Houston Zoo Facilities Staff Saving Sea Turtles!

Conservation…it’s a loaded word. What does it mean? Who does it? Isn’t it all just research and science-y stuff? Actually, no. Conservation is really about working with people, in an effort to make sure animals and habitats are safe, and that there is a healthy future for humans as well!

Our Zoo is involved in lots of conservation efforts. These efforts can range from our website team helping a gorilla project in Central Africa improve their website to our Facilities department installing sea turtle signs on our Texas Coast to increase awareness of these endangered animals. After all, conservation is about working with people-to improve awareness, increase education, improve health, you name it-saving animals revolves around us!

In the last week, our zoo’s Facilities Department has been working to install sea turtle awareness signs on Galveston Island, Surfside Beach and Bolivar Peninsula. The team has installed approximately 47 signs in one week!

Sea turtle awareness sign designed by the Zoo's Graphics Department
Sea turtle awareness sign designed by the Zoo’s Graphics Department

There are 2 different signs, the one above which is a general sign letting the public know what number to call (1-866-TURTLE-5) if you see a turtle on the beach. The 2nd type of sign is more specific and was placed in fishing areas as it outlines what to do if you accidentally catch a turtle on your line.

What to do if you accidentally catch a sea turtle!
What to do if you accidentally catch a sea turtle!

Not only did our Facilities team participate in installing these signs, but it was truly a Houston Zoo collaborative effort as our Graphics Department designed these 2 awesome signs! Through the direction of NOAA, one of the federal agencies who oversees sea turtle conservation in our area, we were able to design and install these signs so that beach-goers can play a more active role in saving sea turtles in the wild!

Houston Zoo Facilities Staff install a sea turtle sign at the Stingaree Marina!
Houston Zoo Facilities Staff install a sea turtle sign at the Stingaree Marina!

You can help save sea turtles in the wild just by:

  • Visiting the zoo (a portion of the proceeds from your ticket goes to conservation)!
  • Reducing your use of plastic (balloons, bags, water bottles, etc.) as these items can end up in the ocean and turtles think they are food!
  • Donating to the zoo’s sea turtle conservation efforts.
  • Adopt a sea turtle from the Houston Zoo!
Conservation is all about collaboration and teamwork! Our Facilities team installs sea turtle signs on Bolivar Peninsula.
Conservation is all about collaboration and teamwork! Our Facilities team installs sea turtle signs on Bolivar Peninsula.


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We are proud to announce the birth of a female Masai giraffe! After a 3-hour-long labor, both first-time mom Asali and the yet-to-be-named calf are doing well and are currently bonding behind the scenes with keeper and veterinary teams watching over the pair.

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Julian FennessyCongrats from all of us at Giraffe Conservation Foundation!

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Rachel Allene Adeline HodgeOh my gosh, this face 💕

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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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Geraldine CarranzaMario Cabrera baby we have to go the zoo now! I want to see this cute baby giraffe!

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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)! 😂 And she's welcome to roam the streets of The Heights!

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Yesenia CampaBabe we need to go see the baby and take the girls Angel Ponce

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Hanna Uhrova-WardCongratulations to the new mommy! Beautiful baby, for sure!

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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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Jessica SueBaby giraffe!!!!!! Time to go to ze zoooooo!! Sam Schultz

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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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Angela Brown CollinsThat's a nice labor and delivery!! I'm jealous of momma giraffe! Can't wait to feed her someday.

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Kelly McGeeBaby Giraffes are the cutest!

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Sara BalkanliLisa mommyyyyy a baby giraffe!!! :D <3

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Melissa Soileau HodlikMy twin grandbabies love the Zoo, but the Giraffes are their most favorite animal by far! Feeding them is so special for the two of them, their Mom and me!

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Melodie HollierWelcome to the world baby girl!!! She's a real beauty!!

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UPDATE 9/2/15: VIP Tickets are now sold out!

Tickets for Feast with the Beasts Presented by Revention go on sale at midnight! During our pre-sale from 9/2-9/16, you can save $10 off general admission by using the code FEASTPS.

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Jordan N Sarah HalasI'm a zoo member and I never received an email about this. Not happy!

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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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Holly StephensJack is my and my 3 year olds favorite goat. He's so sweet!

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Liz MorenoHouston Zoo please post a different goat each day. Thanks.

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Dorothy FabriguzePretty little guy, I am a Capicorn so the goat is my sign animal.

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Wilfredo J PenateI know that goat!

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Ashli HernandezIt's okay. People sometimes mistake me for being pregnant too. We're working on it! 😉

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Mary FingerI love goats! <3

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Briana MonakinoWas just there a few days ago and snapped a pic of this little cutie ♡

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Keri Hanna DeanMy girls LOVE Jack!

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Isaac MartinezLeann its jack!!!

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Christina Fezatte-ThibodauxPoor Jack. He's just a tad bit chubby. Poor guy being mistaken for being pregnant. :)

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