Stories in the ‘Horticulture’ Category

Pollinator Pals in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Birds,Bugs,Horticulture,Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

Drake planting passion flower

Meet the first of the Houston Zoo’s Pollinator Pals!  Ollie, Drake and Ginger are regular traders in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, and now they are also Pollinator Pals! They each picked out the plant they wanted to grow and what pollinators they wanted to attract. Ollie planted hyacinth bean to attract hummingbirds, Drake planted […]

Carnivorous Plant Garden Opens May 16

Posted by in Bugs,Carnivores,Horticulture,Insects,Zoo News


We all know that the Houston Zoo has lots of carnivores, right?   Lions, tigers, bears, foxes and many more. But, did you know that even some of the plants on grounds are carnivorous? The Zoo’s amazing Horticulture Department is opening a new carnivorous plant garden! The grand opening will be May 16. This wonderful garden […]

Pollinators and The Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Bugs,Horticulture,Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators,Zoo News

A gecko about to pollinate a tropical flower

Pollinators – what are they and why are they important? A pollinator is an animal that helps a flowering plant complete its life-cycle by picking up pollen from one flower and moving it to another of the same type.  This fertilizes the plant, allowing it to form seeds for the next generation. Why does that […]

The oldest living thing at the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Horticulture,Zoo News


There are many living things within the boundaries of the Houston Zoo. Can you guess what the oldest living thing here is? The first thing a lot of people think of is perhaps a parrot, or a tortoise. There are days that the zookeepers work so hard they may feel like they are the oldest […]

Flamingo Flowers, Tapeworm Plants, and Toad Lilies?!

Posted by in Horticulture

Those snazzy LEGO® animals aren’t the only thing that you’ll marvel at when you visit Animals Assembled: A Safari Built with LEGO Bricks, Presented by Fiesta. When you visit, be sure to take a look at the plants that surround them, because they sure do tell a story. The story of these incredible plants came […]

An Oasis in the City

Posted by in Horticulture

Everyone that visits the Houston Zoo surely has an animal that they prefer over any other. People pick their favorite primate, favorite reptile, favorite underwater creature. But how about a favorite plant? The Houston Zoo is home to a lush and diverse array of tropical and native plants, flowers, trees, and various ground coverings. Our […]

Making a Difference With Palm Oil Free Candy

Posted by in Conservation News,Horticulture

Whether it be a holiday or any other excuse to purchase candies and chocolate, it is important to know exactly what you’re sinking your teeth into. The production of many familiar chocolates involves significant amounts of palm oil. Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil produced from the African oil palm tree (Elaeis […]

There’s a New Resident at the Houston Zoo and It’s Not an Animal!

Posted by in African Forest,Horticulture,Pollinators

There’s a new bud in town. We are happy to announce that our very own spunky and stinky corpse flower, Pewtunia, is about to bloom! Our fans know and love all the interesting, diverse and engaging animals that call the Houston Zoo home. However, an aspect of the Zoo that is sometimes overlooked is the incredibly maintained and varied […]

Gift of Grub Series: Browse on Zoo Grounds

Posted by in Feeding Our Animals,Horticulture

Please consider giving a year-end, tax-deductible gift of grub to help feed our animals in the coming year by clicking or our CONTRIBUTE tab on Facebook! This month-long series has mentioned so many kinds of foods that are bought or ordered by the commissary, then further prepared and dispensed by keepers. In almost each post you may […]

Rootball Enriches Drylands Inhabitants

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Horticulture,Natural Encounters

A horticulture left over is worth investigation by many Drylands inhabitants. Check out their reactions to the rootball.

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