Stories in the ‘Supporting Your Zoo’ Category

Houstonians are Saving Rhinos in the Wild

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Rhinos,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News

Standing Sophiephoto

A young Houstonian is doing all she can to save her favorite animals in the wild.  Sophie held a bake sale in her local Houston neighborhood and this was the invitation that was sent out last month. “Well, I love rhinos (among other zoo animals)! And I just discovered that I love baking! Combine those […]

Eat Pizza. Save Gorillas!

Posted by in Events,Gorillas,Primates,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News


We have another fun (and tasty) way for you to help save gorillas! This Thursday, May 21, order Papa John’s online, use promo code GORILLA, and $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Houston Zoo’s gorilla conservation program. This offer is valid only on May 21. Order online at, and don’t forget […]

Looking Back with Mary Ann Chambers

Posted by in Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo History: Looking Back,Zoo News


From the small fence to the now size of 55-acres, the Houston Zoo has grown exponentially not just in size but in the number of species that call the zoo home. Starting out with a small collection of a few species to 6,000 animals of 900 different species, Houstonians like 75-year-old Mary Ann Chambers can […]

Looking Back with Annette Reynolds

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(From left to eight) Annette Reynolds pictured with her friend, Jean Whitaker.

Vosswood Nursing Home resident Annette Reynolds is not an average Houstonian. 94-year-old Reynolds was born in 1920, and her father even read George H. Hermann’s will; if the name sounds familiar it’s because he was responsible for presenting a very famous piece of land to the City of Houston – Hermann Park! Reynolds remembers visiting […]

Looking Back with Lynn Gillespie

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Lynn Gillespie. Photo courtesy of St. Dominic Village.

One common memory that residents can recall is the change in size of the Houston Zoo – the zoo has vastly grown from that first bison and continues to develop new changes and exhibits such as such as the Gorillas of the African Forest (opening Memorial Day weekend). Born and raised in Houston, 72-year-old Lynn […]

Looking Back with JoAnne Driscoll

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Very few people can say that they were a member of three important zoo organizations. Born in Pittsburgh, 79-year-old JoAnne Driscoll, a resident at Treemont Retirement Community, was an active member on the docent council, raised funds as a Zoo Friend, and served on the Zoological Society of Houston. It is easy to say that […]

Looking Back with Charlotte Taylor

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Charlotte Taylor. Photo courtesy of St. Dominic Village.

St. Dominic Village resident Charlotte Taylor, who is 88 years old, may not be Houston-born, but she and her husband shared a love for the zoo just like any native Houstonian would. Born in Beaumont, TX, she recalled some of the fond memories she has of the zoo, and spoke about how her husband was […]

A Look Back into the Past with Houston Residents

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Ann Palmeira. Photo courtesy of St. Dominic Village.

To think that it all started with a bison named Earl that was donated by a traveling circus in 1922. A fence was then erected in Hermann Park to house various assortments of snakes, birds, and alligators purchased by the City of Houston. The Houston Zoo will turn 100 years old in 2022, and while […]

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 […]

Fish of the Week – Post #1

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Supporting Your Zoo,Zoo News

fish tacos

You may have heard about sustainable seafood and know which choices to make, but if you haven’t, no worries – we will break it down for you! Sustainable seafood is defined as seafood that is either wild-caught or farm-raised that not only sustains current populations, but thrives over the long term. The methods by which the seafood is harvested […]

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