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The Houston Zoo is one of four zoos to breed and release these birds in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Zoo’s breeding program is located on the grounds of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, on a plot of land that resembles their natural habitat of the coastal prairie. The eggs are incubated, and the chicks are raised until they are large enough to pass a medical evaluation. Once they have been medically cleared, they are released back into the wild to join existing populations.

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