Saving an Iconic Bird from ExtinctionAugust 27, 2021
The Houston Zoo is helping one of the most endangered birds in North America make a comeback. A century ago, there were about one million Attwater’s prairie chickens in the wild, today it…
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 2020, 57 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.