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					H O U S TO N Z O O A N N UA L R E P O R T 2 0 0 9
Mission: The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspira-
tional experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care
for the natural world.

houston Zoo, InC. board of dIreCtors

E. William Barnett                       Martyn Goossen            Barbara Samuels
 Baker Botts, LLP                         JP Morgan
                                                                   Courtney Lanier Sarofim
Freda Wilkerson Bass                     Robert Graham
 Exxon Mobil Corporation                 Chairman                  Cathryn Selman
                                          Invesco AIM
Nandita Berry                                                      Louis Sklar
 Locke Lord Bissell &                    Donald R. Kendall, Jr.     Hines
 Liddell LLP                              Kenmont Investments
                                          Management               Herman L. Stude
Jack S. Blanton, Sr.                                                H.L. Stude
 Eddy Refining Company                   Glenn L. Lowenstein
                                          The Lionstone Group      Shawn Taylor
Winfield M Campbell, Sr.
 Campbell & Riggs, PC                    Daniel C. McNair          Lori Vetters
                                          Houston Texans            Wachovia Bank, N.A.
Cathy Campbell Brock
                                         Stacy Methvin             Bonnie Weekley
Jan Cody                                  Shell Downstream Inc.
 Zoo Friends                                                       George R. Willy
                                         Stephen D. Newton          George R. Willy PC
Jonathan Day                              Russell Reynolds
 Andrews Kurth LLP                        Associates               E. W. Bill Wright III
                                                                    Wachovia Securities
Linnet Deily                             Suzanne Nimocks
                                          McKinsey & Company       Austin Young
Anne Duncan
                                         Charles Onstead
James A. Elkins, III                      Raco Construction
 Houston Trust Company

C o v e r P h o t o : t o b y, t h e r e d P a n d a
Toby the red panda joined the Houston Zoo family last spring and has captured the hearts of Hous-
tonians, living up to his reputation as the “cutest animal in the world.” Photo: Stephanie Adams,
Staff Photographer
H O U S TO N Z O O, I N C . A N N UA L R E P O RT 2 0 0 9

The Houston Zoo is proud to present a recap of the fiscal year in
the form of this 2009 Annual Report. This past year was one of
great accomplishment for the Houston Zoo. A new attendance
record, major improvements to the on-ground facilities, increases
in revenue and major strides taken by every department highlight
this great year. This report serves as a summary of the countless
hours, resources and energy put in by the dedicated staff that
care for the facility, the animals and guests of the Houston Zoo.

  Fiscal year 2009 was truly one for the record books as we set an all
  time high attendance record of over 1.72 million guests.

