Stories in the ‘Endangered Species’ Category

Clouded Leopard Cubs Born at the Zoo!

Posted by in Births and Arrivals,Carnivores,Endangered Species,Mammals,Zoo News

Clouded Leopard Cubs

Friday, June 6 was an exciting day at the Houston Zoo as we welcomed two clouded leopard cubs to our family. The unnamed male cubs were born after an unassisted, one-hour labor.  After a healthy proclamation by our chief veterinarian, zookeepers began steps to hand-raise the cubs.  The cubs began successfully nursing from a bottle […]

Attwater’s prairie chicks are here!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Behind the Scenes,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

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The Houston Zoo has already hatched 209 Attwater’s prairie chicks this Spring! All of these guys have made it through to the next stage of their lives and will stay with us here at the Zoo until they are ready for release as strong juveniles into the wild! Attwater’s prairie chickens are vanishing from the coastal […]

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 […]

New Painted Dog Collar Saves Them From Snare Wire Traps

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Mammals,Zoo News


Animals in the wild are faced with dangers every day. Many of those dangers are man-made. African painted dogs are the second most endangered carnivore in Africa and are frequent prey to the snares set up by poachers. The poachers are not particularly interested in the dogs, but are after animals like antelope to sell […]

Waiting for departure

Posted by in Birds,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Global Conservation,Staff in the Wild

Our humble quarantine area for the birds

We have to hold the birds going back to the US in a quarantine situation for 7 days prior to departure.  The hotel room we are using qualifies as an appropriate quarantine area.  We also have to work with Guam and Hawaii to get import permits – as both these areas are very strict about […]

I wish I could eat that much….

Posted by in Bird Conservation in Saipan,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

I spend my day looking at GOWE poop

After we trap all the birds we are hoping to get, we end up with a room of 14 MAFD and 24 GOWE. Each day then becomes fairly routine, feed and monitor all the birds to make sure they are eating, pooping, and acting normally.  I spend a great deal of time each day looking […]

Vet checks and Hotel Room Surgery

Posted by in Bird Conservation in Saipan,Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Staff in the Wild

Weight check on a MAFD (yes, we put them in a stocking to weigh them)

Since we are split between the 2 islands this year, I set-up the birds by my-self.  In previous years, I have worked as part of a team.  A zoo veterinarian and I would process the birds together.  We would get the birds in and do a quick physical exam, blood sample (via a toenail clip), […]

My 200-mile a day commute

Posted by in Bird Conservation in Saipan,Birds,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Zoo News

Bird Island at Sunrise

Each time a bird is caught it is placed in a field crate and held until it can be transported to the bird room. It is 12.4 miles from the hotel to the dove trap site. It is .6 miles between the dove site and the GOWE site. I have put over 200 miles on the rental car […]

Home to One of the World’s Most Endangered Primates

Posted by in Endangered Species,Field Research,Global Conservation,Primates,Staff in the Wild

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There is a mystique to Van Long Nature Reserve and an old legend of the cliffs in this region. While passing the highest mountain, a fairy saw the charming landscape and stopped to behold it. She met and fell in love with a poor man who lived on the mountain. Due to their love they […]

Of Pangolins and Civets in Vietnam

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News


The Houston Zoo recognizes that strategic partnerships strengthen our ability to save animals in the wild.  We began our partnership with an organization called The Photo Ark in 2010.   It was founded by National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore.  The goal of the Photo Ark is to photo document and display all of the world’s captive […]

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