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Outgoing Houston Zoo CEO Discusses the State of the Zoo and the Return of Gorillas

Posted on · Houston Zoo President and CEO Deborah Cannon is retiring this summer, after more than 10 years leading the organization. She joins Houston Matters to talk about her time at the zoo and how it’s changed. Cannon’s visit comes as the zoo unveils its new gorilla exhibit to the public. It’s been 11 years since the zoo has […]

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What’s New at the Zoo?

Posted on · You may have visited the Houston Zoo dozens of times, but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? We welcome your questions for Houston Zoo President and CEO Deborah Cannon and Beth Schaefer, Curator of Carnivores and Primates.

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Video Game Research, Houston Zoo, and Planet Taco: Houston Matters for Thursday, September 4, 2014

Posted on · There’s all sorts of research being conducted into the effects of video games. Some worry that violent games desensitize kids towards violence in real life. Others worry about their impact on eyesight, or how they affect kids’ personalities. Here in Greater Houston, a couple of research efforts involving video games explore their impact in ways […]

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Meet Duncan — The New Baby Elephant at the Houston Zoo

Posted on · We learn about Duncan, the new baby elephant born this month at the Houston Zoo. Duncan was born around 2:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, to mother Shanti. He’s a 385-pound Asian elephant. This is Shanti’s fourth baby, zoo staffers say. Martina Stevens, the Houston Zoo’s elephant manager, describes the birth process and how Duncan’s adjusting […]