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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Our corpse flower named "Reek" is showing signs of life! Our horticulture team is monitoring its progress daily for smells of death...

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

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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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Shelby ColeWhen is it supposed to bloom?

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Kim Kooser KeefeAWESOME name!!!!

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

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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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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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Dawn DonaldsonYay

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Carla Medellin JonesVery very nice Memorial Hermann! Thank you!

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Melissa YemmaWe had fun! Thank you memorial Herman!

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Erica BootsSo much fun! Thank you Memorial Hermann!

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