Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands

Now Open Year Round

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Description:

The Texas Wetlands brings together three native Texas species—bald eagles, whooping cranes, and American alligators—in a lush wetland habitat. Thanks to the Endangered Species Act and the efforts of Texans, these three species, once close to extinction, now thrive in the Lone Star State.

In the heart of the zoo on the site of the former duck pond, the Houston Zoo has created a true wild wetland. Designed with living plants to filter the water for the Texas Wetlands’ animal residents and to flood and slowly release water to the bayous during heavy rains, the habitat demonstrates the importance and resilience of this valuable environment. Guests will be able to enjoy a boardwalk stroll and experience a close-up view of these beautiful animals that Texans have helped save from extinction.

This dynamic ecosystem also supports gar, snapping turtles, and a rich diversity of insects, fishes, and other small animals that make up the web of life in a natural wetland.