Stories in the ‘Animal Care & Enrichment’ Category

Skunk Works Out in Giant Wheel, Gets Fit

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Animal Updates,Mammals

Lily the skunk was getting a bit round in the middle, and one of our amazing Houston Zoo volunteers came up with an ingenious solution – a giant wheel for her to jog in! Check out her workout: When Lily was about a year old, keeper Stephanie Turner noted she had begun to put on […]

Colobus Monkey Gets a Second Chance at Sight with Cataract Surgery

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Animal Updates,Mammals,Primates,Veterinary Care


This post written by Bailey Cheney of the Houston Zoo Primate Department. We first realized that Caesar, our geriatric Eastern black and white Colobus monkey, was losing his sight around January of 2013. It started off with one of the keepers realizing that his eyes were a little cloudy. Then we noticed that he was […]

Zoo Keepers Celebrated During Honorary Week

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Behind the Scenes,Meet the Staff

cheetah walk

The Houston Zoo employs more than 150 Zoo keepers who passionately care for the animals at the Zoo. This week, we’re celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week and we’ll be posting daily keeper spotlights right here on the Zoo Blog. From designing enrichment programs and overseeing medical care to cleaning exhibits and implementing positive reinforcement training, […]

Wombat Update from Ali and Kevin in Australia

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Featured Creatures

wombat cuddle

You may have already heard: The Houston Zoo will soon be home to wombats! Two of our wonderful employees Ali and Kevin are in Australia right now learning lots of information about wombats. Here’s our latest communication with Ali and Kevin. Hello again from down under! Kevin and I have been learning a lot about […]

How Does Your Bracket Compare to a Sea Lion’s?

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Zoo News

UPDATE: Here are Jonah’s picks! How does your bracket compare? Yes, you read that correctly. This year, Jonah the sea lion is creating his own bracket. He’s been practicing in our own Houston Zoo basketball camp just for sea lions (Not actually a real thing and totally just for fun) and we feel pretty confident […]

From Orangutans to Chuckwallas: Elderly Animals at the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Featured Creatures,Primates

Cheyenne and adopted baby Aurora spend some time together outside

The Houston Zoo has seen quite a number of animal births lately, and as a result there are quite a few adorable baby animals! Baby elephant Duncan, baby giraffe Baridi, and even a baby whitespotted bamboo shark have been born recently. As we mentioned in our last blog, babies are cute – but there are […]

Elderly Animals at the Houston Zoo: Carnivore “Golden Girls”

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Carnivores,Featured Creatures,Mammals

When you think of carnivores like jaguars and bears, what comes to mind? Sharp teeth and claws, perhaps? Maybe you wouldn’t want to run into them in a dark alley? This is true, but at the Houston Zoo, they have something else in common – ours are getting up there in years, and they have […]

Elderly Animals at the Houston Zoo: of Sloths and Mole-rats

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Featured Creatures,Natural Encounters

You’ve probably been hearing a lot of news lately about the babies being born at the Zoo – we’re expecting a baby elephant any day now, and we’ve just helped welcome into the world a number of amazing arrivals, including a De Brazza’s guenon, sifaka, and quite the bevy of flamingo chicks. What doesn’t make […]

How Our Primates Get Their Grub On

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Primates

One of the most important duties that zookeepers have is to make sure that the animals in their care are engaging in “species-typical behavior.” This means that we want our animals to behave in the Zoo the same way they behave in nature. And, in nature, a good portion of a primate’s day is spent […]

December 12: Give the Gift of Grub, and Get Some Grub Too!

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Help give the Gift of Grub by grabbing your own grub at Chipotle on Thursday, December 12! Bring a printout of the this flyer or show it on your smartphone (must show flyer for proceeds to benefit Houston Zoo) at any Houston area Chipotle, anytime on December 12, and 50% of the proceeds of your […]

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