Protecting Our Heritage
Texas is one of the most biologically diverse states in our nation, second only to California in this regard. The Lone Star State boasts the greatest number of bird and reptile species and the second highest number of mammals. Of approximately 6,000 different kinds of native plants, at least 425 are endemic – found nowhere else in the world.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for ensuring the survival of these species, and Houston Zoo staff members work with them to implement a comprehensive conservation strategy, including creating biological inventories, protecting wetlands, developing partnerships, and increasing support for conservation on private lands.
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Saving Sea Turtles in the Gulf – Part 1
Posted June 23
Saving Sea Turtles on our Local Piers
Posted June 5
More than 50 Endangered Sea Turtles Set for Release
Posted May 25
Wildlife We Protect:
When you pour maple syrup on your pancakes, chow down on some chocolate, devour ice cream, or use tasty spices for dinner, are you aware that all of these items exist because of pollen? Just as important as the pollen itself are the amazing members of the animal kingdom who move pollen from one plant to another, allowing the plants to make seeds that then help create some of your favorite products. In fact, we have pollinators to thank for up to 30% of what we eat!