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Monday, October 27, 2008

Galveston’s Moody Gardens Animals Find Refuge at Gladys Porter Zoo

Hurricane Ike left more than just people displaced from their homes. More than 100 animals from Galveston’s Moody Gardens have been moved to South Texas’ Gladys Porter Zoo due to the severity of the damage sustained by the organization’s Rainforest exhibit.

About 80 percent of the Rainforest Pyramid’s animal collection, mainly freshwater fish, and two percent of the plants, did not survive the Hurricane Ike's storm surge. Flooding caused saltwater to rise through the building’s basement and into the exhibit threatening the freshwater fish. About 10,000 animals that reside in the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid survived the storm.

“During this extraordinary time of need, we are just glad that our zoo can offer a helping hand,” said Colette Adams, General Curator.

The animals currently residing at the Gladys Porter Zoo from Moody Gardens include two-toed sloths, sugar gliders, Egyptian fruit bats, short-tailed bats, Prevosts squirrels, white and brown pelicans, coscoroba swans, ne-ne geese, caiman lizards, a Meller’s chameleon, prehensile tailed skinks, Solomon Island ground skinks, a New Caledonian crested gecko, Madagascar giant day geckos, tokay geckos, dwarf caiman, and a Chinese alligator.

Animals from Moody Garden’s Rainforest Pyramid have been sent to zoos and aquariums around the nation, awaiting the completed restoration of the exhibit. Some of the animals currently residing at the Gladys Porter Zoo may be introduced into the habitats on public display within the next few months. Two caiman lizards, along with a host of pelicans, are the first of the Moody Garden animals to make their Rio Grande Valley debut; the lizards are being housed and displayed in the Herpetarium’s Aquatic Wing and the pelicans can be seen along the resaca in the South American section of the zoo.

All of the animals from Moody Gardens have been added to the zoo’s “Adopt an Animal” campaign. If you are interested in adopting a Moody Gardens animal or donating to their upkeep, please visit our Web site at or call (956) 546-7187for more information. For additional details on the Moody Gardens clean up and reconstruction effort, visit or call (800) 582-4673.

SOURCE: Gladys Porter Zoo


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moody Gardens has an indoor section dedicated to the Fishermen of the Gulf of Mexico and also the shrimp brands and processing plants of Texas. Brownsville's major employer shrimp plant pictures are there along with Captain Bob's Brand boxes and pictures of Captain Bob's restaurant. Brownsville should honor that industry also. Our local industry is honored in Galveston, Texas.

Robert "Captain Bob" Sanchez

Monday, October 27, 2008  

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