Stories in the ‘Bugs’ Category

Pollinator Pals in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Birds,Bugs,Horticulture,Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

Drake planting passion flower

Meet the first of the Houston Zoo’s Pollinator Pals!  Ollie, Drake and Ginger are regular traders in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, and now they are also Pollinator Pals! They each picked out the plant they wanted to grow and what pollinators they wanted to attract. Ollie planted hyacinth bean to attract hummingbirds, Drake planted […]

Carnivorous Plant Garden Opens May 16

Posted by in Bugs,Carnivores,Horticulture,Insects,Zoo News


We all know that the Houston Zoo has lots of carnivores, right?   Lions, tigers, bears, foxes and many more. But, did you know that even some of the plants on grounds are carnivorous? The Zoo’s amazing Horticulture Department is opening a new carnivorous plant garden! The grand opening will be May 16. This wonderful garden […]

The Importance of Pollinators

Posted by in Bugs,Children's Zoo,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

Pollinators - source USDA Forest Service

Pollinating insects are a crucial part of the health and well-being of our planet. They enable plants to set seed and reproduce, driving the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems and providing us with fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, spices, coffee and fiber for clothing (to name a few items we can’t live without).   But did you know that […]

Pollinators and The Naturally Wild Swap Shop

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A gecko about to pollinate a tropical flower

Pollinators – what are they and why are they important? A pollinator is an animal that helps a flowering plant complete its life-cycle by picking up pollen from one flower and moving it to another of the same type.  This fertilizes the plant, allowing it to form seeds for the next generation. Why does that […]

The Buzz on the Bug House

Posted by in Arachnids,Bugs,Zoo News


Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means – bugs, and lots of them! Last May, the Houston Zoo unveiled its Bug House with the new wombat exhibit as part of the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo. With more than 30 different species of invertebrates living in the Bug House and […]

Science Made Simple: Pollinators

Posted by in Bugs,Pollinators,Science Made Simple,Zoo News


My name is Ryan and I love science. Join me as I try to make tough science…not so tough. Follow along as I research the issues, untangle the mess, and figure out what you really need to know to help animals and the environment. Today’s Topic: Pollinators Confusing Science: In the United States, the economic monetary […]

Bug House Now Open

Posted by in Animal Updates,Bugs,Insects,Zoo News

The Bug House is open! Excuse our excitement, but this is a bug big deal!   Our Bug House is a brand new exhibit that is solely dedicated to showcasing bugs and why they are so important to our ecosystem. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the colorful beetles, centipedes, millipedes, stick insects, […]