Attwater's prairie chickens released into the wild!

The Houston Zoo has been raising chicks this year to pump up the wild population with some hearty and happy Attwater’s prairie chickens (APCs), and yesterday we were able to reap the reward for all the efforts!

Yesterday, Houston Zoo Staff and US Fish and Wildlife headed out to the APC National Wildlife refuge to release some APCs that were raised at the Zoo. They will begin their life in the wild and hopefully strengthen the population by having chicks of their own!

All of the birds are radio-collared and tagged so that USFWS can monitor the populations and keep track of the general health of the birds.

The birds were initially released into these ‘soft pens’ to get them comfortable with the prairie land, and then after a few weeks were fully released into the wild. Good luck to them!

APC Release soft pens
A few APCs leaving the soft pen for the first time! The soon flew off and started their adventure in the open prairie!
APC release prairie chickens
A group of APCs that just walked out of the pens, checking out their new surroundings.

APC release prairie chickens in field

 

 



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Charlotte Sullivan DickermanPlease protect her, our Dallas zoo baby giraffe has died from injury to herself recently

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Thelma LloydHouston Zoo is well planned lovely and spacious Jayne took me there last year to see two new arrivals a baby elephant and a cute giraffe who we fed with large lettuce leaves !!

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Bernard MarinoI was at the zoo this past Monday & the giraffe housing was very nice. Gigi would be A great name for her.

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Samantha RodriguezLeila Orta new baby giraffe we need another trip to the zoo to go see!!!

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Cathy Rapski DuganCongratulations to everyone at the Houston Zoo on the birth of this beautiful little girl. Can't wait to see her on the cams in the yard.

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Alyson QuintanaSo cute!!!! Mama had it easy with a 3 hour labor lol

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Casey McaninchThat's amazing love this cute baby and the zoo

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Maria SzczepaniakKatie, another baby animal born at the zoo!

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Lili SchulzDavid, a new baby giraffe! I think they should name her Daisy (as in Duck)! πŸ˜‚ And she's welcome to roam the streets of The Heights!

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Karen Purse PattersonWhat a beautiful animal. Congrats mom and the zoo.

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Abbey LewellynAw I will have to take my daughter to see it! She loves animals and baby animals especially! Congrats to mom and zoo staff!

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Deborah Pennington GriffithCongrats!! She is beautiful. so glad to have seen the very beginnings of the labor in the yard. A new baby is awesome and they are both well cared for by all their keepers. Cannot wait to come see daughter in Houston and visit the new baby girl.

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Katherine LevittBryony would be a lovely name for her. She had such a sweet face and gorgeous brown eyes x

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In honor of the Chinese animal zodiac, we’re celebrating the Year of the Goat and featuring a goat in our Children's Zoo each month. This month, our keepers write about male goat, Jack, and how guests often mistake him for being pregnant.

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