Be a Holiday Hero-Recycle Your Old Phone at Zoo Lights!

Did you know you could be a holiday animal hero just by visiting the Houston Zoo this holiday season for our 2nd annual Zoo Lights event? A portion of every ticket sold here at the Houston Zoo goes towards saving animals in the wild. I bet you didn’t know that as a Houston Zoo guest, you are helping us save wildlife and wild places?! Well, it’s true.

And here’s something else to consider. You could be even MORE of a holiday animal hero by visiting our Zoo Lights event AND recycling an old cell phone at our front entrance (we know you have those old phones hidden somewhere!). Here is what you do:

1. Find old phone while cleaning the house and preparing for the holidays (we know this is on the to-do list).

2. Bring that old phone (or phones) with you, walk on up to our main entrance, and drop the phone in the recycling bin by our Guest Relations office (right before you hit the Admissions line!). Give yourself a pat on the back.

2. Visit TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights (6-10pm, Nov. 22nd-Jan. 4th), spend time with family and friends as you look at the beautiful lights throughout the Zoo and leave feeling GREAT that you not only helped animals in the wild by visiting the zoo, but you specifically helped animals like chimpanzees and gorillas by recycling your old cell phone with us.

Save chimps by recycling your old cell phone with us during Zoo Lights!
Save chimps by recycling your old cell phone with us during Zoo Lights!

Wait a minute…how in the world does recycling your cell phone at the zoo help animals like chimpanzees and gorillas?

1. A mineral (called coltan) is found in almost every cell phone, as well as laptops and cameras. This mineral comes from the ground in Central Africa, which happens to be where animals like chimpanzees, gorillas and okapis live.

2. When the mineral is taken from chimpanzee habitats to be used in electronics, the homes of chimps, gorillas and okapis become disrupted and these animal populations decrease.

3. If you recycle your old cell phone with us, then the materials in the phone can be reused instead of getting new minerals from the ground in Central Africa.

4. When you recycle your at the zoo, we return it to a company called Eco-Cell that sells the individual parts of the phone so that they can be reused. Any proceeds then go to conservation efforts to save animals in the wild.

The mineral coltan is found in most phones, and comes from areas in Africa where chimpanzees and gorillas live.
The mineral coltan is found in most phones, and comes from areas in Africa where chimpanzees and gorillas live.

So, bundle up, grab your old phones, and bring your family and friends to our 2nd annual Zoo Lights event-you’ll leave knowing you are an official holiday animal hero!

 

Be a Conservation Hero: Meet MARVEL Characters at the Zoo!

There are so many ways to be a conservation hero, not only at home but at the Zoo too!

We have so many events the weekend of September 21st and 22nd where you can Be a Conservation Hero! Not only can you join us at our Elephant Open House on 9/21 to save elephants in the wild, or visit the Rhino Spotlight on Species on 9/21 and 9/22 and donate a new or gently used wildlife book to educate kids in Zimbabwe living next to rhinos, but you can MEET MARVEL characters Spider-Man and Iron Man! These MARVEL characters will make appearances at the Zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 21 and 22, greeting guests and posing for photos – so be sure to bring your camera!

Be a Conservation Hero! Join us the weekend of September 21st and 22nd to meet MARVEL characters, visit the Rhino Spotlight on Species and the Elephant Open House to protect animals in the wild!
Be a Conservation Hero! Join us the weekend of September 21st and 22nd to meet MARVEL characters, visit the Rhino Spotlight on Species and the Elephant Open House to protect animals in the wild!

You’ll also enjoy learning about how YOU can Be a Conservation Hero each and every day as you meet and greet the MARVEL characters.

Here are just some of the ways to Be a Hero and Protect Wildlife:

  • Recycle your old phone at the Zoo! Our recycling bin is next to the main exit by the Gift Shop. Recycling your phone means less waste in the landfill and less minerals taken from chimpanzee and gorilla habitat in Africa which is used in phones, laptops, cameras, etc.
  • Be a responsible consumer! Palm oil is a product found in SO many things-from shampoos to soaps and even some of our favorite candy and snacks! The homes of animals like orangutans are being cut down to plant palm oil, so be aware of what you buy and how it can affect wildlife.
  • Reduce your plastic use! Our Texas Gulf Coast animals (like sea turtles, sharks and birds) can become entangled and/or swallow the plastic we leave on the beach and in the water. Use a canvas bag instead of a plastic grocery bag, buy a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one, and always clean up your trash when you’re at the beach!

We can’t wait to see you at the zoo for this SUPERHERO-sized weekend!

Make sure to check out our blog on the Elephant Open House and the Rhino Spotlight on Species for more information on ways to Be a Conservation Hero!

Be a Rhino Hero: Donate a Wildlife Book!

There are many ways the Houston Zoo works to help protect wildlife, habitats and people around the world. Our guests can be part of the Zoo’s efforts to save wildlife in any number of ways.

Help save rhinos in the wild! Donate a wildlife book at the Rhino SOS on 9/21 or 9/22!
Help save rhinos in the wild! Donate a wildlife book at the Rhino SOS on 9/21 or 9/22!

On September 21st and September 22nd, visit the Houston Zoo for the Rhino Spotlight on Species. The Rhino Spotlight on Species event is FREE with Zoo admission! Learn more about our rhinos at the Zoo and how rhinos are doing in the wild. Be part of this unique event and help save rhinos in the wild by donating a wildlife book at the Zoo between 10:00am and 3:00pm on either day.

Directly contribute to saving rhinos in the wild by bringing in a new or gently used book about wildlife to donate to our friends in the field who are protecting rhinos in Africa. These books will be used to educate local communities in Zimbabwe about their amazing wildlife!

Each person that donates a book will receive a rhino conservation bracelet AND a Houston Zoo Conservation Hero pin!

Book donation details:

    • New or gently used
    • Appropriate for ages 9-12 years
    • Books include photos and information about African animals such as rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos, etc.

Each person that donates a wildlife book on Sept 21st or 22nd will receive a rhino bracelet and a Houston Zoo Conservation Hero pin! *Note 1 bracelet & 1 pin per person.

Each person who brings a new or gently used wildlife book to the Rhino SOS on 9/21 or 9/22 will receive a rhino bracelet and conservation hero pin!
Each person who brings a new or gently used wildlife book to the Rhino SOS on 9/21 or 9/22 will receive a rhino bracelet and conservation hero pin!

Want to be a conservation hero ALL weekend long? Check out some of the other events you can participate in to be a Conservation Hero!

Elephant Open House: Saturday, September 21st from 8:00-10:30am. Buy tickets online now!

-Visit the MARVEL Superheroes Spider-Man and Iron Man at the Houston Zoo on Saturday, September 21st or Sunday, september 22nd from 10am-3pm. This event is FREE with your Zoo admission!

Be an Elephant Hero – Upcoming Elephant Events, Online Auction

At the Houston Zoo we are proud to exhibit some of the world’s most unique, intelligent and fascinating animals. Our Asian elephants at the Zoo are hard to miss- we have lots of them and they are quite big! We are determined to protect our zoo’s elephant counterparts in the wild, both in Asia and Africa, but we can’t do it without you!

Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo
Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo

Did you know you are a conservation hero every time you visit the Zoo? Just by coming here and watching our animals, you are helping to save species in the wild. A portion of every ticket sold goes towards conserving animals in their natural habitats.

Did you know you can be an elephant conservation hero? By attending the Elephant Open House on Saturday, September 21st (8:00am-10:30am) you’ll not only have fun, learn more about our Asian elephant herd and the dedicated keepers that take care of them-you’ll also contribute to efforts to save these giants in the wild??? Sounds like a win-win!

There are so many ways you can be a conservation hero, whether you are hoping to help protect elephants, rhinos, or even toads-we want you to be part of our efforts to save wildlife and wild places!

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Can’t make it to the zoo for our elephant open house but still want to help protect them in the wild?

  • Check out our online auction running September 9th through October 1st. All proceeds help save elephants in the wild. Items range from exclusive dinners at top Houston restaurants to fabric wildlife animals made by women n Rwanda.
  • Join us at our annual Feed Your Wild Life Conservation Gala on October 9th featuring Save The Elephants founder Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton.
  • Join us and other friends in Houston on a March for Elephants on October 4, starting at City Hall.
  • Donate to the Houston Zoo to save wild elephants.

Join us for other conservation hero related events the weekend of September 21st and 22nd. Events include a rhino spotlight on species (celebrating World Rhino Day!) with a wildlife book donation to benefit students in Zimbabwe who live alongside rhinos, and a meet a superhero event featuring MARVEL characters Spider-Man and Iron Man!

Look out for more be a hero blogs here and events on our zoo calendar!

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