Stories in the ‘Conservation News’ Category

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 […]

Working with Conservation Partners in the Galapagos Islands

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Field Research,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

Educators participate in an activity about their unique islands led by our partners at Ecology Project International

The Houston Zoo is proud to partner with organizations around the world that actively save wildlife. We have been working in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador for many years, providing expertise in veterinary medicine as well as environmental education. This past week, Houston Zoo staff visited the Galapagos to help facilitate a 3-day workshop with […]

Houston Zoo Guests are Helping to Save Sharks in the Wild

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When visiting the zoo you may see our sharks, rays and sea turtles. The ocean is close to Houston’s heart with the Gulf of Mexico just down the road and keeping the ocean healthy is a high priority to the Houston Zoo and sharks do just that.  This misunderstood species works hard to keep a healthy balance […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Conservation News,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

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Last year, our aquarium supervisor Mike Concannon embarked on a trip to Key Largo, Florida as part of the Staff Conservation Fund to assist in conservation and restoration for endangered and threatened coral species in the Florida Keys, established by the Coral Restoration Foundation. Since it is the Houston Zoo’s mission to bring conservation and awareness for […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 1

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Prior to arrival in the Keys, a lot of the details of my trip were worked out by Dive Operations Manager Pamela Hughes.  She was very accommodating and professional.  I can’t begin to express how easy she made this endeavor. Monday, May 19 2014 7 a.m. In speaking with Pamela Hughes of Coral Restoration Foundation […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 1 (Windley Key State Park)

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Windley Key State Park has great historical, cultural, geological, and biological significance to the area.  It is the site of a 20th century quarry for Key Largo limestone, which was used to build the Overseas Railroad.  Completed in 1912, the Overseas Railroad was the first terrestrial connection between the mainland of Florida and Key West.  […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 2

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Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 2

Tuesday, May 20 11 a.m. I headed over to the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) Laboratory around 9 a.m. to do some prep work for our dives.  The CRF “Laboratory” is actually Ken’s former house.  It’s a bright two story building with a spawning laboratory on the first floor that is maintained by the Florida Aquarium.  […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 3

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Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 3

Wednesday, May 21 9 p.m. We set out much earlier and made a stop at the Tavernier Nursery.  Corals had been staged the day before while I was fragging and cleaning.  This means they were either placed loose into the milk crate containers I constructed yesterday or were strung on staging trees in bundles of […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 4

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Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 4

Thursday, May 22 6 p.m. We met up early again for a full day of diving.  Winds had died down quite a bit and the water was quite calm for the trip to the nursery.  Visibility was much improved and fish were everywhere.  I was finally able to take in the entire scene.  Countless coral […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 5

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Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 5

Friday, May 22 11 a.m. The Georgia Aquarium crew made an early trip to make a deep dive on a nearby wreck, while I stayed behind to make some coral trees.  The workshop is set up on Ken Nedimyer’s home property and consists of a couple of drill presses beneath sunshades.  Volunteer Jonathon Cole, and […]

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