Cuteness alert: It's time for another birth announcement over at the Houston Zoo. After a two-year pregnancy and a short labor, the wait is over for mom Shanti who gave birth to a 305-pound female elephant on July 12. Welcome to Houston, baby Joy. All photos by Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo.
The right to free speech is alive and well in the Bayou City. In the first half of 2017 we've gathered to speak our minds about causes near and dear to our hearts. Here are just a few of the photos from events that addressed women's issues, health care, congressional leadership, President Trump (pro and con), Governor Abbott, immigration, the Yulin dog meat festival, the perceived threat to the Sam Houston Monument, and employment terms for firefighters.
An odd piece of Texas legislation due to go into effect September 1 allowing hunters to shoot feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons appears to have neglected input from one key constituency: the pilots themselves. “It seems like one of the most ill-conceived pieces of legislature I’ve ever...
The maternity ward has been busy, busy, busy over at the Houston Zoo. A California sea lion pup was born to Cali, but we have to hold off on naming the little tyke until its gender is determined. We also saw twin red river hogs born to Luna, a quartet of white blotched river stingrays in the aquarium department, and a pair of recently-hatched Palawan peacock-pheasant chicks. And those scary vipers? Not so scary when you see how tiny the African bush vipers actually are. Welcome to H-Town, little guys.
The only genre we're missing here is the Motown Funk of the 60's.
Don't call them creepy, because bats, lemurs and other pollinators play a valuable role in transporting pollen from one plant to the next. These pollen-toting critters are responsible for as much as a third of the foods we consume, including maple syrup, ice cream, fruit and — for the 21 and up crowd — tequila.This weekend the Houston Zoo is celebrating these amazing pollinators (bees, butterflies, beetles, birds, bats, lizards, slugs and lemurs) with Pollinator Palooza, presented by Whole Foods Market. Come listen to music, see the ladybug release and participate in pollinator-themed games and activities.
Houston Zoo schedule for Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, 2017:
- 10:00 a.m. – Ladybug release at the Butterfly Garden
- 10:00 a.m. – Pollinator Puppet Show near the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
- 10:30 a.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Bug House
- 11:00 a.m. – Pollinator Puppet Show near the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
- 12:00 p.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Lemurs in Wortham World of Primates
- 12:00 p.m. – Pollinator Puppet Show near the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
- 1:00 p.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Bats in Natural Encounters (June 25 only)
- 1:00 p.m. – Pollinator Puppet Show near the Naturally Wild Swap Shop
- 1:30 p.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Bats in John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
- 2:00 p.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Bats in Natural Encounters (June 24 only)
- 3:30 p.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Lemurs in Wortham World of Primates