Lions, Tigers, and BUGS, Oh My!

Very soon, you will be able to see some of the most interesting and colorful animals in the brand new Bug House, located near the entrance to the Children’s Zoo.

bugzFollowing eight months of construction, the Bug House will soon open its doors and we are sure it will be a guest favorite! Adjoining the new wombat exhibit, the Bug House will feature twenty-five custom display cases housing miniature marvels assembled from around the world, as well as from right here in Texas! Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the colorful beetles, centipedes, millipedes, stick insects, giant katydids, tarantulas, domino roaches,  grasshoppers, leaf cutter ants, and even scorpions.

bug houseInsects and spiders are the most numerous and arguably the most diverse of all animals on our planet. There are more than a million species of insects and spiders, representing more than half of all known living organisms. Insects perform vital roles in the ecosystems they inhabit, such as decomposition (clean up), food production, silk production, and as a food source for other animals. In addition, pollinating insects are important for plant reproduction and crop production. Spiders prey on insects and help to control the populations of pest insects that have the potential to create widespread destruction of crops.

We can’t wait to show you these amazing creatures! Stay tuned for our opening day announcement! Check out some amazing bug facts below.

Bugs by the Numbers

  • There are 1.5 billion insects for every human.
  • Nearly a quarter of all living multi-cellular organisms are beetles.
  • Ants can lift and carry more than 50 times their own weight.
  • Dragonflies can fly 50-60 mph.
  • A cockroach can live for nine days without its head.
  • The strongest animal in the world is the rhinoceros beetle. It can lift 850 times its own weight.
  • The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.
  • There are about as many species of just ants as there are of all species of birds combined (about 8,800).
  • Honeybees need to travel an average of 43,000 miles to collect enough nectar to make a pound of honey.
  • The mantis is the only animal that can turn its head 360 degrees.


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

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

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Patricia TamézAww! What a cutie! Congrats mom and Houston Zoo!

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Charity Denee EinkaufIt's getting close to Zoo time James!!!

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Janna Davis HaikPlease keep us posted on when the "little" one will be able to be viewed by the public. We would love to come see her! My girls were ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing over her while we watched the video. :-)

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Rachel Allene Adeline HodgeOh my gosh, this face 💕

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Mandy TurnerKelly, I see a zoo trip in our future!

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Lauren McCartySuch great news after such heartache the last few months!

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Lauren WeaverSydney Provenzano! Y'all should come to the zoo with us soon!

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Staci Spencer-HoytDarianne Hoyt look at the baby 😀😀 so cute!!

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Christine IrvinI think a good name would be LEGS

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Karen WalshMy 3 year old said "aw, she's so cute, I'll take care of her." 😊

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Mary FixmerShe's beautiful. The giraffes are my favorite and always make me smile... Now I have to go the Houston Zoo soon.

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Julie CooperShe is gorgeous. Well done Asali xxx

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Jennifer Chavez FarrowToo cute!!

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Briseida MartiHappy birthday!

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Christine ShippCongratulations, she is Precious and the video Awesome. Thank you for sharing. 💜

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Debby Scarborough WendtHow adorable is this!!

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Dhamu GobiSo sweet baby <3

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Summer DavisCongrats! She's a cutie! Who is her daddy?

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Charles KnieriemenGreat News, with all the losses We have had his year. It's good it hear that a new addition has come in to the world.

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

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