Posts Tagged ‘Conservation News’

Houstonians are Saving Rhinos in the Wild

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Houston Zoo Guests are Helping to Save Sharks in the Wild

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Field Research,Travel,Zoo News

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When visiting the zoo you may see our sharks, rays and sea turtles. The ocean is close to Houston’s heart with the Gulf of Mexico just down the road and keeping the ocean healthy is a high priority to the Houston Zoo and sharks do just that.  This misunderstood species works hard to keep a healthy balance […]

Sabgina’s Updates: The Asian Elephants at the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Behind the Scenes,Elephants,Mammals,Zoo News

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Elephants are the largest mammals on the land. Two species are traditionally recognized, African elephants and Asian elephants. They are slightly different; African elephants have large ears shaped similar to the continent of Africa while Asian elephants have small and rounded ears. African elephants are taller with a shoulder height between 9-13 feet while Asian […]

Action for Apes Groups Are Making A Difference!

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

There is a little over a month left in our 2015 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge, which means there is still time to participate! We are up to 26 local Houston schools and organizations who are recycling cell phones to help save gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild! These 26 groups have an estimated […]

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 […]

Houston Zoo Welcomes Painted Dog Conservationist from Zimbabwe!

Posted by in Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Zoo News

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It’s not a secret that one of the Houston Zoo’s main objectives is to spread both awareness and conservation for all its endangered or threatened species. One of the species the Zoo closely works with is the African painted dog (also known as the African wild dog). In fact, our facilities team jumped on the opportunity […]

Action for Apes Challenge is in Full Swing

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Chimpanzees,Conservation News,Global Conservation,Mammals,Zoo News


Our 2015 Action for Apes Cell Phone Recycling Challenge is off to a great start! The Action for Apes Challenge is a community-wide cell phone recycling contest to help save gorillas in the wild. So far we have 21 Houston area groups who have signed up for the 2015 Challenge! These groups are from all around […]

Street Art & Conservation Collide

Posted by in Gorilla Art,Gorillas,Zoo News

© Houston Zoo/Stephanie Adams

Conservationists are everywhere! Just like Houston based, self-taught artist Anat Ronen. Ronen uses recycled or “off-tint” paint when painting her enormous murals, including the gorilla-inspired mural she’s painting this week at Richard’s Antiques on 3701 Main St. Not only is recycled paint cheaper than purchasing virgin, brand-name paint, but buying recycled paint saves on disposal […]

Species Spotlight: Black Bear Cubs Willow and Belle

Posted by in Carnivores,Conservation News,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Zoo News


Our American black bear cubs, Willow and Belle, are anything but ordinary. In fact, they are not black at all! The Zoo received these orphaned cubs in December 2013 and initially weighed 40 pounds. However, carnivore keeper Stephanie Mantilla reported that Willow is 139 pounds, and Belle is 148 pounds. Some of their favorite foraging […]

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