|Date opened||September 1922|
|Location||Houston, Texas, USA|
|Land area||55 acres (22 ha)|
|Number of animals||6,000|
|Number of species||900|
The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre (22 ha) zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston, Texas, United States. The Zoo houses over 6,000 animals as a part of over 900 species that the zoo has to offer, and receives 1.8 million visitors each year and is the tenth most visited zoo in the United States. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The Houston Zoo's mission statement is "The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world."
Since 2002 the non-profit corporation Houston Zoo Inc. has operated the zoo. Prior to 2002 the Houston Zoo was operated by the City of Houston.
Shasta VI, the mascot of the University of Houston with a Houston Zoo trainer
The Houston Zoo is an active partner in the AZA's Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program, a population management and conservation program for selected species housed in North American zoos.
The Zoo supports more than a dozen conservation projects in Texas and across the globe that assist in the survival of endangered wildlife and habitats. Wildlife conservation projects include the Houston Toad, Texas sea turtle, Attwater's Prairie Chicken, gorilla, Galapagos Island tortoise, Bornean orangutan and elephant, Clouded leopard, lion, frogs, Brazilian tapir, rhino, African painted dog, chimpanzee, okapi, cheetah and other animals.
Information on these conservation programs can be found at http://www.houstonzoo.org/protect-animals/
Here is a list of some of the current animals as of 2013.
Anderson’s Newt, Asian Climbing Toad, Aquatic Caecilian, Barton Springs Salamander, Blue Poison Arrow Frog, European Fire SalamanderFile-eared Tree Frog, Giant Waxy Monkey Tree Frog, Glass Frog, Golden Mantella, Hourglass Tree Frog, Houston ToadLemur Tree Frog, Mandarin Newt, Panamanian Golden Frog, Sabana Surinam Toad, Sambava Tomato Frog, Spine-headed Tree Frog
African Pygmy Falcon, African Spoonbill, Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, Bald Eagle, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Blue-Billed Curassow, Blue-Throated Macaw, Brown Pelican, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Chilean Flamingo, Cinereous Vulture, Double-wattled Cassowary, Golden-headed Manakin, Golden-headed Quetzal, Green AracariGreen-winged Macaw, Great Argus Pheasant, Great Horned Owl, Grey-winged Trumpeter, Hammerkop, Hooded Merganser, Javan Green Peafowl, Kagu, King Vulture, Lady Ross’s Turaco, Laughing Kookaburra, Micronesian Kingfisher, Northern-helmeted Curassow, Ostrich, Pesquet’s ParrotPlush-crested Jay, Pompadour Cotinga, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Red Bird-of-Paradise, Red-crowned Crane, Red-Fronted Macaw, Rhinoceros Hornbill,Shoebill Stork, St. Vincent Amazon Parrot, Waldrapp Ibis, White-bellied Go-away Bird, White-crested Laughing Thrush, White-eared Catbird, Wood Stork
African Lion, African Painted Dog, Agile Gibbon, Allen’s Swamp Monkey, Andean Bear, Ankole Cattle, Asian Elephant, Asian Small-clawed Otter, Babirusa, Baird’s Tapir, Binturong, Bongo, Cheetah, Chimpanzee, Clouded Leopard, Coquerel’s, Sifaka, Cotton-topped Tamarin, Cougar, Crowned Lemur, Damara Mole-Rat, Fossa, Giant Anteater, Giant Eland, Goat, Goeldi’s Monkey, Golden Lion Tamarin, Greater Kudu, Grizzly Bear, Jaguar, Malayan Tiger, Mandrill, Maned Wolf Masai Giraffe, Meerkat, Naked Mole-Rat, North American Porcupine, Nyala Antelope, Ocelot, Okapi, Orangutan, North American River Otter, Patas Monkey, Pied Tamarin, Pygmy Marmoset, Raccoon, Red-capped Mangabey, Red-fronted Lemur, Red Panda, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Schmidt’s Red-tailed Guenon, Sea Lion, Siamang, Southern Three-Banded Armadillo, Southern White Rhino, Straw-colored Fruit Bat, Swift Fox, Tamandua, Warthog, White-Tailed Deer, Zebra (Grant’s)
American Alligator, Anegada Island Iguana, Armenian Viper, Aruba Island Rattlesnake, Big Headed Turtle, Black Mamba, Boelen’s Python, Bushmaster, Coahuilan Box Turtle, Copperhead, Coral SnakeCottonmouth, Crocodile Monitor, Diamondback Terrapin, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Fringed Leaf Tailed Gecko, Gaboon Viper, Galapagos Tortoise, Gila Monster, Green Anaconda, Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake, Hognosed Snake, Indian Star Tortoise, King Cobra, Komodo Dragon, Lace Monitor, Leopard Tortoise, Panther Chameleon, Radiated Tortoise, Reticulated Python Texas Rat Snake, Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Australian Lungfish, Brain Coral, Checkerboard Freshwater Stingray, Clownfish, Giant Pacific Octopus, Green Moray Eel, Gray Smoothound Shark, Lined Seahorse, Moon Jelly, Red Lionfish, Redbellied Piranha
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