Easy Action: Offer water sources, safe spaces, and plant native plants for birds, bugs, and other wildlife.
How the Houston Zoo Helps
- The Houston Zoo provides habitats for pollinators like butterflies and bees through Pollinator Stations (homes for bugs pictured above) and native plant gardens located throughout the Zoo.
- Zoo staff have used acoustic monitoring devices to find seven different wild bat species (Northern yellow, Evening, Eastern red, Silver haired, Hoary, Tricolored, Mexican freetail) living on Zoo grounds. The data collected from the devices will help to inform future bat protection plans. The wild bats are enjoying all of the water in the new Texas Wetlands exhibit.
- Since 2016, Zoo staff have ID tagged (placing tiny stickers on the wing) 161 monarch butterflies on Zoo grounds. ID tagging monarchs each fall helps researchers answer questions about the timing and pace of the monarch migration and helps to inform future protection plans.
- The Zoo uses bird-safe window treatment to ensure that local and migratory birds are able to fly through the Zoo safely. You can see the bird-safe windows up close at the Cypress Circle Café in the Texas Wetlands.
- Owl nest boxes in Explore the Wild and the Children’s Zoo provide safe places for wild screech owls.
How You Can Help
- Help protect monarch butterflies on their migration by ID tagging butterflies at home or at school! Click here to learn more.
- You can help save bats in the wild by offering bat houses for them in your yards. They will help you control the insects!
- You can put our water sources for the bugs to drink. Shallow pools of water help bugs to refuel when traveling long distances. The Dragon flies love the Zoo’s new Texas Wetlands exhibit!
- Support local and migratory bird species by:
- Planting native/local plants like Turk’s cap and Texas frogfruit
- Installing and maintaining a water feature
- Installing and maintaining a nest box
- Installing and maintaining a bird feeder
- Click here, or check out our Quick Start Guide: Bird Friendly Neighborhoods Houston Zoo for tips on how to get started!
- Become a Pollinator Pal! On your next trip to the Zoo bring pictures, reports or drawings of your wildlife friendly space to the Swap Shop and earn trading points to spend in the shop!