Spring Break is probably the busiest week of the year for many of us. The zoo is full of visiting guests, families are traveling and the Houston Aeros Hockey Team played 6 home games in 8 nights.
Not only did the Houston Aeros win 5 of those 6 home games, they also assisted the Houston Zoo in our most successful recycled cell phone collection drive ever! Just for general reference, the zoo collected nearly 1,200 phones in 2011. During the week of March 10-18 of this year – the Houston Aeros collected 758 phones before their games at the Toyota Center!
Help Wildlife in the Congo:
Why recycle your cell phone? First, it can help the environment by recycling hazardous waste but it also may help animals in the wild. Columbite-tantalite, or Coltan for short, is a dull metallic ore found in major quantities in the eastern areas of the African Congo. It is used in cell phones, laptops, pagers and other electronic devices. When refined, coltan becomes metallic tantalum, a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electrical charge. Some types of Coltan mining may occur illegally in protected lands all across the Congo which in turn put wildlife such as Elephants and Gorillas of the Congo region at risk. Eighty percent of the world’s known coltan supply is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, it is mined by hand by groups of men digging basins in streams, scraping away dirt to get to the muddy coltan underneath. Recycling unused cell phones can help protect the wildlife, since reuse of the phones results in the need for fewer new ones, which reduces the need for coltan mining.
Donate your cell phone to the Houston Zoo and the Zoo will have it recycled ensuring that most of these cell phones and their accessories will be reused or properly disposed of.
A big thank you to the Houston Aeros and Aeros staff for all their help and support for the Houston Zoo. There are 7 more home games before the season ends on April 15th and the Houston Aeros start their playoff run to the Calder Cup Trophy. Check out their schedule and support Aeros hockey.
See "Hotel Transylvania" at the Zoo this Saturday at 7:15 p.m. New this fall, we've got even more Halloween fun for the entire family. Dress in your best costume and visit the Zoo for a spooktacular Zoovie Night.
The movie begins at 7:15 p.m. Activities & games will run from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Only guests attending the movie screening will be allowed to remain in the Zoo after 7:00 p.m. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday, Houston Texans Ryan Griffin, Tom Savage, and Nick Martin and their families made some new friends at the Houston Zoo. Thanks for spending your day off with us, guys -- Go Texans! ... See MoreSee Less
On Sunday, we had our 10,000th trader in the Swap Shop! This special area lets kids trade items found in nature and collect points. Stop by the Naturally Wild Swap Shop in the Children's Zoo on your next visit! ... See MoreSee Less
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We got our snacks ready to go to the zoo, but also packed a ziplock full of clam and oyster shells. Our little one, Maya would be going to the swap shop to earn her first points.
She received a big surprise being named the 10000th trader. To commemorate the milestone, Sara and Suzanne made her a certificate and Julie presented her with an amazing display of three beautiful beatles. That was the obvious reward.
The less tangible one was the affirmation of our little 4 year old lady's hard work in writing her journals, collecting specimens etc. that the staff gave her.
We often, as do many of you all, tell her that those women and men in charge studied a lot to know so much about animals. What they didn't study but what is instead either a part of someone or not is the willingness and desire to affect this little generation of nose-picking, curious goofs.
There were 9,999 registered traders before Maya and countless more families that benefit from this knowledgeable and kind staff that time after time has been just pure class with so many of us. From our little troop, a sincere thank you to Suzanne Jurek who came up with the idea to celebrate the 10,000th, Sara Riger for answering so many questions from so many with skill and to Angie Pyle for making the Children's zoo so special. Amber Zelmer, Wendy Morrison, Julie LaTurner, Brian Stuckey, Stephanie Turner, Kimberly Sharkey, Megan Paliwoda, Lisa Cariello all who we've seen throughout the zoo, from petting goats, learning about animal upkeep etc. From the McDonald observatory, Yosemite to Brazos Bend or Huntsville State Park, we'll all keep encouraging our little ones to keep digging, asking questions. That is in no small part due to you all.
Once again, thank you for being a part of our daughter's life since she was tiny. Also thanks to all of the 9,999 traders and all the others that benefit from the swap shop, our daughter got lucky in getting the prizes but we're most lucky that she has so many other friends with dedicated parents and with similar interests.
We love the Swap Shop!!!!
That’s a great-looking certificate! Whoever made it must be awesome! 😏