Stories in the ‘Texas Tortugas’ Category

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 […]

Help Us Clean Up the Galveston Beach – Saturday, Aug. 23

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Be a Conservation Hero,Endangered Species,Going Green,Texas Tortugas


We’re organizing a beach clean-up day and need your help! Come volunteer with us as we work to make Galveston beaches a little cleaner.   When: Saturday, August, 23, 2014   8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Where: We will be meeting across the street from “The Spot” restaurant near the Pleasure Pier (3204 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550) Clean […]

Texas Sea Turtles Getting Checkups and Returning to the Wild!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sargassum buildup on the Galveston beaches. Unfortunately, trash often washes in during sargassum events as well as wildlife!

This week was a busy one for sea turtles on our coast-and it’s been this way for pretty much the entire summer! On Monday, Houston Zoo staff assisted NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with their weekly beach survey. It was a fairly quiet day in the way of turtles on the beach, but we […]

Houston Zoo Facilities Staff Saving Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Aquatic Animals,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sea turtle awareness sign designed by the Zoo

Conservation…it’s a loaded word. What does it mean? Who does it? Isn’t it all just research and science-y stuff? Actually, no. Conservation is really about working with people, in an effort to make sure animals and habitats are safe, and that there is a healthy future for humans as well! Our Zoo is involved in […]

Save A Turtle Saturday!

Posted by in Meet the Staff,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Big headed turtle 3

Save a Turtle Saturday March 1, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. On Saturday, March 1,  the  Zoo will host a special event called Save a Turtle Saturday. Guests will be able to learn how the Houston Zoo works to save turtles around the world, and find out how people can make a difference to […]

Texas Turtle Update!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

A sea turtle sign with no....SIGN!

Houston Zoo staff joined employees of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) during Monday’s weekly sea turtle survey. We began the morning with LOTS of fog as we jumped on the ferry to get to Bolivar Peninsula. Unfortunately, when we arrived on the peninsula and started looking for sea turtles we found that a few […]

Sea Turtle Rescued After Being Stunned By The Cold!

Posted by in Conservation News,Field Research,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Green sea turtle rescued from being cold stunned on the Texas Coast. If you see a sea turtle on the beach call 1-866-TURTLE-5.

Cold weather may be welcomed during the holidays to give us that festive feel, however our native wildlife doesn’t always cope well with a sudden drop in temperature. Reptiles (like sea turtles) are cold blooded, so they get their warmth from the environment. This is opposite of animals like us (mammals)-we are able to generate […]

Sea Turtles Get Check-ups at the Zoo!

Posted by in Conservation News,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

2 sea turtles visited the Houston Zoo today for a check-up by our Veterinary Staff. Both were green sea turtles that came in from the wild with injuries. The first green turtle is one that was found late summer completely entangled in fishing line (in fact, the turtle was still attached to a fishing pole […]

Sea Turtle With Eye Injury Gets 2nd Chance at Life in the Wild!

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

NOAA biologist Lyndsey Howell shows students a large hook found on the beach attached to line. This marine debris is very dangerous for animals in the Gulf.

Yesterday, Houston Zoo staff assisted in NOAA’s weekly beach survey to find injured, sick or stranded sea turtles along the upper Texas coast. After the summer ends and before the sea turtle nesting season begins in April, things sea-turtle related are relatively quiet. Luckily we did not find any sick, injured or stranded turtles yesterday, […]

13 Sea Turtles Go Back to the Wild!

Posted by in Conservation News,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

On Friday, May 31st several Houston Zoo staff, board and committee members assisted NOAA employees with the release of 13 turtles who have been rehabilitated and were ready to continue their lives in the great open ocean!  2 different species of turtles were released on Friday. Several green sea turtles were released into the bay […]

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