Stories in the ‘Endangered Species’ 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 […]

Saving Sea Turtles on our Local Piers

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Pier Signs in Galveston detailing how to help sea turtles

An exciting program called the Responsible Pier Initiative has come to Galveston! This program is managed by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida. Our friends at Turtle Island Restoration Network, NOAA, the Galveston Parks Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife and Texas A & M Galveston all played a role in the installation of […]

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 […]

More than 50 Endangered Sea Turtles Set for Release

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On Wednesday May 27, NOAA Fisheries, the Houston Zoo and Moody Gardens will release 51 sea turtles at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. Forty-nine of the turtles are Kemp’s ridleys and were part of a group brought in last December after suffering from the cold in Cape Cod, New England. The Boston Aquarium sent the […]

The Houston Zoo is Protecting African Painted Dogs in the Wild!

Posted by in Carnivores,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Mammals,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

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The Houston Zoo loves its African Painted dogs and is committed to doing whatever we can to save them in the wild!  We partner with organizations that work tirelessly to ensure the protection of painted dogs in Africa and we strive to enhance their incredible work by providing many forms of support. Next week we will be […]

Keep an Eye Out For Cold Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

Green sea turtles often wash onto our shores when the temperature drops drastically. Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to report a sea turtle that you suspect is cold-stunned or injured!

When the temperature changes quickly in our typically hot and humid environment, humans aren’t the only ones who get chilly. Sea turtles often times become “cold stunned” during extreme temperature changes. They are accustomed to warmer water temperatures, and if a cold front comes in quickly and unexpectedly, they don’t have the time to move […]

There’s More in That Chocolate Than You Think

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Halloween is right around the corner, which means lots of candies and chocolates for me to eat trick-or-treaters. You’re probably familiar with the idea that some ingredients in our food might not be healthy for humans. But what if some ingredients pose a danger to animals? Palm Oil – Oil Palm…What? I’m going to give you […]

Pictures Are Worth More Than Just Words

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Joel Sartore is no stranger to the Houston Zoo. We’ve been fortunate enough to host Joel multiple times as he works on his Photo Ark, photographing animals to document biodiversity. We’ve even traveled alongside Joel to Vietnam, visiting a variety of rehabilitation and rescue centers to take photos of some of the rarest species in captivity. Along […]

YOU Can Help Animals in the Wild-Say No To Products Made From Exotic Animals!

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Help save rhinos and other animals in the wild by always saying no to exotic animal products!

At the Houston Zoo, we are proud to exhibit some of the world’s most amazing animals! In addition to providing excellent care for our animals at the zoo, we are committed to saving animals in the wild.  We depend heavily on our staff, volunteers, Board members and YOU (our guests and supporters) to help us […]

Help Us Clean Up the Galveston Beach – Saturday, Aug. 23

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Endangered Species,Going Green,Texas Tortugas


We’re organizing a beach clean-up day and need your help! Come volunteer with us as we work to make Galveston beaches a little cleaner.   When: Saturday, August, 23, 2014   8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Where: We will be meeting across the street from “The Spot” restaurant near the Pleasure Pier (3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550) Clean […]

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