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Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Conservation News,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

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Last year, our aquarium supervisor Mike Concannon embarked on a trip to Key Largo, Florida as part of the Staff Conservation Fund to assist in conservation and restoration for endangered and threatened coral species in the Florida Keys, established by the Coral Restoration Foundation. Since it is the Houston Zoo’s mission to bring conservation and awareness for […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 1

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Prior to arrival in the Keys, a lot of the details of my trip were worked out by Dive Operations Manager Pamela Hughes.  She was very accommodating and professional.  I can’t begin to express how easy she made this endeavor. Monday, May 19 2014 7 a.m. In speaking with Pamela Hughes of Coral Restoration Foundation […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 1 (Windley Key State Park)

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Windley Key State Park has great historical, cultural, geological, and biological significance to the area.  It is the site of a 20th century quarry for Key Largo limestone, which was used to build the Overseas Railroad.  Completed in 1912, the Overseas Railroad was the first terrestrial connection between the mainland of Florida and Key West.  […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 2

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Tuesday, May 20 11 a.m. I headed over to the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) Laboratory around 9 a.m. to do some prep work for our dives.  The CRF “Laboratory” is actually Ken’s former house.  It’s a bright two story building with a spawning laboratory on the first floor that is maintained by the Florida Aquarium.  […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 3

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Wednesday, May 21 9 p.m. We set out much earlier and made a stop at the Tavernier Nursery.  Corals had been staged the day before while I was fragging and cleaning.  This means they were either placed loose into the milk crate containers I constructed yesterday or were strung on staging trees in bundles of […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 4

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Thursday, May 22 6 p.m. We met up early again for a full day of diving.  Winds had died down quite a bit and the water was quite calm for the trip to the nursery.  Visibility was much improved and fish were everywhere.  I was finally able to take in the entire scene.  Countless coral […]

Our Aquarium Supervisor & His Mission to Save Coral Reefs – Day 5

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Friday, May 22 11 a.m. The Georgia Aquarium crew made an early trip to make a deep dive on a nearby wreck, while I stayed behind to make some coral trees.  The workshop is set up on Ken Nedimyer’s home property and consists of a couple of drill presses beneath sunshades.  Volunteer Jonathon Cole, and […]

Conservation All the Way from Central America

Posted by in Animal Updates,Behind the Scenes,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo is saving wildlife around the world.  We collaborate with people working in the wild to protect the counterparts of the animals we have at the Houston Zoo.  We have great admiration for our sharks, rays and turtles that live in our aquarium and we are passionate  about keeping these species safe in […]

Sabgina’s Updates: The Asian Elephants at the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Elephants,Mammals,Zoo News

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Elephants are the largest mammals on the land. Two species are traditionally recognized, African elephants and Asian elephants. They are slightly different; African elephants have large ears shaped similar to the continent of Africa while Asian elephants have small and rounded ears. African elephants are taller with a shoulder height between 9-13 feet while Asian […]

From the Wild: A Close Partnership All the Way From Rwanda

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CHT Staff, Left to Right: Innocent, Eric, Oliver and Valerie. Photo credit of CHT.

Written by: Valerie Akuredusenge Hi! My name is Valerie Akuredusenge, the Program Director of Conservation Heritage – Turambe, (CHT). I grew up in Gakenke District in the Northern Province of Rwanda. I began my journey in wildlife conservation as a tour guide, leading others through the dense rainforests of central Africa. I facilitated influential conservation experiences […]

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