Stories in the ‘Going Green’ Category

Houston Zoo is Ditching Plastic Bags

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Going Green


On July 1, we will begin asking shoppers to find alternate ways to take their merchandise home from the Zoo’s Gift Shop. Why you ask? Plastic pollution is harmful to wildlife such as sea turtles and pelicans. Known to many as “the world’s most preventable problem,” plastic pollution has grown exponentially over the last 50 […]

Science Made Simple: Is Using Recycled Paper Really That Important?

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Going Green,Science Made Simple,Zoo News

My name is Ryan and I love science. Join me as I try to make tough science a little less confusing. Follow along as I research the issues, untangle the mess, and figure out what you really need to know to help animals and the environment.   Today’s Topic: Is Using Recycled Paper Really That Important? […]

Plastic Recycling and the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Children's Zoo,Going Green,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

These floating bags look like edible jellyfish to wildlife.

As a leader in conservation, the Houston Zoo has decided to focus our efforts on 6 new initiatives.  They are as follows: Cell Phone Recycling Paper Recycling Plastic Recycling Seafood Watch Palm Oil Pollinators You will be seeing information on all of these topics, but today we will focus on plastics. According to the EPA, […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Your Next Seafood Dinner Can Help the Ocean

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Going Green,Sea Turtles

Spotted eagle rays-Photo courtesy of Nat Geo

Sometimes, I get a minute at my desk to read over the  highly informative and educational journals/magazines/publications that relate to protecting animals and their habitats. Today, I had the opportunity to read the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 2nd Edition of Turning the Tide (The State of Seafood) publication. Many of you may not have access to […]

Thank You Spider, for Killing the Bugs That Bug Us

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Going Green,Insects


Poor spiders! They seem to be at or near the top of most folks’ list of creepy crawly icky things that they don’t want anywhere near them. They usually make the sides of pest control vans too, even though they’re practically the opposite of a pest. Spiders never infest your food supplies, but they eat […]

Wildlife Heroes is an awesome book, and we have the author coming to the Zoo!

Posted by in Amphibians,Be a Conservation Hero,Birds,Carnivores,Chimpanzees,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Elephants,Endangered Species,Field Research,Going Green,Gorillas,Orangutans,Pollinators,Rhinos,Sea Turtles

Join us on May 19th and 20th for Wildlife Heroes weekend at the Houston Zoo.  On May 20th we welcome Jeff Flocken, co-author of Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals they are Committed to Saving for a book-signing and presentations by zoo staff on the focus species of the book. Wildlife Heroes will […]