Unlocking the Wonders of the Houston Zoo: 10 Captivating Facts

Historic Roots

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The Houston Zoo opened its doors in 1922 and has a rich history of providing entertainment and education to the public for nearly a century.

Size and Scope

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The zoo covers approximately 55 acres and is home to over 6,000 animals worldwide.

Naturalistic Habitats

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Many exhibits at the Houston Zoo are designed to replicate the natural environments of the animals, providing a more immersive experience for visitors.

Primate Conservation

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The zoo participates in conservation programs to protect and conserve various primate species, including the critically endangered Western lowland gorillas.

Texas Wetlands

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The Texas Wetlands exhibit showcases native Texan wildlife and is an educational opportunity to learn about local ecosystems.

African Forest

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 This exhibit features a multi-species habitat with chimpanzees, rhinoceroses, and giraffes, among others.

Bird Diversity

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 The zoo has a vast collection of bird species, including exotic and endangered ones, in the Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit.

Award-Winning Exhibit

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The African Forest exhibit won the AZA Exhibit Award in 2011, recognizing its excellence in animal care and visitor engagement.

Conservation Initiatives

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 The Houston Zoo is involved in various conservation projects, such as those aimed at protecting sea turtles, elephants, and the Attwater's prairie chicken.

Educational Programs

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The zoo offers a range of educational programs and experiences for visitors of all ages, fostering an understanding of wildlife and the importance of conservation.