.

We are taking 20 GOWE and 12 MAFD back to AZA zoos in the US mainland.  Their journey is long and we will be there to help them and monitor them the entire way. We finally are able to book a flight for the birds and us to get to Guam.  We work with Star […]

Dickinson High School Takes Home 1st Place in 2014 Action for Apes Challenge!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Going Green,Gorillas,Primates,Zoo News


We have just concluded our 2014 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge and it was incredibly successful with 49 local Houston schools and organizations participating! Over 25,000 participants were involved in this challenge-recycling cell phones as quickly as they could by APE-ril 30th, 2014 to join the Houston Zoo’s efforts to save gorillas and […]

New Painted Dog Collar Saves Them From Snare Wire Traps

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Mammals,Zoo News


Animals in the wild are faced with dangers every day. Many of those dangers are man-made. African painted dogs are the second most endangered carnivore in Africa and are frequent prey to the snares set up by poachers. The poachers are not particularly interested in the dogs, but are after animals like antelope to sell […]

Waiting for departure

Posted by in Birds,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Global Conservation,Staff in the Wild

Our humble quarantine area for the birds

We have to hold the birds going back to the US in a quarantine situation for 7 days prior to departure.  The hotel room we are using qualifies as an appropriate quarantine area.  We also have to work with Guam and Hawaii to get import permits – as both these areas are very strict about […]

Translocation day for the birds from Tinian

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Field Research,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

a trip of a lifetime!

We have been worried all week about weather.  Not only did the bad weather slow down our trapping schedule, it almost impacted our ability to translocate the RUFA from Tinian to Sarigan. There was a weather “system” developing (the description sounded like a tropical storm system to me).  This would severely impact our ability to […]

I wish I could eat that much….

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

I spend my day looking at GOWE poop

After we trap all the birds we are hoping to get, we end up with a room of 14 MAFD and 24 GOWE. Each day then becomes fairly routine, feed and monitor all the birds to make sure they are eating, pooping, and acting normally.  I spend a great deal of time each day looking […]

Vet checks and Hotel Room Surgery

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Staff in the Wild

Weight check on a MAFD (yes, we put them in a stocking to weigh them)

Since we are split between the 2 islands this year, I set-up the birds by my-self.  In previous years, I have worked as part of a team.  A zoo veterinarian and I would process the birds together.  We would get the birds in and do a quick physical exam, blood sample (via a toenail clip), […]

Guest Blogger Carolyn Jess Talks Bushmeat

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Guest Blogger Series

We have invited Carolyn Jess back to continue to help us out as guest blogger in 2014 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 and is currently working on the Houston Zoo Crew. If you would like […]

Moving Islands

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Zoo News

1 Saying Good-bye to Tinian

The plan was for 5 of us to head back to Saipan when the Tinian group got settled in and started catching birds.  We arrived back in Saipan on the 15th and keeping with the flexibility theme we have run into some hurdles.  We got back to the summer holiday hotel and were able to pretty […]

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