Stories in the ‘Featured Creatures’ Category

Skunk Works Out in Giant Wheel, Gets Fit

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Skunk Works Out in Giant Wheel, Gets Fit

Lily the skunk was getting a bit round in the middle, and one of our amazing Houston Zoo volunteers came up with an ingenious solution – a giant wheel for her to jog in! Check out her workout: When Lily was about a year old, keeper Stephanie Turner noted she had begun to put on […]

Sam, the “People” Steer

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Sam, the “People” Steer

Just four years ago this month, a small baby steer arrived at the Houston Zoo. His name was Sam – Sam Houston to be exact. At about the same time, a wide-eyed new zookeeper named Emma started in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo. Emma was sitting in a meeting one day when one of […]

The Cameroon Stumptail Chameleon

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Global Conservation,Reptiles


Did you know that dwarf chameleons have a very unique way to deter predators and rival chameleons? They vibrate like a cell phone! At the Houston Zoo, guests can see a pair of male and female Cameroon stumptail chameleons inside the Reptile and Amphibian House. The pair came to the Zoo under tragic circumstances just […]

Penny has been working hard in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Just for Kids,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

My goodness, but this summer was busy.  The zoo had great attendance and, here in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, we had record numbers of trades in June, July and August! My name is Penny, and it is my job to greet guests and be an ambassador for the zoo. I have been quite busy.  With so […]

Clouded Leopard Cubs Play Outside!

Posted by in Carnivores,Featured Creatures,Zoo News

Clouded Leopard Cubs Play Outside!

Our twelve-week-old clouded leopard cubs Koshi and Senja took their first romp in the grass today during one of their final days behind-the-scenes. As they grow, their mischievous personalities are becoming more and more apparent. Koshi thinks it’s fun to practice his aerial skills by leaping onto the caregivers while Senja prefers climbing and has […]

Cheyenne’s Story: What Happens When a Zoo Animal Gets Sick?

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Featured Creatures,Orangutans,Veterinary Care,Zoo News

Cheyenne & Vascular Team 6.14

The Houston Zoo is very lucky to have a great veterinary team: a Director, a Manager, 4 Veterinarians, 3 Veterinary Technicians, and a myriad of other important players like zookeepers, purchasing and record-keeping staff. It takes a village to keep our animals healthy! Because of our continued, professional veterinary care at the zoo, the clinic staff’s […]

Naked Mole-rats: The Super Heroes of the Animal World

Posted by in Adaptations,Featured Creatures,Natural Encounters

Meet the naked mole-rat!

What can feel no pain, is impervious to cancer or Alzheimer’s, and can chew through pretty much anything in a single bound? The naked mole-rat! These little creatures aren’t the prettiest to look at, but they are possibly some of the most fascinating—and superhero like—animals around. When a naked mole-rat begins life, he pretty much looks […]

Clouded Leopard Cubs Born at the Zoo!

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Carnivores,Endangered Species,Featured Creatures,Zoo News

Clouded Leopard Cubs

Friday, June 6 was an exciting day at the Houston Zoo as we welcomed two clouded leopard cubs to our family. The unnamed male cubs were born after an unassisted, one-hour labor.  After a healthy proclamation by our chief veterinarian, zookeepers began steps to hand-raise the cubs.  The cubs began successfully nursing from a bottle […]

Spiders spotlighted at the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Arachnids,Featured Creatures,Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Spider SOS

Spineybacked Orbweaver

Right now there is a group that you wouldn’t expect working hard to help you.  They are working really hard to help you with pest control.  If they are in your house, you could see 2,000 LESS insects inside your home over the course of a year. Who are these fabulous helpers?  Spiders!  And, on May 17 from 9:30 to […]

Wombat Update from Ali and Kevin in Australia

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Featured Creatures

wombat cuddle

You may have already heard: The Houston Zoo will soon be home to wombats! Two of our wonderful employees Ali and Kevin are in Australia right now learning lots of information about wombats. Here’s our latest communication with Ali and Kevin. Hello again from down under! Kevin and I have been learning a lot about […]

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