Rare Monitor Lizards on Exhibit in Herpetarium

We have two very special lizards new to the zoo!  These are Gray’s monitors (Varanus olivaceus), also called Butaan dragons! They came to us from the Los Angeles Zoo. We are very happy to have them on display in a newly renovated exhibit inside the Herpetarium. Native to the Philippine Islands, Gray’s monitors are unique in terms of […]

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Endangered Hornbills Back at the Zoo After 45 Years

It has been 45 years since the Zoo has last cared for rhinoceros hornbills. In 1971, the Zoo acquired 2 male rhino hornbills, but after a brief period at the Zoo, one was transferred to another zoo in 1972, and the other was transferred the following year. The Zoo has grown a great deal since […]

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Two New Additions Will Soon Enjoy Their New Habitat

Gladys Porter Zoo staff are ecstatic to announce the addition of two baby colobus monkeys to the collection. The first was born on October 3rd and the second on November 9th.  In the wild, they are vulnerable to habitat destruction and have suffered extensively by hunting for bushmeat and skins, especially in highly populated areas. According to […]

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