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Meet Houston! Houston is a beautiful, female giant anteater that was identified last year by our partners, @projetotatucanastra in Cerrado, a tropical savanna region of Brazil. She was found near one of the busiest highways in the state, but to their surprise, she never crossed the noisy highway where so many other giant anteaters have been sadly killed. Instead, she stays near a small stream where the forests protect her. Four months ago the team was thrilled to see a tiny pup on her back! Now that she has a baby she’s become pretty shy and she is sometimes hard to spot, however on Wednesday, the team snapped this picture and you can see the pup is thriving. The team named Houston in honor of the Houston Zoo’s support to the project in Brazil, and will continue to monitor her and the new pup.
Every time you visit the Zoo, a portion of your ticket proceeds go toward saving animals in the wild, but it doesn't have to end there. Small changes like switching to a reusable water bottle, passing on plastic bags, and skipping the plastic straw are all easy actions that make a big difference for wildlife. Thank you for helping us save animals in the wild!
#Repost@lionlandscapes@amivitale (@get_repost) Photo by @amivitale. Isaak Kosgei looks into the darkness inside a boma (enclosure) at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Behind him is an alarm developed by Savannah Tracking, which will blast sound and flash lights when a lion collared by @lionlandscapes approaches. On his phone, is an app developed by @savetheelephants and @Vulcan that gives him access to real time collared lion movements. Knowing where lions are and providing non-violent methods to scare them away promotes a peaceful coexistence. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#savannahtracking#lionlandscapesrangers#theperegrinefund#coexistencecoop#collaringforcoexistence#lion#monitoring#conservation#laikipia#livingwithlions#WillsAfricaTrust#WildCRU#kenya#northernkenya#africa#everydayafrica#amivitale@natgeo@natgeoimagecollection@thephotosociety@nikonusa#nikonlove#nikon#d850#nikonambassador#nikonnofilter👌🏼
Last week, on Monday, Jan. 21 in the ring-tailed lemur habitat at the Houston Zoo, a tiny (and we mean TINY) baby ring-tailed lemur was born to experienced mom, Cairrean. At an estimated three ounces at birth, the unnamed baby will cling to Cairrean’s chest for a couple of weeks before moving to her back and then will stay clinging to mom until he or she is several weeks old. But wait, there’s more! Just before Christmas, on Dec. 23, a male Coquerel’s sifaka baby was born to mom Zenobia. He has been named Dionysius by the primate keepers and is becoming increasingly more confident venturing away from his mother’s back. Coquerel’s sifaka are a species of lemur known for their unusual locomotion called vertical clinging and leaping. While upright, they bounce through the trees using the strength of their hindlegs. The Houston Zoo is dedicated to saving animals in the wild, including endangered lemurs. Learn more on our website!
#Repost@lionlandscapes (@get_repost) ・・・ #Repost@amivitale (@get_repost) ・・・ Photo by @amivitale. A lion looks up from his freshly caught wild prey at @loisaba_conservancy in Laikipia, northern Kenya. Large wide ranging carnivores like lions are normally one of the first mammal species to be lost in areas shared with people and livestock. Their presence in a human dominated landscape like this one is a symbol of a successful coexistence. Apex predators like lions play a vital role in maintaining a healthy balance in an ecosystem, impacting everything below them, from soil nutrients and disease, to plant, prey and scavenger populations. If lions are doing well then the entire ecosystem is likely doing well. In the long term, that means the ecosystem will be better able to support the people that also rely on it. To learn more, follow @lionlandscapes, @loisaba_conservancy, @nature_africa, @peregrinefund and @tusk_org who are working together to promote coexistence between humans and lions for the benefit of people and nature in northern Kenya. Lion conservation is facing huge challenges and no one organisation can solve them alone. Vital partnerships like these make the huge undertaking of saving these magnificent creatures possible. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy (@nature_africa). @elewanacollection@nature_org@kenyawildlifeservice@houstonzoo@sandiegozoo#lionlandscapesrangers#peregrinefund#coexistencecoop#collaringforcoexistence#lion#monitoring#conservation#laikipia#livingwithlions#WillsAfricaTrust#WildCRU#kenya#northernkenya#africa#everydayafrica#amivitale
When you visit the Houston Zoo, you’re doing more than seeing your favorite animals. You’re supporting actions that save wildlife. Elephants in Borneo, giant anteaters in Brazil, tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, and the Houston toad here in Texas; all of these animals, and the others you see, are helped in the wild because you visit them at the Houston Zoo.