Posts Tagged ‘Insects’

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 […]

Carnivorous Plant Garden Opens May 16

Posted by in Bugs,Carnivores,Horticulture,Insects,Zoo News

Sundew

We all know that the Houston Zoo has lots of carnivores, right?   Lions, tigers, bears, foxes and many more. But, did you know that even some of the plants on grounds are carnivorous? The Zoo’s amazing Horticulture Department is opening a new carnivorous plant garden! The grand opening will be May 16. This wonderful garden […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Buzz on the Bug House

Posted by in Arachnids,Bugs,Zoo News

Beetle-cactus

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means – bugs, and lots of them! Last May, the Houston Zoo unveiled its Bug House with the new wombat exhibit as part of the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo. With more than 30 different species of invertebrates living in the Bug House and […]

Bug House Now Open

Posted by in Animal Updates,Bugs,Insects,Zoo News

The Bug House is open! Excuse our excitement, but this is a bug big deal!   Our Bug House is a brand new exhibit that is solely dedicated to showcasing bugs and why they are so important to our ecosystem. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the colorful beetles, centipedes, millipedes, stick insects, […]

Penny, The Mighty Insect Hunter

Posted by in Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Zoo News

Penny

 Hello everyone, Penny here, and I am on a mission. As many cats are, I am a mighty bug hunter.  In the past, I have been happy hunting crickets or flies, but now I have something bigger in mind. Right next door to the Swap Shop (where I live), a new building is being built.  […]

Whats New in the Swap Shop?

Posted by in Insects,Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Meet Edward Scissorhands, our Tailless Whip Scorpion.  He now lives in the Swap Shop full time!  Edward is not a true scorpion, but is in the Arachnid family and is a variety found in Africa.  He is harmless to humans but, if you are a cricket or worm, it’s a whole different story.  Tailless Whip […]

Go Native… With Solitary Bees!

Posted by in Conservation News,Insects

They can be big, small, fuzzy, shiny, stripy, crazy metallic green or blue – and there are almost 4,500 types of them in the United States.  I’m talking native bees and you can learn all about them if you drop by the Houston Zoo this weekend for the Spotlight on Species: Pollinators event! Solitary bees […]

A World of Pollinators

Posted by in Pollinators

What the heck is a pollinator and why is the Houston Zoo having an event celebrating them?  A pollinator is an animal that helps a flowering plant complete its life-cycle by picking up pollen from one flower and physically moving it to another of the same type – this fertilizes the plant, allowing it to […]

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