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.
History is the same every time you open up a book, maybe educational, but a bit redundant so how about we jazz it up a bit. Kate Henning does just that with her own take on a tale of the past in The Last Wife.
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.
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
Sims Bayou, one of nine bayous being transformed under the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative, celebrated its ribbon cutting for the Sims Bayou Greenway on June 8. This new stretch of bayou greenway is 1.8-miles long with a hike and bike trail extending from Heatherbrook Drive to Hillcroft Avenue.
All photos by F. Carter Smith, courtesy of Houston Parks Board.
Big winners at the 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition on Galveston's East Beach included a triple-win by Kirksey + Metzger for Smurf and Turf which took home the Golden Bucket 1st place win, the tallest standing structure and best traditional castle; plus a double-win by Gensler + Harvey for Return of the Crawfish! which netted the Silver Shovel 2nd place win and most Houston-Centric category.
The not-too-shabby Bronze Shovel 3rd place win went to Ziegler Cooper Architects for Quest for the Holy Pail. The annual competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation and serves as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. For more information, visit aiahouston.org/v/site-home/AIA-Sandcastle/3m.
Photos courtesy of AIA Houston; additional photos courtesy of Gensler.