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Attwater’s Prairie Chicken

While you won’t see this animal when you visit the Zoo, our zoo keepers breed these animals behind the scenes and release them into the wild to ensure they will not go extinct.

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Meet Wildlife Heroes Amanda, DeAndra and Dr. Maryanne at the SCF SOS Event this Saturday!

Meet Wildlife Heroes Amanda, DeAndra and Dr. Maryanne at the SCF SOS Event this Saturday!

January 3, 2019

On Saturday, January 5th we invite you to join us for a very special Spotlight on Species event featuring members of our Houston Zoo team that are going above and beyond to save…

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Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Tympanuchus cupido attwateri

Range

Texas coastal prairie

Location in the Zoo

Behind the Scenes

Cool Animal Fact

The Attwater’s Prairie Chicken is not a chicken! It’s technically a grouse – and it’s vanishing from the coastal prairies of Texas.

Working To Save This Endangered Species

In 2018, 224 Attwater’s prairie chickens were released into the wild. The effort is saving this rare Texas bird from extinction.

2,464 acres of the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge was treated to manage red imported fire ants – protecting the valuable food source for chicks.

How You Can Help

Donate to the Houston Zoo’s conservation fund to help support this project.

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