Stories in the ‘Conservation News’ Category

Fish of the Week – Post #2

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Zoo News

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You may have heard about sustainable seafood and know which choices to make, but if you haven’t, no worries – we will break it down for you! Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild-caught or farm-raised that not only sustains current populations, but thrives over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested […]

Turtle Tuesday!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Events,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation

Giant jellyfish on the Texas Coast!

Yesterday, Houston Zoo staff participated in NOAA’s weekly beach survey, looking for injured or sick sea turtles on Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island and all the way to Surfside! This survey can take anywhere from 9-15 hours, but is vital in ensuring that any sea turtles on our local beaches are accounted for, and cared for […]

Removing Abandoned Traps & Saving Animals in the Wild!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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This past Saturday, a group of Houston Zoo staff and other community volunteers got together at Fort Anahuac Park for the annual Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) Abandoned Crab Trap Removal. As a first-timer myself, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect – except that we would get dirty – and, boy, did we get muddy! We […]

Sabinga’s Updates: Learning About Saving Nature at the Zoo

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Guest Blogger Series,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo has many ways to get involved with saving wildlife and education. I got a tour of the Houston Zoo’s Naturally Wild Swap Shop by staff member, Charlona. I learned a lot!! The Swap Shop is another place that gives a shot in the arm to conservation! It’s a place where children bring […]

Fish of the Week – Post #1

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News

fish tacos

You may have heard about sustainable seafood and know which choices to make, but if you haven’t, no worries – we will break it down for you! Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild-caught or farm-raised that not only sustains current populations, but thrives over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested […]

Houston Zoo, Patricia Medici, & The Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative

Posted by in Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,News from the Wild,Zoo News

Tapir

The four living tapir species occur in the tropics of Central America (Baird’s tapir), South America (lowland tapir, mountain tapir), and Southeast Asia (Malayan tapir).  The lowland tapir has the broadest range of the four species extending from north-central Colombia and east of the Andes throughout most of tropical South America down to north-eastern Argentina […]

Houston Zoo Welcomes Painted Dog Conservationist from Zimbabwe!

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

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It’s not a secret that one of the Houston Zoo’s main objectives is to spread both awareness and conservation for all its endangered or threatened species. One of the species the Zoo closely works with is the African painted dog (also known as the African wild dog). In fact, our facilities team jumped on the opportunity […]

Action for Apes Challenge is in Full Swing

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Zoo News

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Our 2015 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge is off to a great start! The Action for Apes Challenge is a community-wide cell phone recycling contest to help save gorillas in the wild. So far we have 21 Houston area groups who have signed up for the 2015 Challenge! These groups are from all around […]

Species Spotlight: Black Bear Cubs Willow and Belle

Posted by in Carnivores,Conservation News,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Zoo News

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Our American black bear cubs, Willow and Belle, are anything but ordinary. In fact, they are not black at all! The Zoo received these orphaned cubs in December 2013 and initially weighed 40 pounds. However, carnivore keeper Stephanie Mantilla reported that Willow is 139 pounds, and Belle is 148 pounds. Some of their favorite foraging […]

Okapi – From the Heart of Africa to the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Conservation News,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Zoo News

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Written by Rick Barongi One of the rarest and most beautiful animals at the Houston Zoo is the okapi (“oh-cop-ee”) or forest giraffe.  Since it was first discovered by the western world in 1901 it has captivated the imagination like few other species.  This fascination has led to a colorful and tumultuous history.  Every species […]

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