Stories in the ‘Conservation News’ Category

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

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

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 […]

Saving Monkeys in Vietnam

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Primates,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo recognizes that strategic partnerships strengthen our ability to save animals in the wild.  We know that it will take armies of nature saving minds to preserve our planet’s biodiversity, which is why we seek to partner with conservation partners that will reach new audiences and connect them to the urgent need for […]

The Easter Bunny – Really?

Posted by in Conservation News,Events,Zoo News

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Back on the 2nd of February , I de-mystified GroundHog’s Day for you. Big fan of the rodent – just not his or her holiday. Today we tackle the Easter Bunny from a Lagomorph’s (taxonomic order including rabbits and hares) point of view. Later in the year I will explain why Guinea Pigs should also have their […]

We are with a National Geographic Photographer Helping Primates in Vietnam

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

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The Houston Zoo recognizes that strategic partnerships strengthen our ability to save animals in the wild.  We know that it will take armies of nature saving minds to preserve our planet’s biodiversity, which is why we seek to partner with conservation organizations that will reach new audiences and connect them to the urgent need for […]

The Perils of Planning Too Much

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

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I’m in the Marianas Islands again. This will be the 8th formal field year for the MAC program and 10th year of the partnership of CNMI with AZA zoos. For a little refresher, the Mariana Avi-fauna Conservation program, or MAC for short, started in 2004 when the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands (CNMI) government and […]

Great Apes: What’s So Great About them, Anyway?

Posted by in Conservation News,Gorillas,Primates,Zoo News

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Gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans: these are the Great Apes. The lesser, or small apes are the gibbons, but let’s focus on the Great Apes right now. So, just what makes a gorilla different from a chimpanzee or bonobo or an orangutan? Well, as it turns out, a lot! Perhaps it’s easier to talk about […]

Sea Turtle Update: Getting the Green Light for Release

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Zoo News

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Last week, the Houston Zoo vet clinic and NOAA checked out 9 sea turtles: 4 Kemp’s ridleys, 4 greens, and 1 hawksbill. The Kemp’s ridleys have been recovering from injuries at the NOAA Galveston facility, and will be released over the next few months. Threats to sea turtles are primarily people. People in the form […]

Great Apes are in Trouble

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Primates,Zoo News

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This month, we’re celebrating APE-ril and spending time discussing great apes. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of information to help you understand more about how the Houston Zoo works to save great apes in the wild and how you can help. Enjoy APE-ril! Simple fact: Great Apes are in […]

Cleaning up crab traps to save animals in the wild

Posted by in Conservation News,Reptiles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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One of the biggest threats to marine animals is being entangled or trapped in garbage.  The Houston Zoo houses many marine animals and is committed to doing everything we can to protect their counter parts in the wild. Houston Zoo staff participates in keeping our upper Texas Coast clean by joining in garbage removal efforts.  Every year we assist […]

Houston Zoo Facilities Staff Saving Sea Turtles!

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

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Conservation…it’s a loaded word. What does it mean? Who does it? Isn’t it all just research and science-y stuff? Actually, no. Conservation is really about working with people, in an effort to make sure animals and habitats are safe, and that there is a healthy future for humans as well! Our Zoo is involved in […]

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