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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.

Conservation Corner: Love is in the Air

Conservation Corner: Love is in the Air

February 10, 2020

We’re excited to announce a new bi-monthly blog series, “Conservation Corner,” where we will take you behind the scenes and show you just what it takes to save a species in the wild.…


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Tympanuchus cupido attwateri


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 2019, 164 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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