Stories in the ‘Adaptations’ Category

Bee-lieve it or Not…

Posted by in Adaptations,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Events,Insects,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators,Primates,Reptiles

On the island of Madagascar, black and white ruffed lemurs are the main pollinators of traveler’s trees or traveler’s palm. These trees are typically 40-feet-high. They lemurs use their nimble hands to pull open the tough flower bracts. They stick their long snouts and tongues deep inside a tree’s flower. As a result, they collect […]

Bee-lieve it or Not…

Posted by in Adaptations,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Events,Insects,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators,Primates,Reptiles

What would a life without pollinators look like…Well a world with out chocolate!  That would be a pretty bleak world in my opinion.  Some of my favorite desserts are chocolate.  Others seem to agree because the chocolate industry brings in about $50 billion dollars a year worldwide! Who do we have to thank for our delicious treats?  […]

Bee-lieve it or Not…

Posted by in Adaptations,Birds,Conservation News,Events,Insects,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators,Primates,Reptiles

A fairly common bee in the Houston area is the leafcutter bee.  These bees are smaller than honeybees, grey and black, and a little bit fuzzy.  It’s easy to spot a female because the bright yellow pollen she collects from flowers is carried underneath her abdomen, not on her legs.  Leafcutter bees use leaves from […]

Bee-lieve it or Not…

Posted by in Adaptations,Birds,Conservation News,Events,Insects,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators,Primates,Reptiles

You may be familiar with our country’s most widely utilized pollinator, the European honeybee… but did you know there are about 4,000 species of bee that are native to the United States?  Compare that number to the 5,000+ species of mammal in the entire world. You can find about 200 bee species right here in Houston!  They […]

National Pollinator Week!

Posted by in Adaptations,Birds,Conservation News,Events,Insects,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Pollinators,Primates,Reptiles

  What is a reptile doing on a pollination page?  Well, normally we think of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds as the major pollinators of the world, but did you know…. – There are 37 different species of lizards known to pollinate plants – The seed production of agave plants (where tequila comes from) drops to […]

Shopping for Animals

Posted by in Adaptations,Chimpanzees

People often ask where we get our animals – do we buy them, catch them in the wild, go to the Amazon.com of the zoo world? Virtually all the animals you see in zoos today were born in captivity. Many species including chimpanzees, are managed by programs called Species Survival Plans or SSPs. An SSP […]

What IS that?

Posted by in Adaptations,Carnivores,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Mammals,Natural Encounters

“What is THAT??”   That’s a question we hear each time we take our binturong, Hannah, out for a public appearance. And it’s the reason behind why she’s here at the zoo.  Introducing our guests to species they’ve never encountered before is what we do best at Natural Encounters.  Binturongs are hard to describe, difficult to […]

Otterly Fantastic Facts

Posted by in Adaptations,Animal Care & Enrichment,Conservation News,Just for Kids,Mammals,Natural Encounters

North American River Otter

Otters in the wild spend 40-60% of their day foraging for food.  They are carnivores and may eat fish, crustaceans, shellfish, small mammals, birds, eggs, frogs, and turtles. Join the Houston Zoo as we unite with zoos across the country to celebrate Otterly Mad Week, Sunday, May 30 through Saturday, June 5.

North American River Otters

Posted by in Adaptations,Animal Care & Enrichment,Conservation News,Just for Kids,Mammals

North American river otters (Lontra canadensis) can be found near freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams all across the United States and Canada, including Texas.  Usually found living independently or in small family groups, they are recognizable by their long, streamlined bodies, webbed feet, and muscular tails.  Their short, dark brown fur can have 50,000 hairs […]

Otterly Mad Week

Posted by in Adaptations,Animal Care & Enrichment,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Just for Kids,Mammals,Natural Encounters

They’re cute, they’re playful, and they’re found all over the world, including right here in Texas.  So what are they? They’re otters! Join the Houston Zoo as we unite with zoos across the country to celebrate Otterly Mad Week, Sunday, May 30 through Saturday, June 5. Started last year by the International Otter Survival Fund, […]

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