Stories in the ‘Aquatic Animals’ Category

Snaring is Not Only an Exotic Problem

Posted by in African Forest,Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Texas Conservation

sea turtle

Several times during the year, you can find Houston Zoo staff scouring the beaches of Galveston. All too often, trash, especially plastic products, is improperly disposed of and ends up in our waterways and the surrounding areas. What many people do not know is that these items can prove deadly to local wildlife. Plastics can […]

Houston Zoo Sea Lion Team Works to Remove Marine Debris

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

This is a monofilament bin located on the Surfside jetty.

This post was written by Sophia Darling A few Sundays ago, on March 29th, Houston Zoo sea lion team members Sophia Darling and Heather Crane, along with zoo volunteer Dale Martin, traveled down to the Surfside Jetty for the sea lion team’s monthly jetty cleanup. The Surfside jetty is a high volume fishing area, and […]

Plastic Recycling and the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Children's Zoo,Going Green,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

These floating bags look like edible jellyfish to wildlife.

As a leader in conservation, the Houston Zoo has decided to focus our efforts on 6 new initiatives.  They are as follows: Cell Phone Recycling Paper Recycling Plastic Recycling Seafood Watch Palm Oil Pollinators You will be seeing information on all of these topics, but today we will focus on plastics. According to the EPA, […]

Fish of the Week – Post #2

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Zoo News

jerk chicken

You may have heard about sustainable seafood and know which choices to make, but if you haven’t, no worries – we will break it down for you! Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild-caught or farm-raised that not only sustains current populations, but thrives over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested […]

Turtle Tuesday!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Events,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation

Giant jellyfish on the Texas Coast!

Yesterday, Houston Zoo staff participated in NOAA’s weekly beach survey, looking for injured or sick sea turtles on Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island and all the way to Surfside! This survey can take anywhere from 9-15 hours, but is vital in ensuring that any sea turtles on our local beaches are accounted for, and cared for […]

Fish of the Week – Post #1

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News

fish tacos

You may have heard about sustainable seafood and know which choices to make, but if you haven’t, no worries – we will break it down for you! Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild-caught or farm-raised that not only sustains current populations, but thrives over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested […]

Sabinga’s Updates: Wildlife Protection Efforts Near the Ocean

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Guest Blogger Series,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Sabinga is in the United States participating in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). The Community College Initiative Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Northern Virginia Community […]

Sharks: They’re Not So Scary

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News

The view from below the water at Shark Ray Alley.  The object in the middle is called a BRUV (Baited Remote Underwater Video).  It attracts the sharks, rays, and fish so they can be viewed at a safe distance and also records the feeding for scientific analysis later.

Sharks, stingrays, whale sharks and anything ocean-related are near and dear to my heart. I’ve had a love for the ocean and water for as long as I can remember, so for me to pick an ocean related conservation project was a no-brainer. When Dr. Rachel Graham with MarAlliance came to the Zoo in May […]

Keep an Eye Out For Cold Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

Green sea turtles often wash onto our shores when the temperature drops drastically. Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to report a sea turtle that you suspect is cold-stunned or injured!

When the temperature changes quickly in our typically hot and humid environment, humans aren’t the only ones who get chilly. Sea turtles often times become “cold stunned” during extreme temperature changes. They are accustomed to warmer water temperatures, and if a cold front comes in quickly and unexpectedly, they don’t have the time to move […]

Help Us Clean Up the Galveston Beach – Saturday, Aug. 23

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Endangered Species,Going Green,Texas Tortugas

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We’re organizing a beach clean-up day and need your help! Come volunteer with us as we work to make Galveston beaches a little cleaner.   When: Saturday, August, 23, 2014   8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Where: We will be meeting across the street from “The Spot” restaurant near the Pleasure Pier (3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550) Clean […]

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