The Houston Zoo’s conservation purpose is to further the Houston Zoo’s mission of “fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world” by connecting the public to our efforts to save species in the wild. Through our wildlife conservation projects and partnerships, which work to conserve the wild counterparts of our ambassador animals at the Zoo, we will inspire all people to respect value and conserve wildlife and wild places.
We have many animals from the weird and wonderful island of Madagascar in Africa. If you have visited the Zoo in the past few months you may have had the pleasure of watching our baby sifaka and ring-tailed lemurs grow and mature. And, guests always enjoy the antics of our fascinating fossa and are dazzled by our beautiful Madagascar love birds. You may have also heard that the Houston Zoo was the first zoo in history to have Madagascar big-headed turtle babies two years ago. The Houston Zoo has a deep appreciation and admiration for Madagascar and we want to do everything we can to save the species that live there.
Last year, The Houston Zoo invited lemur biologist/conservationist, Jonah Ratsimbazafy to be a part of our Wildlife Speaker Series. Jonah was born and raised in Madagascar and has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation. Our Zoo community got to see his commitment to saving all Madagascar wildlife from extinction. This June, Houston Zoo conservation staff will be visiting Jonah in Madagascar to seek ways we can most effectively assist his conservation efforts. We will do our best to bring you along on this expedition by attempting to keep you informed and updated as frequently as Africa’s internet connection allows.
Did you know that every time you purchase a ticket to come to the Zoo you help animals in the wild? A portion of your admission ticket goes to efforts to save animals from extinction. The Houston Zoo deeply cares for the animals we house on Zoo grounds and seeks to support and participate in the best conservation efforts to save them in the wild. We currently support over 20 conservation projects in over 10 different countries. Our Zoo’s conservation department serves the Zoo by selecting, monitoring and evaluating each program to guarantee the effectiveness and long-term success. To learn more about and help us with our conservation efforts, please visit our website. To keep up-to-date on wildlife conservation in the field, make sure to follow our Houston Zoo blogs and Facebook pages!