Stories in the ‘Sea Turtles’ Category

Texas Sea Turtles Getting Checkups and Returning to the Wild!

Posted by in Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sargassum buildup on the Galveston beaches. Unfortunately, trash often washes in during sargassum events as well as wildlife!

This week was a busy one for sea turtles on our coast-and it’s been this way for pretty much the entire summer! On Monday, Houston Zoo staff assisted NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with their weekly beach survey. It was a fairly quiet day in the way of turtles on the beach, but we […]

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


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 […]

Houston Zoo Facilities Staff Saving Sea Turtles!

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

Sea turtle awareness sign designed by the Zoo

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 […]

Turtle: Success!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Events,Global Conservation,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

Did you know we have turtles living in exhibits with our primates? At the orangutan exhibit staff told guests about the turtles who live in the moat!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Zoo this past Saturday, March 1st for our Save a Turtle Saturday event! We had such a great turnout for the Member Morning at the Aquarium and throughout the day. We can’t wait to celebrate turtles with you again next year! Some highlights from the day: […]

Join us for Save a Turtle Saturday-March 1st!

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Events,Global Conservation,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Reptiles,Sea Turtles

Find out how Dr. Joe Flanagan has saved sea turtles on the Texas Coast during a special Q&A at the Members Morning on March 1st!

There is no shortage of events here at the Houston Zoo and we are gearing up to talk all about turtles on Saturday, March 1st from 8:00am to noon. Join us for this special event on Zoo grounds highlighting turtles and tortoises, big to small, and learn how you can help save these awesome reptiles […]

Save a Turtle Saturday in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Reptiles,Sea Turtles

Geometric Tortoise

Saturday, March 1, the Houston Zoo will be celebrating Save a Turtle Saturday!   The Naturally Wild Swap Shop will be participating along with the other activities going on though out the zoo. On Save a Turtle Saturday, any item involving turtles or how plastic pollution affects them will receive double points. That includes: – Turtle […]

Save A Turtle Saturday!

Posted by in Meet the Staff,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Big headed turtle 3

Save a Turtle Saturday March 1, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. On Saturday, March 1,  the  Zoo will host a special event called Save a Turtle Saturday. Guests will be able to learn how the Houston Zoo works to save turtles around the world, and find out how people can make a difference to […]

Texas Turtle Update!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

A sea turtle sign with no....SIGN!

Houston Zoo staff joined employees of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) during Monday’s weekly sea turtle survey. We began the morning with LOTS of fog as we jumped on the ferry to get to Bolivar Peninsula. Unfortunately, when we arrived on the peninsula and started looking for sea turtles we found that a few […]

Sea Turtle Rescued After Being Stunned By The Cold!

Posted by in Conservation News,Field Research,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Green sea turtle rescued from being cold stunned on the Texas Coast. If you see a sea turtle on the beach call 1-866-TURTLE-5.

Cold weather may be welcomed during the holidays to give us that festive feel, however our native wildlife doesn’t always cope well with a sudden drop in temperature. Reptiles (like sea turtles) are cold blooded, so they get their warmth from the environment. This is opposite of animals like us (mammals)-we are able to generate […]

Sea Turtles Get Check-ups at the Zoo!

Posted by in Conservation News,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Green sea turtle who was entangled in fishing line at the end of this summer. This turtle lost one flipper but can survive with the remaining 3.

2 sea turtles visited the Houston Zoo today for a check-up by our Veterinary Staff. Both were green sea turtles that came in from the wild with injuries. The first green turtle is one that was found late summer completely entangled in fishing line (in fact, the turtle was still attached to a fishing pole […]

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