Posts Tagged ‘texas’

Cleaning up crab traps to save animals in the wild

Posted by in Conservation News,Reptiles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

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One of the biggest threats to marine animals is being entangled or trapped in garbage.  The Houston Zoo houses many marine animals and is committed to doing everything we can to protect their counter parts in the wild. Houston Zoo staff participates in keeping our upper Texas Coast clean by joining in garbage removal efforts.  Every year we assist […]

Houston Zoo staff assist in another exciting sea turtle release!

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

    Houston Zoo staff assisted with another amazing sea turtle release this week in Galveston.  A more than 250 LBS loggerhead was found stranded on the Texas coast July 15, 2013.  She was found by a member of the public who called the injured or stranded sea turtle hot line (1-866-TURTLE-5) to report her.  The […]

The Houston Zoo’s Attwater’s Prairie Chickens are getting ready to go back to the wild!

Posted by in Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

We still have Attwater’s prairie chicken eggs in incubators here at the Zoo, but the oldest chicks are now 45 days old.   Because these birds are being reintroduced into the wild our staff is focused on encouraging as much natural behavior as possible to prepare them for prairie life.    The oldest chicks are now getting more vegetation in their diet, so […]

Houston Toad Release Success!

Posted by in Amphibians,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Houston Toad,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

Last week, we transferred 6 total egg strands (~20,000 eggs) to our collaborators at Texas State. We had the opportunity to assist a TSU graduate student in placing the eggs inside protective wire cages in an area outside Bastrop State Park. We were able to check on the eggs transferred the previous week and found very large Houston […]

The Houston Zoo is releasing more toads!

Posted by in Amphibians,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Houston Toad,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

The Houston Zoo has released over 20,000 Houston toads into the wild since we began our reintroduction program in 2007.   We are determined to protect the Houston Toad from extinction! Four Houston toad egg strands (~12,000+ eggs) that were produced here at the Houston Zoo were released by Texas State this week.   Three of the […]

Attwater’s prairie chickens are increasing in numbers at the Houston Zoo

Posted by in Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

The incubators at the Houston Zoo are full of Attwater’s prairie chicken eggs collected and carefully transported from our facility at the Johnson Space Center.  The chick nursery is full of peeping Attwater’s chicks!  The first group of the oldest chicks are already old enough to move to their outside accommodations.  They are growing up before […]

Hundreds of Houston Zoo Houston toads go back to the wild

Posted by in Amphibians,Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Field Research,Houston Toad,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

We have great news to share with you from the Houston toad program! Last month we successfully transferred 634 adult toads to our collaborators at Texas State University. Texas State kept the toads in a large, outdoor holding area for a few days to re-acclimate to natural conditions, then over the course of a week, they were released […]

A penny saved is a penny earned to save lions!

Posted by in Community-Based Conservation,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Travel

If you’ve ever had any doubts about the old saying that a penny saved is a penny earned, spend just a few minutes with Lamar Consolidated ISD kindergarten teacher Sharon Baldwin.  The Velasquez Elementary school teacher and her kindergarten class know all about the power of spare change. On Wednesday, April 17 Ms. Baldwin and […]

It’s about to Get Wild: The Great Texas Birding Classic

Posted by in Birds

For those of you that are already birders, you know what’s coming: ’tis the season to see unique, remarkable, and incredible birds as they migrate through the Texas Gulf Coast! If you’re not yet a birder, you can be…learn all about it – all you need is a field guide to get started! During this […]

There’s a hippo on a what?

Posted by in Zoo History: Looking Back

Over the Houston Zoo’s 90 years, we’ve answered many calls for assistance from law enforcement agencies and animal care agencies.  The Zoo answers the call from our area sheriffs’ departments (Harris, Montgomery, Brazoria) for  exotic animal emergencies. We also have a long history of assisting the Houston SPCA with exotic animal cases providing expert evaluations of animals’ conditions […]

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