Stories in the ‘Be a Conservation Hero’ Category

Houston Zoo is Ditching Plastic Bags

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Going Green


On July 1, we will begin asking shoppers to find alternate ways to take their merchandise home from the Zoo’s Gift Shop. Why you ask? Plastic pollution is harmful to wildlife such as sea turtles and pelicans. Known to many as “the world’s most preventable problem,” plastic pollution has grown exponentially over the last 50 […]

Protect the Pack!

Posted by in African Forest,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Global Conservation

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African painted dogs face many threats in the wild.  One of the largest dangers to dogs is snaring.  Poachers set up snares in the bush, meaning to capture animals for bush meat.  However, snares are indiscriminant and capture more than what they are intended for. Conservationists in Zimbabwe discovered that specialized radio collars can help […]

Saving the World’s Most Critically Endangered Antelope

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Zoo News

Houston Zoo partner, Hirola Conservation Program, is working hard to save a beautiful and unique antelope called a hirola. This species is endemic (only found in a small area) to northeastern Kenya and southwest Somalia, and they are critically endangered. The latest aerial survey in 2011 estimated that only 300-500 hirola are left! Read on to learn about hirola and what the […]

Over 1,500 Cell Phones Recycled During Action for Apes Challenge!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Recycling Electronics,Zoo News


We have just concluded our 2015 Action for Apes Challenge, during which 1,562 cell phones and other handheld electronic devices were recycled! Over 30 schools, businesses and community groups around Texas competed to see who could recycle the most cell phones by April 30th, 2015. Each cell phone that was recycled is an action taken […]

Guest Blogger Carolyn Jess is Back to Talk About Endangered Species Day

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Guest Blogger Series,Zoo News


We have invited Carolyn Jess back to help us out as guest blogger in 2015 with a focus on native wildlife. Jess is a 13 year old student who has agreed to be our special guest blogger about wildlife conservation. Carolyn was awarded the Alban Heiser Conservation Award in 2014, presented to her by Jack […]

What is Coltan? What is Tantalum? How You Can Help!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Community-Based Conservation,Global Conservation,Primates,Recycling Electronics,Zoo News

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Written by Joshua Cano Did you know that you can help tens of thousands of animals in the wild with one simple action? In today’s world almost everyone has some type of electronic device. You are most likely reading this blog on your personal computer, tablet or cell phone. These and most other electronic devices […]

Plants, Pollinators, and Pansies

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Pollinators,Zoo News


Springtime is finally here, which means that vibrant and colorful plants and flowers that we love are finally in bloom! During this time, several species of plants are starting to blossom throughout the zoo, including those in the butterfly garden, the carnivorous plants, Chinese Fringe trees, and Ground Orchids just to name a few – […]

Love Seafood? Check Out These Recipes for Sustainable Seafood!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Zoo News

By now you have heard us talk about sustainable seafood and why it is important to be mindful when choosing which seafood to eat and which options are best to avoid. Embracing the use of sustainable seafood is one of the best ways we can all contribute to our oceans’ health, and we have three […]

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 […]

Our Little Jumping Bean!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Be a Conservation Hero,Featured Creatures,Primates,Zoo News

Written By Joshua Cano If you have been to the zoo recently and gone to the mandrill exhibit, you have probably seen our little bundle of joy hopping around the exhibit next to mom.  Annabelle is now 5 months old! She is the first offspring of Louise (mom) and Ushindi (dad).  Annabelle’s birth here at […]

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