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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Shelby ColeWhen is it supposed to bloom?

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Martha VillasenorWhere in the zoo is reek located ? Is it somewhere visible we could see it..

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Tammy ErwinWhere in the Zoo is Reek located??? We don't want to miss getting a wiff of it.

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Trish McIntoshDoes Reek have her own page? Lois at HMNS was hugely popular a few years ago.

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Rebecca Ann ColeSally Nergaard remember when you and Kevy went and saw this flower in bloom?

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Ashley MaldonadoAwesome!!! I got to see the corpse flower at hmns 5 years ago! Would love to see it again!

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Tasha BhagwandinNot Theon… Reek!

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Casey Jones"You are not Reek, you are Theon Greyjoy!"

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Tyler NunleyI know I'm not the only one who thought of Game Of Thrones when reading this? Lol

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Maura A CampuzanoToo cool

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Lee Anne BayYay, I'm so excited! Watching Lois bloom was a rollercoaster, can't wait to see this one!!

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Angelique RodriguezI've always wanted to see one of these up close!!! ( and of course smell it he he)

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Rachel PossoHa! Love the name.

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Lauren CoxDanny Rubalcava Houston has one now too.. maybe we should get one for the back yard..

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Kim Kooser KeefeAWESOME name!!!!

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Nicki StacySaw this last week, looking forward to updates!

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Maura A CampuzanoGaby Uribe, thought of you

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RickEy DentisPlease keep us updated on Facebook about it. I really want to go see this....thanks

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Neva KloeselRoni Hopkins Glasgow LOOK, Another one!! Be sure to share with your sister!! ;)

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Kayla RichardMelissa Shewbert take the daycare kids to smell this lol

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Meghan Catherine BernalLaura N Rich lets go to the zoo hahah

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Asiram Zellet YanezRose Chavez we should go see it!

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Betty TankYay!

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Claire ShirleyYay! Britton Lang

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Nubia ReyesNancy Estrada Gomez remember seeing Lois?

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The Marine Mammal Center (California)Great vid! Thank you for coming out to help. We appreciate it!

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Katharine KearnsYay! I need a Sea Lion bag too! I have the Sea Turtle bag.

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Marcy BaccusGreat to see HZI involved in rehab opportunities. There is a lot of need out there. Great Job!!!

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Liz CleaveGood job. I love that these animals will eventually go back into the wild. Thank you for all your hard work.

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Penny GwenWonderful!!!! I was there in the 80's and it looks great now and obviously grown so much....wish I'd volunteered when I had the chance!

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