This figure is even more gratifying when you consider the unique
challenges we faced economically and from Mother Nature. We
started off our first quarter with a direct hit from Hurricane
Ike. Thanks to advanced planning and an incredibly dedicated
staff who worked nonstop to repair the Zoo, we were back up and
running in five days, one of the first public facilities to open after
this devastating storm.
    We believe our all time record attendance was        FY 2009 also marked our first foray into the
due to two principal factors: people stayed closer   new medium of viral marketing as we rolled out
to home due to the economic downturn and the         our new red panda exhibit principally through
significant improvements that have been made         online promotion. We are moving strongly into
to the Zoo over the past several years. These        using the social networking sites which gives
improvements have created a buzz about the Zoo       us access to a completely new base of potential
that is driving more people to visit and return      support. We have also formed a partnership with
more often.                                          Comcast Cable whereby Zoo videos are available
at any time by using the On Demand feature.           friends in 2009 including the tragic and sudden
Additionally, we have significantly upgraded our      death of Mac, our beloved two-year-old elephant
website so that there are new videos every week       calf, to an elephant herpes virus. In order to combat
of Zoo events such as new births, animal training     this deadly virus that affects both zoo and wild
and other interesting Zoo activities.                 elephants, we have partnered with the Baylor
     As in the past few years, we continued our       College of Medicine and enlisted a full time
work on improving the Zoo — again completing          researcher designated solely to finding a treatment
approximately 50 new major projects. Perhaps          and/or cure for this lethal virus.
the most noticeable were the new red panda                 Our zoo-based conservation efforts continue
exhibit, the new signage through the Zoo —            to help save wildlife and wild places around
including our wonderful new interactive signs —       the globe as you will read in another section of
new mesh in the small cat area and some small         this report. We provided over $680,000 to help
monkey exhibits in Wortham World of Primates,         critically endangered animals both near home
new site lighting and the refurbishment of the        and abroad. We hosted our second Zoos and
reflection pool.                                      Aquariums Committing to Conservation (ZACC)
     While it is easier to measure our steady         conference in January 2009 that brought 195
progress in terms of revenue generating activities,   field conservationists together to develop new
it is more difficult to gauge our progress in terms   strategies and priorities for saving the world’s
of the quality of our animal care, exhibits and       biodiversity.
conservation programs. As you will read in this            When we look at the highlights of our
report, we have a very dynamic animal collection      educational programs for the year, it is
with many new additions in 2009. Some of the          important to note that we continued to grow
significant births and hatchings included a           our educational programming during FY 2009,
newborn Coquerel’s sifaka (lemur), giraffe, three     with the number of programs growing more
bongo antelope calves and giant eland. Births         than 25%. Perhaps most exciting was the advent
among our birds included species of curassows,        of programs for homeschooled children where
rhino hornbill, blue-headed macaws and 76             we can bring science-based programming in
Attwater’s prairie chickens at our NASA based         a natural setting to students who operate in a
breeding facility. We also had numerous reptile       non-traditional classroom environment. Equally
and fish born or donated to the collection, of        important is the fact that we were able to double
which the 6,800 Houston toads (raised from eggs       our capacity for summer camps in the summer of
rescued from the wild) is the most impressive.        2009, including almost 300 campers from Title
     Additionally, we also augmented our collection   I schools who received scholarships for their
with some key acquisitions; these include our very    programs. Likewise, we were able to expand our
cute red panda, shoebill storks, young male sea       teen volunteer program so that more than 200
lion and cassowary. Our largest acquisition was       teens were able to volunteer this summer at the
the arrival of Tess and Tucker, our Asian elephant    Zoo. Not only does this increase their knowledge
mother and calf, that expanded our elephant           and appreciation of science, it also builds
family to five animals.                               great leadership skills and aids in the college
     Unfortunately, we also lost a few Zoo animal     application process.

  We hope you will agree that 2009 was a very good year for the
  Houston Zoo. Thank you for your support in helping us to do all
  that we do for our local and global community.

Robert Graham, Chairman Board of Directors Houston Zoo Inc. (left)
Deborah Cannon, President and CEO Houston Zoo Inc. (center)
Rick Barongi, Zoo Director Houston Zoo Inc. (right)

  Toby the red panda became the focal point of a viral marketing
  campaign touting him as the “world’s cutest animal.”

If you’ve visited the Zoo recently you have noticed that the koalas
have been replaced by Toby, a red panda. Billed as the “world’s
cutest animal,” Toby made his debut last March and has been
all over Facebook and Twitter. One blog even fantasized many of
our other animals being jealous of him. Most guests agree that
he is incredibly cute.
     Red pandas are crepuscular mammals (most active at dawn
and dusk) native to the foothills of the high Himalayas, so to
make him feel at home we maintain Toby’s enclosure at a cool
65 degrees. Bamboo forms his basic diet but the keepers rely
on two of his favorite foods – grapes and blueberries – to train
a few simple behaviors. For example, when they ring a doorbell
Toby knows to move from his holding area into the exhibit. One
of Toby’s distinguishing features is a very thick fluffy tail which
he can wrap around his body if he gets really cold.

  The addition of Tess and Tucker greatly strengthened the familial
  bond for the elephant herd.

A subset of zoos across the country are              view of how elephant families tend to behave in
strengthening their commitment to secure the         the wild.
future for elephants. Exhibits are being expanded        Twenty-six-year-old Tess is a very vocal moth-
to accommodate larger herds and enhanced to meet     er and four-year-old Tucker is a very inquisitive
the special behavioral needs of these incredible     youngster who is learning a great deal from his
creatures. Here at the Houston Zoo, we’re very       keepers. Initially he seemed afraid of the water
proud to be part of this national effort.            but, after a few simple lessons of “aversion ther-
     Last year, two newcomers to our herd of         apy,” he now takes regular dips in the elephant
Asian elephants, Tess and her son Tucker, arrived    pool and seems to really enjoy sharing mud baths
from California. The addition of Tess brings the     with mom.
number of mature females in our herd to three            Our new elephant barn and exhibit complex
and increases our potential contribution to the      demonstrate how modern zoos are improving
national captive breeding program. The addition      their facilities to meet the special needs of the
of a playful youngster like Tucker enriches the      animals under their care.
herd’s social mix and offers Zoo visitors a better

   Thanks to the generous support of David and Bonnie Weekley, Zoo
   signage got a major facelift this year.

