Stories in the ‘Community-Based Conservation’ Category

Saving Sea Turtles in the Gulf – Part 1

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,News from the Wild,Reptiles,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

Turtle excluder devices help protect sea turtles, like this guy, from shrimp nets!

Greetings from Panama City! The Houston Zoo recently visited Florida with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to test turtle excluder devices (TEDs) for fisheries across the globe to incorporate into their shrimp nets. These TEDs are critical – and required by federal law – to ensure the safety of sea turtles […]

Houstonians are Saving Rhinos in the Wild

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Rhinos,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News

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A young Houstonian is doing all she can to save her favorite animals in the wild.  Sophie held a bake sale in her local Houston neighborhood and this was the invitation that was sent out last month. “Well, I love rhinos (among other zoo animals)! And I just discovered that I love baking! Combine those […]

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 […]

Magnificent Madagascar Turtles!

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This post was written by Bailey Cheney. If you’ve stopped by the ring-tailed lemur exhibit at Wortham World of Primates recently, you might have seen some turtles basking in the sun. Often, while keepers feed the lemurs, they get asked if they’re real turtles. This is because the turtles sit perfectly still as they enjoy the […]

Working with Conservation Partners in the Galapagos Islands

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Educators participate in an activity about their unique islands led by our partners at Ecology Project International

The Houston Zoo is proud to partner with organizations around the world that actively save wildlife. We have been working in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador for many years, providing expertise in veterinary medicine as well as environmental education. This past week, Houston Zoo staff visited the Galapagos to help facilitate a 3-day workshop with […]

Houston Zoo Guests are Helping to Save Sharks in the Wild

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When visiting the zoo you may see our sharks, rays and sea turtles. The ocean is close to Houston’s heart with the Gulf of Mexico just down the road and keeping the ocean healthy is a high priority to the Houston Zoo and sharks do just that.  This misunderstood species works hard to keep a healthy balance […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest Blogger Carolyn Jess is Back to Talk About Ocelots

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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 […]

Action for Apes Groups Are Making A Difference!

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There is a little over a month left in our 2015 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge, which means there is still time to participate! We are up to 26 local Houston schools and organizations who are recycling cell phones to help save gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild! These 26 groups have an estimated […]

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