The Houston Zoo’s conservation purpose is to further the Houston Zoo’s mission of “fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world” by connecting the public to our efforts to save species in the wild. Through our wildlife conservation projects and partnerships, which work to conserve the wild counterparts of our ambassador animals at the zoo, we will inspire all people to respect value and conserve wildlife and wild places.
Many of you who have visited the Houston Zoo may have stopped and watched our playful chimpanzee troop in the African Forest exhibit. With 10 chimpanzees, it is no surprise that you could park yourself in the air-conditioned viewing building and observe these fascinating animals for hours! Chimpanzees are social, intelligent, and incredibly charismatic animals. The chimpanzees at the Houston Zoo are cared for by a talented group of staff-their every need is looked after and taken care of by professionals. The Zoo’s chimps are ambassadors for their wild counterparts, which are struggling with a number of issues. The Houston Zoo has a deep appreciation and admiration for chimpanzees and we want to do everything we can to protect these charismatic animals in the wild.
The Houston Zoo supports chimpanzee conservation throughout Africa, including the country of Senegal where very little is known about the chimpanzee population. To better conserve these animals in the wild it is important for us to support ongoing research about chimpanzees and also community efforts to improve the livelihoods of the people who live alongside these animals. Houston Zoo staff will travel to Senegal during the month of June to assist in the development of community programs, mainly education and awareness programs, to improve the day-to-day lives of communities living next to chimpanzees and inspire all generations to conserve the amazing wildlife in their backyard.
Although communication will be sporadic due to working in rural areas with little to no access to internet and electricity, we will be checking back with our Houston community as often as we can to provide updates on the progress of this program in Senegal. Thanks to you-our Houston Zoo-goers, we can provide these vital conservation benefits to wildlife and communities here in Texas and around the world.
Did you know that every time you purchase a ticket to come to the zoo you help animals in the wild? A portion of your admission ticket goes to efforts to save animals from extinction. The Houston Zoo deeply cares for the animals we house on Zoo grounds and seeks to support and participate in the best conservation efforts to save them in the wild. We currently support over 20 conservation projects in over 10 different countries. Our Zoo’s conservation department serves the zoo by selecting, monitoring and evaluating each program to guarantee the effectiveness and long-term success. To learn more about and help us with our conservation efforts, please visit our website. To keep up-to-date on wildlife conservation in the field, make sure to follow our Houston Zoo blogs and Facebook pages!