Stories in the ‘Zoo News’ Category

What is Browse and Why Do Our Primates Like it?

Posted by in Blog,Feeding Our Animals,Primates,Zoo News

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What is browse? Is it looking at a magazine while you’re at the doctor’s office? Or trying to find something on the internet? Well, no, when we talk about browse in the zoo we’re talking about plants and vegetation.  The definition of browse at the zoo is: fresh plants that are given to an animal […]

Boomer, Beloved Grizzly Bear, Passes Peacefully

Posted by in Zoo News

Grizzly-Brown Bears

Boomer, one of the Houston Zoo’s two elderly grizzly bears, was humanely euthanized today after a long life. The decision was made by the bear’s keepers and veterinary team after the nearly 40-year-old bear began to become uninterested in food, less active, and less responsive to his pain medications. After reviewing all options, our veterinary […]

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 […]

Working with Pacific Bird Conservation (Part 6)

Posted by in Birds,Global Conservation,Staff in the Wild,Travel,Zoo News

This is a good spot for a lane

Steve Howard is in the Northern Mariana Islands, working with Pacific Bird Conservation to protect birds and blogging about his experience. This post was written by Steve Howard Before I came to Tinian, I read about using mist nets to trap birds. I imagined a small net put in a quiet corner forest while we watched […]

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 […]

Spotlight on Species – Tyra, the Masai Giraffe

Posted by in Animal Updates,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Zoo News

Tyra with calf, Hasani

This post was written by Kendall Thawley. Soon, The Houston Zoo will be celebrating World Giraffe Day with a Spotlight on Species for Giraffes. For just a moment, though, we’d like to shine the spotlight on one of our resident Masai giraffe, Tyra. Although her overall disposition is quite sweet and calm with her keepers, […]

Happy Giraffe/Father’s Day

Posted by in Giraffes,Global Conservation,Zoo News


This post was written by Jessica Sigle. As many of you know, this Sunday is Father’s Day, but it’s also World Giraffe Day! The Houston Zoo would like to invite you, and your fathers, to come celebrate World Giraffe Day with our giraffe dad, Mtembei. Mtembei is a Masai giraffe and a proud father to […]

Prominent Zoological Leader Lee Ehmke to Head Houston Zoo

Posted by in Zoo News

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Please join us in welcoming our next President and CEO, Lee Ehmke. He will begin this new role on September 8, 2015.   Lee is the current Director/Chief Executive of the Minnesota Zoological Garden and President of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation. There he directs all aspects of the 485-acre zoological park and serves as its primary […]

Year of the Goat- Featuring Raisin Bran and Bailey

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Featured Creatures,Mammals,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 […]

Presenting Rose, Our Brand New Speke’s Gazelle Calf!

Posted by in African Forest,Births and Arrivals,Zoo News


This post was written by Mary Fields   The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the birth of Rose, our brand new Speke’s gazelle! Rose was born on April 15th to her mother Prim. This is Prim’s first calf and the Houston Zoo’s first successful Speke’s gazelle calf! Rose was given her name for two […]

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