Stories in the ‘Conservation News’ Category

Saving Sea Turtles in the Gulf – Part 1

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,News from the Wild,Reptiles,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

Turtle excluder devices help protect sea turtles, like this guy, from shrimp nets!

Greetings from Panama City! The Houston Zoo recently visited Florida with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to test turtle excluder devices (TEDs) for fisheries across the globe to incorporate into their shrimp nets. These TEDs are critical – and required by federal law – to ensure the safety of sea turtles […]

Houston Zoo is Ditching Plastic Bags

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Going Green

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On July 1, we will begin asking shoppers to find alternate ways to take their merchandise home from the Zoo’s Gift Shop. Why you ask? Plastic pollution is harmful to wildlife such as sea turtles and pelicans. Known to many as “the world’s most preventable problem,” plastic pollution has grown exponentially over the last 50 […]

Working with Pacific Bird Conservation (Part 4)

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Staff in the Wild,Travel

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Steve Howard is in the Northern Mariana Islands, working with Pacific Bird Conservation to protect birds and blogging about his experience. This post was written by Steve Howard We started netting birds on Thursday afternoon, which means my education on how to extract birds from the net began as well. Mist nets are made of very […]

Working with Pacific Bird Conservation (Part 3)

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Staff in the Wild,Travel

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Steve Howard is in the Northern Mariana Islands, working with Pacific Bird Conservation to protect birds and blogging about his experience. This post was written by Steve Howard   Today I learned how to put up a 12-meter mist net! We’ll be trapping birds along one of the old WWII Navy runways which has been almost […]

Working with Pacific Bird Conservation (Part 2)

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Staff in the Wild,Travel

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Steve Howard is in the Northern Mariana Islands, working with Pacific Bird Conservation to protect birds and blogging about his experience. This post was written by Steve Howard Today we’ll be setting up the bird room. The hotel has given us a large room to keep the birds in after they are caught. And what is […]

Working with Pacific Bird Conservation

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Global Conservation,News from the Wild,Staff in the Wild

Star Air to Tinian

Steve Howard is in the Northern Mariana Islands, working with Pacific Bird Conservation to protect birds and blogging about his experience. This post was written by Steve Howard The adventure begins! Sort of. I’m on my way to the Northern Mariana Islands to work with Pacific Bird Conservation. We’ll be moving birds (Tinian Monarchs and Bridled […]

Saving Sea Turtles on our Local Piers

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Pier Signs in Galveston detailing how to help sea turtles

An exciting program called the Responsible Pier Initiative has come to Galveston! This program is managed by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida. Our friends at Turtle Island Restoration Network, NOAA, the Galveston Parks Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife and Texas A & M Galveston all played a role in the installation of […]

Protect the Pack!

Posted by in African Forest,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Global Conservation

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African painted dogs face many threats in the wild.  One of the largest dangers to dogs is snaring.  Poachers set up snares in the bush, meaning to capture animals for bush meat.  However, snares are indiscriminant and capture more than what they are intended for. Conservationists in Zimbabwe discovered that specialized radio collars can help […]

Houstonians are Saving Rhinos in the Wild

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Rhinos,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News

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A young Houstonian is doing all she can to save her favorite animals in the wild.  Sophie held a bake sale in her local Houston neighborhood and this was the invitation that was sent out last month. “Well, I love rhinos (among other zoo animals)! And I just discovered that I love baking! Combine those […]

More than 50 Endangered Sea Turtles Set for Release

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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On Wednesday May 27, NOAA Fisheries, the Houston Zoo and Moody Gardens will release 51 sea turtles at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. Forty-nine of the turtles are Kemp’s ridleys and were part of a group brought in last December after suffering from the cold in Cape Cod, New England. The Boston Aquarium sent the […]

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