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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