Texas Conservation[meteor_slideshow slideshow=”texas-conservation-slideshow”]
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.
Wildlife We Protect:
Coastal Prairie PartnershipThe 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.