Stories in the ‘Texas Conservation’ 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 […]

Saving Sea Turtles on our Local Piers

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Pier Signs in Galveston detailing how to help sea turtles

An exciting program called the Responsible Pier Initiative has come to Galveston! This program is managed by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida. Our friends at Turtle Island Restoration Network, NOAA, the Galveston Parks Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife and Texas A & M Galveston all played a role in the installation of […]

More than 50 Endangered Sea Turtles Set for Release

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News


On Wednesday May 27, NOAA Fisheries, the Houston Zoo and Moody Gardens will release 51 sea turtles at Stewart Beach in Galveston, Texas. Forty-nine of the turtles are Kemp’s ridleys and were part of a group brought in last December after suffering from the cold in Cape Cod, New England. The Boston Aquarium sent the […]

Snaring is Not Only an Exotic Problem

Posted by in African Forest,Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Texas Conservation

sea turtle

Several times during the year, you can find Houston Zoo staff scouring the beaches of Galveston. All too often, trash, especially plastic products, is improperly disposed of and ends up in our waterways and the surrounding areas. What many people do not know is that these items can prove deadly to local wildlife. Plastics can […]

Houston Zoo Sea Lion Team Works to Remove Marine Debris

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

This is a monofilament bin located on the Surfside jetty.

This post was written by Sophia Darling A few Sundays ago, on March 29th, Houston Zoo sea lion team members Sophia Darling and Heather Crane, along with zoo volunteer Dale Martin, traveled down to the Surfside Jetty for the sea lion team’s monthly jetty cleanup. The Surfside jetty is a high volume fishing area, and […]

Snakes and Reptiles – An Unfortunate Misunderstanding

Posted by in Featured Creatures,Reptiles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

In general, reptiles are a misunderstood and much-maligned group of animals. Literature published as far back as 1735 describes reptiles as “foul and loathsome animals.” Unfortunately, this viewpoint is still held by many people today, especially when snakes are the reptiles being discussed. The unreasonable fear of snakes is quite prevalent in our society and […]

East Texas Herpetological Society – March 2015 Meeting

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Events,Reptiles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News


Join us for the East Texas Herpetological Society’s March 2015 meeting at the Houston Zoo. This event is free and open to the public! Who: Guest Speaker – Tim Cole When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 Where: The Houston Zoo – Brown Education Building 6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030 Details: – Refreshments at 7:00 PM – Talk […]

Turtle Tuesday!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Events,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation

Giant jellyfish on the Texas Coast!

Yesterday, Houston Zoo staff participated in NOAA’s weekly beach survey, looking for injured or sick sea turtles on Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island and all the way to Surfside! This survey can take anywhere from 9-15 hours, but is vital in ensuring that any sea turtles on our local beaches are accounted for, and cared for […]

Removing Abandoned Traps & Saving Animals in the Wild!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Zoo News


This past Saturday, a group of Houston Zoo staff and other community volunteers got together at Fort Anahuac Park for the annual Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) Abandoned Crab Trap Removal. As a first-timer myself, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect – except that we would get dirty – and, boy, did we get muddy! We […]

Sabinga’s Updates: Wildlife Protection Efforts Near the Ocean

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Guest Blogger Series,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Zoo News


The Houston Zoo is excited to welcome a new intern who comes to us all the way from Kenya, in East Africa. Sabinga is in the United States participating in the Community College Initiative Program (CCIP). The Community College Initiative Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by Northern Virginia Community […]

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