Posts Tagged ‘Natural Encounters’

Naked Mole-rats: The Super Heroes of the Animal World

Posted by in Adaptations,Featured Creatures,Mammals,Natural Encounters

Meet the naked mole-rat!

What can feel no pain, is impervious to cancer or Alzheimer’s, and can chew through pretty much anything in a single bound? The naked mole-rat! These little creatures aren’t the prettiest to look at, but they are possibly some of the most fascinating—and superhero like—animals around. When a naked mole-rat begins life, he pretty much looks […]

Mole Rats Enjoy Their New Digs!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Behind the Scenes,Mammals,Zoo News

This Friday, our mole rats got to move into their new, fancy tunnels. And they sure are loving it! Zookeeper Casey was in charge of the move. We followed along with him as he moved the Zambian giant mole rats and the Damara mole rats from behind-the-scenes into their new tunnels. The naked mole rats […]

Double Points in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Posted by in Birds,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Just for Kids,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Reptiles,Rhinos

 How can you get DOUBLE points in the Swap Shop?  Any time an animal section has a Spotlight on the Species or other program focused on an animal or plant – bring in a Nature Journal on that topic!  Nature Journals can be as simple as information on sheets of notebook paper.  They can be as detailed and […]

Monkeys Go Wild (Haired) for Conservation!

Posted by in Animal Updates,Conservation News,Natural Encounters

By Natural Encounters keepers Corri Osborne and Rachel Godambe   For guests visiting the Indoor Rainforest exhibit in the Carruth Natural Encounters building, a little monkey awaits with a big surprise! Normally, visitors are quick to comment on the flashy appearance of the bright orange Golden Lion Tamarins seen in the Indoor and Outdoor Rainforest […]

Six Bat Species all in one day!

Posted by in Conservation News,Events,Just for Kids,Mammals,Meet the Staff,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

How can you see six different species of bats all in one day?  Bat Fest Houston at the Houston Zoo and the Waugh Bridge!  The United Nations has declared 2012 The Year of The Bat – come see  the celebration we have in store!  Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 are the dates for Bat Fest […]

Bat Fest is Coming!

Posted by in Conservation News,Events,Just for Kids,Mammals,Natural Encounters,Naturally Wild Swap Shop,Pollinators

Get ready for a batty fun time at the Houston Zoo and the Waugh Bridge!  2012 has been named Year of the Bat by the United Nations Environment Program.  In celebration, the Houston Zoo, in association with Texas Parks & Wildlife and several other organizations will be hosting Bat Fest April 14-15, 2012. The fun will […]

12 Days of Grub: Day 9 – Nine Fruit Bats Flying

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Feeding Our Animals,Supporting Your Zoo

On the Ninth Day of Grub, your zoo gift will help to feed…Nine Fruit Bats Flying, Eight Giraffes a Galloping, Seven Snakes a Slithering, Six Mole-rats Mining, Five Golden Frogs, Four Calling Birds, Three Wild Dogs, Two Grizzly Bears, and Darwin the Cassowary! CLICK HERE to read them all! At the Houston Zoo, Straw-colored fruit […]

12 Days of Grub: Day 6 – Six Mole-rats Mining

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Feeding Our Animals,Natural Encounters,Supporting Your Zoo

On the Sixth Day of Grub, your zoo gift will help to feed…Six Mole-rats Mining, Five Golden Frogs, Four Calling Birds, Three Wild Dogs, Two Grizzly Bears, and Darwin the Cassowary! CLICK HERE to read them all! Here at The Houston Zoo we know Mole Rats are clearly the original miners. They dig tunnels, they […]

Animal Enrichment: Fruit Bats at Natural Encounters

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Events,Natural Encounters

The Houston Zoo keepers enrich all the animals, including bats!  Enrichment allows our animals to practice their natural, “wild” behaviors, such as foraging, exploring and even trying a new food.  This provides animals with the exciting and varied lives they would have  in the wild, but in a safe environment.  Keepers at the Zoo provide enrichment […]

Houston Zoo and Amazon.com

Posted by in Animal Care & Enrichment,Events

Do you love to shop?!  The Houston Zoo animals now have a wishlist on Amazon.com!  We all enjoy buying that perfect gift for someone special…..and who’s more special than the animals at the zoo!  I know you’ve often wondered, if I were buying a gift for Jonathan the lion what on earth would he want?  And where […]

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