Remember that time we almost lost the bald eagle, our beloved national symbol, to extinction? What about the whooping crane? American alligator? Yeah, we don't have to go there. Let's go to the Houston Zoo this Friday where we can see three species we've saved from extinction!
The Endangered Species Act worked its magic once again, and now these species are alive and thriving in Texas. Beginning May 24, the Houston Zoo is unveiling it's new Texas Wetlands habitat as the home for the new animals.
The bald eagle suffered a detrimental population drop due to the effects of pesticides in the 60s and 70s. It was finally removed from the endangered species list in 2007. You'll be hard-pressed to find bald eagles at just any zoo, as it's still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act because of its significance to the U.S.
The whooping crane almost lost their place in the food chain when they teetered near extinction in the 50s from hunting and habitat loss. There were only 20 brave cranes left. There are now 500 across Texas. Petition to stop calling people "queens" and start calling them "whooping cranes." That's an impressive creature.
The American alligator has been around for about 150 million years but was considered an endangered species in the late 60s. But that was way too far to come to just give out now. They made their comeback in the late 80s.
On Friday, May 24, you'll be able to see all these animals in the Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit as you walk along a boardwalk.
We almost didn't get to see them ever again. Now we can this weekend.
And in light of several recent events, a note is important to add. We better not have to write a piece next week about someone jumping inside the exhibit. #RIPHarambe
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