Stories in the ‘Naturally Wild Swap Shop’ Category

Penny the cat discovers Gorillas

Posted by in African Forest,Children's Zoo,Gorillas,Just for Kids,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Primates,Zoo News

Penny contemplating gorillas

Hello all. Penny the Swap Shop cat here. There is something new going on at the zoo. I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I kept hearing about these new animals at the zoo…..gorillas. So, I did some research. It seems the Houston Zoo has added 7 new gorillas. A bachelor group and a […]

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 […]

The Importance of Pollinators

Posted by in Bugs,Children's Zoo,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

Pollinators - source USDA Forest Service

Pollinating insects are a crucial part of the health and well-being of our planet. They enable plants to set seed and reproduce, driving the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems and providing us with fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, spices, coffee and fiber for clothing (to name a few items we can’t live without).   But did you know that […]

What’s New In The Naturally Wild Swap Shop?

Posted by in Children's Zoo,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

Flying Fox Bat Skeleton Replica

There have been two amazing new additions to the Naturally Wild Swap Shop! Thanks to the generous funding of the Junior League of Houston, we now have replicas of a flying fox bat skeleton and of a pygmy sperm whale skeleton! Flying fox bats belong to the megabat suborder and are the largest bats in the […]

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, […]

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 […]

Sabinga’s Updates: Learning About Saving Nature at the Zoo

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Guest Blogger Series,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News


The Houston Zoo has many ways to get involved with saving wildlife and education. I got a tour of the Houston Zoo’s Naturally Wild Swap Shop by staff member, Charlona. I learned a lot!! The Swap Shop is another place that gives a shot in the arm to conservation! It’s a place where children bring […]

Year of the Goat – Featuring Elsa

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Mammals,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News


In honor of the Chinese animal zodiac, we’re celebrating the Year of the Goat! We have over 20 different goats representing 5 different breeds. In addition to their different colors, shapes, and sizes, all of our goats also express individual preferences and personalities! To highlight our goats individual ‘flair’, we’ve decided to feature a different goat each month and share what […]

Penny has been working hard in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Just for Kids,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

My goodness, but this summer was busy.  The zoo had great attendance and, here in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, we had record numbers of trades in June, July and August! My name is Penny, and it is my job to greet guests and be an ambassador for the zoo. I have been quite busy.  With so […]

The Day is almost here!

Posted by in Events,Just for Kids,Naturally Wild Swap Shop

The Naturally Wild Swap Shop

The count down is on – Trader Appreciation Day is almost here! On Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 9AM to 3PM we will be celebrating the Naturally Wild Swap Shop’s five year anniversary by honoring all the traders that have made it such a success. Anyone trading during the event will receive 100 extra points.   […]

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