Stories in the ‘Animal Care & Enrichment’ Category

Ni Hao from China: Houston Zoo Interacting with Animals Around the World (Update #4)

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Staff in the Wild,Travel

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Two members of the Houston Zoo team, Tarah Jacobs and Kevin Hodge, are currently in China. Tarah and Kevin are working with Chinese Zoos and blogging about their experience abroad. This post was written by Kevin Hodge. After a 2.5 hour flight from Hangzhou we arrived in Chengdu. We were greeted at the airport by […]

Ni Hao from China: Houston Zoo Interacting with Animals Around the World (Update #3)

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Staff in the Wild,Travel

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Two members of the Houston Zoo team, Tarah Jacobs and Kevin Hodge, are currently in China. Tarah and Kevin are working with Chinese Zoos and blogging about their experience abroad. This post was written by Kevin Hodge. Our week in Hangzhou has ended. Over the course of the workshop we discussed training, enrichment and exhibit […]

Year of the Goat- Featuring Raisin Bran and Bailey

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Zoo News

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In honor of the Chinese animal zodiac, we’re celebrating the Year of the Goat! We have over 20 different goats representing 5 different breeds. In addition to their different colors, shapes, and sizes, all of our goats also express individual preferences and personalities! To highlight our goats individual ‘flair’, we’ve decided to feature a different goat each month and share what […]

Ni Hao from China: Houston Zoo Interacting with Animals Around the World (Continued)

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Staff in the Wild,Travel

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Two members of the Houston Zoo team, Tarah Jacobs and Kevin Hodge, are currently in China. Tarah and Kevin are working with Chinese Zoos and blogging about their experience abroad. This post was written by Kevin Hodge. Today with the class we decided to pick a section of the Zoo that was most in need […]

Binturong Spotlight on Species – Saturday, May 9

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Events,Zoo News

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This piece written by Sydney Fitzpatrick  In the forests of southeast Asia there lives a shy animal that is vitally important to its rainforest ecosystem.  It is known by a name most people have heard of, but few people knew really existed.  Interested yet? That animal is the binturong, also known as a bearcat, a […]

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 […]

Baylor College of Medicine Offers Big Help to Komodo Dragon, Smaug

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Reptiles,Veterinary Care,Zoo News

This piece written by Dipail Pathak, Baylor College of Medicine Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Zoo previously have collaborated on researching the elephant herpes virus and are now partnering again to help another zoo resident, a 16-year-old Komodo dragon named Smaug. Baylor faculty in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program have been working closely with […]

Year of the Goat – Featuring Peep

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Children's Zoo,Featured Creatures,Zoo News

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Peep, the Goat We hope that you had a happy Easter! It just so happens that April’s Goat of the Month is Peep! She and her twin brother, Cadbury, were born on 3/27/2005, which just happened to be Easter Sunday! Peep the goat is not named after the sound that a fluffy, yellow baby chicken […]

Houston Community Comes Swinging in to Help Our Orangutans!

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

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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 […]

Monkey & Ape Weights: Our Need to Know

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Behind the Scenes,Mammals,Primates,Zoo News

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Zoos all over the world now regularly weigh animals under their care. How does one weigh a huge orangutan or a tiny tamarin? Well, training your critter to sit on a scale is the first part, and patience is the second part. Oh, and a nice treat as a reward is the last (and best part) as […]

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