Stories in the ‘Chimpanzees’ Category

Happy Birthday Willie!!!

Posted by in African Forest,Animal Care & Enrichment,Animal Updates,Chimpanzees,Mammals,Primates,Zoo News

The Houston Zoo is wishing chimpanzee Willie a very Happy Birthday! Over the past five years, since the opening of the chimpanzee exhibit in 2010, we have watched as Willie has grown from a playful juvenile chimpanzee to a mature adult chimpanzee. During this past year, he has risen in rank to become the dominant […]

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

willie chimp

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 […]

Houston Community Comes Swinging in to Help Our Orangutans!

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Behind the Scenes,Chimpanzees,Orangutans,Zoo News


Post by Tammy Buhrmester What do firemen, Girl Scouts, and primate keepers all have in common? They all played a role in helping the Houston Zoo orangutans swing around their exhibit. The orangutans at the Houston Zoo needed more ways to swing and climb. Previously, we used thick ropes strung across the exhibit, but between the […]

Action for Apes Challenge is in Full Swing

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Zoo News


Our 2015 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge is off to a great start! The Action for Apes Challenge is a community-wide cell phone recycling contest to help save gorillas in the wild. So far we have 21 Houston area groups who have signed up for the 2015 Challenge! These groups are from all around […]

Dickinson High School Takes Home 1st Place in 2014 Action for Apes Challenge!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Going Green,Gorillas,Primates,Zoo News


We have just concluded our 2014 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge and it was incredibly successful with 49 local Houston schools and organizations participating! Over 25,000 participants were involved in this challenge-recycling cell phones as quickly as they could by APE-ril 30th, 2014 to join the Houston Zoo’s efforts to save gorillas and […]

~18,989 Houstonians Helping to Save Gorillas and Chimpanzees!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Gorillas,Primates


We are up to 36 local Houston schools and organizations who are recycling cell phones to help save gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild! These 36 groups have an estimated 18,989 people participating to save apes in the wild! Are you interested in participating in the 2014 Action for Apes Challenge? It’s easy and fun, […]

Six New Chimpanzees Make Their Public Debut!

Posted by in African Forest,Animal Updates,Chimpanzees

On October 30, 2013 6 chimpanzees found a new home at the Houston Zoo thanks to the combined efforts of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE, the Houston Zoo, and Curtis and Bea Shepperson, the chimps’ owners. The Sheppersons had been under pressure from officials in the Mechanicsville, Virginia area to relocate the chimpanzees because of […]

Be a Holiday Hero-Recycle Your Old Phone at Zoo Lights!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Events,Hero Series,Zoo News

Save chimps by recycling your old cell phone with us during Zoo Lights!

Did you know you could be a holiday animal hero just by visiting the Houston Zoo this holiday season for our 2nd annual Zoo Lights event? A portion of every ticket sold here at the Houston Zoo goes towards saving animals in the wild. I bet you didn’t know that as a Houston Zoo guest, […]

In Senegal, Helping Chimps

Posted by in Chimpanzees,Staff in the Wild

Zoo staff member Martha is in Senegal right now working with the Faleme Chimpanzee Conservation Project, and she’s sending us updates as she gets enough internet access to make that possible! Here are a few updates from Martha: We spent the last few days in very remote villages called Bofeto and Babouya, right in the […]

Protecting the Zoo’s Chimpanzee Counterparts in the Wild!

Posted by in Chimpanzees,Community-Based Conservation,Staff in the Wild

The Houston Zoo’s conservation purpose is to further the Houston Zoo’s mission of “fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world” by connecting the public to our efforts to save species in the wild.  Through our wildlife conservation projects and partnerships, which work to conserve the wild counterparts of our ambassador animals at the […]

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