Learn More About the Animals at Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens is home to over 5,500 animals representing 650 different species from around the world.  Moody Gardens is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and is dedicated to the survival of selected wildlife species. We’ve put together a few fun facts about some of the awesome animals living at Moody Gardens.


Blue Duiker: The blue duiker is a small antelope with slate-colored fur and a slight bluish tint. The average lifespan of this nocturnal animal is about ten to twelve years. Blue duikers come from forested and shrub habitats, including rainforests throughout central and southern Africa. They are omnivorous, feeding on seeds, mosses, leaves, fruit, and the occasional small animal. The word “duiker” is Afrikaans for “diver,” and the animal was given this name because the antelope dives into undergrowth when startled. The animal is becoming less common in the wild because of hunting. It is not necessarily threatened with extinction but still needs extra care to ensure its survival.

African Speckled Pigeon: This African bird is brown to bluish-gray with a gray head and underside. Its name stems from the white speckles on its wings. These birds also have red skin visible around each eye. They can grow to be about thirteen inches in length from head to tail. African Speckled Pigeons can be found in grasslands, urban areas, forests, and cliff ledges south of the African Sahara. They eat seeds, grains, and fruits and are a very urban species in Africa. They are a non-threatened species.

Panamanian Golden Frog: This brightly colored frog is yellow-orange with black splotches. Its skin secretions are toxic and used as a defense mechanism against predators. The Panamanian Golden Frog can be found in moist, humid, forested areas in Panama (hence the name). This golden frog is an insectivore, surviving off a variety of insects. It is a cultural symbol of the Republic of Panama and is a threatened species, meaning it needs extra precautions taken to ensure its survival.

Learn more about the animals of Moody Gardens by visiting the Aquarium Pyramid and Rainforest Pyramid. Be sure to check out the Moody Gardens Hotel for family-friendly accommodations on your next trip.

Check out Moody Gardens Hotel and Property Amenities

At the Moody Gardens Hotel, we believe in providing our guests with a pleasant and memorable stay, which is why we’re the most popular resort in the Galveston area offering world-class service.


Hotel Amenities

  • Upscale full-service spa and salon
  • High-speed Internet in all guest rooms
  • Wireless Internet access in hotel Lobby, Shearn’s Lounge, and pool side
  • Indoor lap pool
  • Texas-size pool with swim-up bar
  • Hot tub
  • Sales and catering services
  • Mini-refrigerators
  • In-room safes
  • Plush bathrobes
  • 37” Televisions
  • Express check-out
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Outdoor jogging track
  • Complimentary business center with high-speed Internet access
  • Child-care services
  • Concierge
  • Laundry service
  • Twice-daily maid service with evening turn-down
  • Complimentary shoe shine
  • Valet parking
  • Self parking
  • Weekday newspaper delivery
  • Voicemail
  • ATM
  • Check cashing
  • Audio/Visual services
  • Mail/Shipping services
  • Florist
  • Boutique Le Fleur hotel gift shop
  • Casablanca’s Apparel
  • Complimentary shuttle to historic strand district shopping (weekends)
  • Kids’ camp (summer)
  • Marina slips (seasonal)


Property Amenities

  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access for the business center, North Tower guestrooms, main lobby, and poolside terrace.
  • Business center with access to computers and laptop connectivity located in the lobby across from the Frances Anne Moody Ballroom. Printing, copying, faxing, secretarial services, and shipping services are also available in the business center.
  • Fitness center with a full circuit of Cybex machines, cardio equipment, free weights, and separate women’s and men’s changing rooms with showers, lockers, and saunas. Complimentary weekly yoga classes are available, and the Fitness Center is accessible 24-hours a day with your room key.
  • Jog around our 3/8-mile track with a scenic path along the marina and volleyball courts.
  • Complimentary courtesy shuttle service can take you to and from full service boat slips along the Offat’s Bayou at Palm Beach.
  • Access to our laundry room 24-hours a day on the garage level.
  • Complimentary shuttle service will take you around Moody Gardens, The Cruise Ship Terminal, The Strand Shopping District, and to and from Scholes International Airport.


If you’re looking for family friendly hotels in Texas, with great service and amenities, than you’ve found the right place! Moody Gardens and Moody Gardens Hotel is the perfect place for your next vacation destination.


Field Trips to Moody Gardens

While Moody Gardens is fun and entertaining, it is first and foremost a nonprofit educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research. Which is why it is the perfect destination for a field trip! There is so much to learn and explore at Moody Gardens. Guided and unguided programs are available. There are three different fantastic field trip options to choose from.


Rainforest Exploration

Students will get to experience hands-on fun with some of Moody Gardens’ exotic animals at The Learning Place. A guided tour through our “tropical classroom,” the Rainforest Pyramid, gives students the opportunity to observe interesting plants, exotic fish, and colorful birds from the rainforests of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The trip includes a visit to the MG 3D Theater for a multi-sensory viewing of an educational film.


Ocean Exploration

An instructional presentation starts off this underwater adventure and is followed by a guided tour of the Aquarium Pyramid. In the underwater “classroom,” students observe exotic fish, unusual invertebrates, frolicking seals, and playful penguins. The Aquarium Pyramid features the underwater environment of the Caribbean, South Atlantic, North Pacific, and South Pacific. The trip includes a visit to the MG 3D Theater.



You can custom-design your own field trip by choosing your favorite attractions and creating a unique learning experience! Select a self-guided tour of the Aquarium Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, a film at the MG 3D Theater, a simulated moving adventure at the Ridefilm Theaters, a ride on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat (weather-permitting), or a multi-sensory experience in the 4D Special FX Theater.


For more information on field trips, visit us online at www.moodygardens.com. Be sure to let your local schools know!


For events in Galveston, be sure to check out Moody Gardens Attractions, Moody Gardens Golf Course, and Moody Gardens Hotel. We hope to see you soon!