Stories in the ‘News from the Wild’ Category

Saving Sea Turtles in the Gulf – Part 1

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,News from the Wild,Reptiles,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

Turtle excluder devices help protect sea turtles, like this guy, from shrimp nets!

Greetings from Panama City! The Houston Zoo recently visited Florida with our partners at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to test turtle excluder devices (TEDs) for fisheries across the globe to incorporate into their shrimp nets. These TEDs are critical – and required by federal law – to ensure the safety of sea turtles […]

Working with Pacific Bird Conservation

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Global Conservation,News from the Wild,Staff in the Wild

Star Air to Tinian

Steve Howard is in the Northern Mariana Islands, working with Pacific Bird Conservation to protect birds and blogging about his experience. This post was written by Steve Howard The adventure begins! Sort of. I’m on my way to the Northern Mariana Islands to work with Pacific Bird Conservation. We’ll be moving birds (Tinian Monarchs and Bridled […]

Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,News from the Wild,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News


The African painted dog is one the most distant relatives of the domestic dog and one of the most endangered carnivores in Africa.  With only around 3000 animals left in the wild they are a critically endangered species.  The Houston Zoo houses two beautiful African Painted dogs and is committed to saving their wild counterparts […]

Houston Zoo, Patricia Medici, & The Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative

Posted by in Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,News from the Wild,Zoo News


The four living tapir species occur in the tropics of Central America (Baird’s tapir), South America (lowland tapir, mountain tapir), and Southeast Asia (Malayan tapir).  The lowland tapir has the broadest range of the four species extending from north-central Colombia and east of the Andes throughout most of tropical South America down to north-eastern Argentina […]

The Lemurs of Madagascar

Posted by in Global Conservation,Mammals,News from the Wild,Staff in the Wild,Zoo News

lemur group

Lemurs are a unique kind of primate and may resemble a cross between a cat and a squirrel. All lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar off the East Coast of Africa. There, new lemur species are still being discovered with now over 100 recorded to date. Lemurs range in size, shape and specialty; ring-tailed lemurs are the size of […]