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You’ve Saved Elephants in the Wild!
Here at the Houston Zoo, you are helping to save animals in the wild every day. Through each ticket purchase made, you fund wildlife conservation projects worldwide and help animals like elephants in the wild. This year we highlighted the plight elephants face through multiple events, including wildlife speakers, keeper chats, and events like our annual Conservation Gala, the online Bidding for Good auction, and the Art for Conservation show. Each of these events centered on the current state of our global elephant population, currently declining due to poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat loss.
The largest issue facing elephant populations today is the continued increase in poaching for their tusks, commonly known as the ivory trade. Often ivory purchasers do not realize that harvesting tusks is a fatal encounter for elephants, and the population decrease means that younger and younger elephants are targeted for their ivory; unfortunately many of the elephants targeted have not yet had a chance to reproduce and help alleviate the strain on their population.
Though this reality is a hard one, you have helped fight for the elephants by being a part of the Houston Zoo community and raising over $250,000 which is helping to support our partners at Save the Elephants in Kenya, the Niassa Elephant-Beehive Project in Mozambique and the Kinabatangan Elephant Program in Malaysia. Visit the Houston Zoo events page, and view the remainder of this newsletter to be aware of more of our events so you can take direct action to help with animals in the wild! We would like to thank Chevron and Whole Foods for assisting us in supporting these events.
Donate now to help elephants in the wild:
Saving Howler Monkeys in Belize Through Annual Zoo Boo Event!
The Houston Zoo loves its howler monkeys and wants to do everything we can to protect them in the wild. The Primate Department staff has been working for several years to protect howler monkeys in Belize as well as in Houston through fundraising and awareness events!
Howler monkeys are found in the rainforests of Latin America. They get their name for the loud howling sound they make to communicate with other howler monkeys. In fact, they are the loudest animals in Latin America! Their howling can travel for three miles in the rainforest! Unfortunately, howler monkeys are in trouble because they are losing their forest homes through deforestation, as well as being caught as a food source or to be kept as pets.
We are committed to helping save these primates through a number of ways. Members of the primate staff travel to Belize to assist a rehab and education center which works to take in monkeys that have been housed as pets, and prepare them to be released back into the wild. Our primate keepers are experts in taking care of animals, and have provided their knowledge and skills to keep these rehab howler monkeys stay healthy and active until they can be released.
In addition to providing care for the howler monkeys in Belize and training for the staff that work with the animals, Houston Zoo staff has educated thousands of zoo guests about howler monkeys in the wild through their annual “Howlerween” event, which occurs during Zoo Boo annually. Interactive games and activities are conducted during Howlerween and kids can participate in activities similar to what researchers do in Belize to protect these amazing primates!
Houston Zoo employees are not the only ones who can help protect howler monkeys in the wild…YOU can help too! Remind friends and family members that monkeys are not good pets-these animals are better off in the wild or in zoos with professionals who know how to care for them. Each time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild. By attending and participating in events like Howlerween and Zoo Boo, you are part of saving animals in the wild.
Wednesday, January 15-April 30th
Are you a school, business or organization that wants to save apes in the wild? Sign up your group to recycle cell phones by registering on the “Action for Apes” page on the Houston Zoo’s website starting January 15. The 1st place group who recycles the most cell phones by April 30th will receive a HUGE one-of-a-kind painting done by our very own chimpanzee troop! Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Thursday, January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Private Screening Event with complimentary wine and appetizers : Battle for Elephants
Meet the producer of this compelling documentary!
Per Person – $25 (limited availability)
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wildlife Speaker Series: Dr. George Archibald shares stories about saving cranes in the wild.
This is a FREE event!
Saturday, March 8
Bear Awareness Day- Come out and enjoy fun bear events at the Zoo! A perfect time to visit our two new bear cubs! This event is included with your Zoo admission and FREE for Zoo Members.
Thursday, May 15, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Dr. Rachel Graham, Director of Wildlife Conservation Society’s Gulf and Caribbean Sharks and Rays Program
Join us on our biologist guided adventures to Yellowstone. Watch wolves, bison and elk in amazing wilderness!
Every time you visit the Zoo, you help save animals in the wild.
If you have any questions about our programs and partners, or would like any additional information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .