Stories in the ‘Orangutans’ Category

Houston Community Comes Swinging in to Help Our Orangutans!

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


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 […]

Cheyenne’s Story: What Happens When a Zoo Animal Gets Sick?

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Orangutans,Veterinary Care,Zoo News

Cheyenne & Vascular Team 6.14

The Houston Zoo is very lucky to have a great veterinary team: a Director, a Manager, 4 Veterinarians, 3 Veterinary Technicians, and a myriad of other important players like zookeepers, purchasing and record-keeping staff. It takes a village to keep our animals healthy! Because of our continued, professional veterinary care at the zoo, the clinic staff’s […]

Buy your own Houston Zoo’s orangutan painted sun catchers to help save orangutans in the wild!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Endangered Species,Global Conservation,Orangutans,Primates,Zoo News


Come to the Houston Zoo to help us celebrate and learn about orangutans and their rainforest habitat.  International Orangutan Caring Week is observed globally from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17.  And during that same period, the Houston Zoo’s primate staff will conduct a Meet the Keeper Talk at the Wortham World of Primates orangutan habitat daily at 3:30 […]

Help the Houston Zoo save orangutans in the wild!

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Global Conservation,Orangutans


Asia’s only great ape, orangutans are one of the most endangered species.  Many experts believe orangutans will become extinct in the wild over the next 20 years.  Approximately 1,000 are thought to perish every year as the rainforests on which they depend are cut down for logging and palm oil production.  Originally some 300,000 orangutans […]


Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Orangutans

If you work in the world of wildlife (or even if you don’t), you are constantly hit with messages about the problems facing wildlife in every corner of the world. Sometimes, it’s hard to take it all in. If you feel this way-you are not alone. The truth is, nobody is perfect (including me!). Although […]

Why am I in Borneo? By Peter Riger, Vice-President of Conservation, Houston Zoo

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Elephants,Orangutans,Staff in the Wild,Travel

We have had three main partners in Sabah since 2004; 1) Hutan which runs the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project and Elephant Conservation Unit as well as a number of other programs. 2) Danau Girang Field Centre which is a partnership of the Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University.  They conduct field research with a focus […]

The Year in Blogs

Posted by in Amphibians,Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Be a Conservation Hero,Carnivores,Chimpanzees,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Elephants,Gorillas,Orangutans,Pollinators,Rhinos,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

I do not even know where to start to make sense of some of our blog posts in 2012, all written to try and bring your attention to both the successes and issues facing our environment. I really have no idea what may or may not have caught your attention. No matter how often our […]

Legend of the Orang-utan

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Orangutans

We ran this a few years ago but thought we would reprint for some of our newer blog visitors: The Orangutan is a fascinating ape which is in serious decline on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo – the only two places on earth they can be found in the wild. “Orangutan” in the native language […]

Chicken Pants

Posted by in Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Gorillas,Orangutans,Texas Conservation

There, I said it. Chicken Pants. Plain and simple. We were discussing today the Houston Zoo webpage and when you look at the drop down menus, what the public is interested in seeing. Plan Your Visit, Memberships, Animal Exhibits, Conservation are all scrolled across the top. Conservation is the home of some 40 pages highlighting […]

Wildlife Heroes Profiles: Orangutans

Posted by in Orangutans

Join us on May 19th and 20th for wildlife Heroes weekend.  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 be available for sale […]

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