Stories in the ‘Conservation News’ Category

There’s More in That Chocolate Than You Think

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


Halloween is right around the corner, which means lots of candies and chocolates for me to eat trick-or-treaters. You’re probably familiar with the idea that some ingredients in our food might not be healthy for humans. But what if some ingredients pose a danger to animals? Palm Oil – Oil Palm…What? I’m going to give you […]

Pictures Are Worth More Than Just Words

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Zoo News


Joel Sartore is no stranger to the Houston Zoo. We’ve been fortunate enough to host Joel multiple times as he works on his Photo Ark, photographing animals to document biodiversity. We’ve even traveled alongside Joel to Vietnam, visiting a variety of rehabilitation and rescue centers to take photos of some of the rarest species in captivity. Along […]

YOU Can Help Animals in the Wild-Say No To Products Made From Exotic Animals!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Zoo News

Help save rhinos and other animals in the wild by always saying no to exotic animal products!

At the Houston Zoo, we are proud to exhibit some of the world’s most amazing animals! In addition to providing excellent care for our animals at the zoo, we are committed to saving animals in the wild.  We depend heavily on our staff, volunteers, Board members and YOU (our guests and supporters) to help us […]

Help Save Elephants in the Wild!

Posted by in Conservation News,Elephants

Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo

Post by Lauren St. Pierre Calling all elephant enthusiasts! Did you know elephant population numbers are rapidly declining in the wild? Do you know there are ways YOU can help protect these magnificent animals in the wild? You can start by joining the more than one hundred Zoos and thousands of individuals across the country […]

The Making of Houston Zoo Kids

Posted by in Conservation News,Just for Kids


It all started because of a problem, as many things do. As a Zoo, we work hard to protect animals in the wild every day, and we have lots of ways we inform our guests about what is happening out there and how they can help. This information has always been accessible to adults, but […]

Telling Success Stories – Saving Animals in the Wild

Posted by in Conservation News,Zoo News


Telling success stories is really not what the media does best. There are many out there but my email box is overwhelmed daily with people sending me wildlife related news content – really bad news related content. In just one day, I received the following  links for me to take a look at. Great apes […]

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 […]

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 […]

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