Stories in the ‘Zoo History: Looking Back’ Category

Looking Back with Mary Ann Chambers

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From the small fence to the now size of 55-acres, the Houston Zoo has grown exponentially not just in size but in the number of species that call the zoo home. Starting out with a small collection of a few species to 6,000 animals of 900 different species, Houstonians like 75-year-old Mary Ann Chambers can […]

Looking Back with Annette Reynolds

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(From left to eight) Annette Reynolds pictured with her friend, Jean Whitaker.

Vosswood Nursing Home resident Annette Reynolds is not an average Houstonian. 94-year-old Reynolds was born in 1920, and her father even read George H. Hermann’s will; if the name sounds familiar it’s because he was responsible for presenting a very famous piece of land to the City of Houston – Hermann Park! Reynolds remembers visiting […]

Looking Back with Lynn Gillespie

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Lynn Gillespie. Photo courtesy of St. Dominic Village.

One common memory that residents can recall is the change in size of the Houston Zoo – the zoo has vastly grown from that first bison and continues to develop new changes and exhibits such as such as the Gorillas of the African Forest (opening Memorial Day weekend). Born and raised in Houston, 72-year-old Lynn […]

Looking Back with JoAnne Driscoll

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Very few people can say that they were a member of three important zoo organizations. Born in Pittsburgh, 79-year-old JoAnne Driscoll, a resident at Treemont Retirement Community, was an active member on the docent council, raised funds as a Zoo Friend, and served on the Zoological Society of Houston. It is easy to say that […]

Looking Back with Charlotte Taylor

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Charlotte Taylor. Photo courtesy of St. Dominic Village.

St. Dominic Village resident Charlotte Taylor, who is 88 years old, may not be Houston-born, but she and her husband shared a love for the zoo just like any native Houstonian would. Born in Beaumont, TX, she recalled some of the fond memories she has of the zoo, and spoke about how her husband was […]

A Look Back into the Past with Houston Residents

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Ann Palmeira. Photo courtesy of St. Dominic Village.

To think that it all started with a bison named Earl that was donated by a traveling circus in 1922. A fence was then erected in Hermann Park to house various assortments of snakes, birds, and alligators purchased by the City of Houston. The Houston Zoo will turn 100 years old in 2022, and while […]

Remembering M’kubwa

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After a 10 year absence, the Houston Zoo will be getting gorillas once again, in 2015. Just 10 years ago, though, a beloved resident of the Zoo, our last gorilla, passed away. His name was M’kubwa, affectionately known as Mac. And at the time, he was the only Grauer’s gorilla (or Eastern Lowland gorilla) in […]

There’s a hippo on a what?

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Over the Houston Zoo’s 90 years, we’ve answered many calls for assistance from law enforcement agencies and animal care agencies.  The Zoo answers the call from our area sheriffs’ departments (Harris, Montgomery, Brazoria) for  exotic animal emergencies. We also have a long history of assisting the Houston SPCA with exotic animal cases providing expert evaluations of animals’ conditions […]

Werler’s World

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A Houston Chronicle op-ed on Sunday, February 10 included a bit of previously unknown history about the Houston Zoo and the late Zoo Director John Werler. Janice Van Dyke Walden’s op-ed (Camp Strake property deserves to remain a natural oasis amid suburban growth) included the notation that “the first Canebrake rattlesnake to be registered in […]

Sisters of the Skillet and other diversions

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The Houston Zoo was a popular destination for Houstonians almost from the day it opened in 1922.  As word of head zoo keeper Hans Nagel’s ‘showmanship’ began to spread, attendance steadily climbed.  His Sunday afternoon big cat training demonstrations in The Arena drew large crowds through the ’20s and into the ‘Great Depression’ days of the […]

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