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The Coastal Prairie of Texas and Louisiana is critically imperiled. Although this once vast ecosystem covered most of Houston and the Gulf coast between Corpus Christi, TX and Lafayette, LA, less than 1/10 of 1% of this ecosystem remains in a relatively pristine condition today.The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to promote the conservation and restoration of Coastal Prairie ecosystems. This grass-roots coalition includes local, state, and federal governments, as well as non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners. The Houston Zoo is actively involved in this partnership, having hosted the State of the Prairie Conference for 2 years, and we have plans to create a prairie garden at the Zoo to raise awareness of prairie conservation.