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Attwater’s Prairie Chicken

Believe it or not, the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken is not a chicken! It’s technically a grouse – and it’s vanishing from the coastal prairies of Texas. It is estimated that less than 100 of these birds are left in the wild. The Houston Zoo manages the captive breeding programs for the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken.  We have breeding facilities both behind the scenes at the Zoo and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.  When the birds hatch and grow large enough, they are slowly introduced and then released into the wild, where they will support the already existing populations.

How You Can Help

  • Donate to the Houston Zoo’s conservation fund to help support this project and prevent the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken from going the way of the dodo bird.

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  • Sponsor an Attwater’s Prairie Chicken through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Learn More about this incredible bird and the efforts we are taking to protect it.  Learn More