                                                     the animal including their natural habitat, diet,
                                                     conservation status and other interesting facts. In
       Because signage is                            addition, we erected 42 additional signs for some of
          important for                              our more popular animals which give many more

       understanding our                             fun and little known facts about the animals. Most
                                                     fun, however, are the new “WOW” signs that are
    surroundings, these new                          interactive for our young guests to enjoy. These
   additions greatly enhance                         range from spinning wheels to learn more about
     the guest environment                           the animal, to a yardstick to compare the child’s
   contributing to the overall                       size to that of a giraffe, to “pop up” features.
        guest experience.                            Whatever their special feature, our young guests
                                                     have voted in favor of them with their feet, as it
                                                     is rare to see one of the signs without children in
Signage plays an important role in the Zoo. That     front of them.
begins with the signs that enable guests to find          We took our signage to a whole new level
their way to their favorite animals; we call this    in the reptile building where we have installed
“wayfinding” signage. We recovered 20 four-sided     30 LCD screens. These screens serve as both
pylons and added 15 new two-sided signs; together    the identification signs for over 100 species as
they have over 400 individual directions and 250     well as providing a backdrop of educational and
arrows providing accurate directional signage, all   entertaining videos. Many of these videos feature
in vivid, cheerful color.                            our own residents and show our keepers
    Next we installed more than 85 new animal        working with the various animals. Some also
identification signs, which give information on      display the innovative food delivery vehicles our
keepers use to ensure that their charges are kept      David and Bonnie Weekley, who were very
intellectually stimulated and challenged, thereby      focused on enabling us to provide items that
replicating life in the wild.                          were specifically designed to enhance the guest
    Another wonderful addition has been the            experience. In addition to the new signage, some
installation of eight sound systems throughout         less visible, but equally significant upgrades were
the Zoo. These give us the ability to have different   also accomplished as a result of the Weekley’s
animal and insect sounds in different parts of the     generosity. Improving upon the refurbished
Zoo. They also enable us to play music at certain      reflection pool, the concrete columns along the
times of the day as well as make announcements         walkways were covered in colorful tiles and then
that can be heard throughout the Zoo. Thus, we         further enhanced with metal cutouts at the top of
are able to call attention to special happenings,      the columns which add critical lighting. Perhaps
such as our sea lion shows. These sounds greatly       less glamorous, but necessary, all trash receptacles
enhance a visit.                                       were replaced throughout the Zoo. And we’re
    All of these important additions were made         pleased to report that our guests are making great
possible through the incredible generosity of          use of these!

   The new Zoo signage is not only informative but also interactive.

   The reflection pool renovation not only provides a picturesque setting
   but also is a model for conservation.

refleCtIon Pool renovatIons

One of the Zoo’s most iconic and picturesque structures, the
reflection pool, underwent major renovation this year. Repairs
were desperately needed, as this 1950s-era addition to the
zoological garden was not constructed with water conservation
in mind. In fact, converting the pool to a closed system by
installing new circulating pumps is expected to save as much
as five million gallons of water a year. The renovations required
temporary relocation of the pool’s finned residents – the koi had
to spend a few months in the aquarium. They’re back home now,
swimming about in a new and beautifully landscaped aquatic
Concrete columns were wrapped in decorative tile and exhibits became
more guest-friendly.

                         I C a n s e e C l e a r ly n o w … t h e C ag e I s g o n e !

                         When temperatures drop during the winter months, our
    Many of the          Facilities Department takes advantage of the smaller crowds
  enhancements           and moves into high gear. This past winter, they installed a new
 were not so subtle      high-visibility metal mesh on the fronts of several carnivore
  and provided a         and primate enclosures while the animals were kept safely off

 better experience       exhibit awaiting the makeovers. As a result, visitors can now

for guests through-      get a much better look at our leopards, clouded leopards, fossa,
                         howler monkeys and tamarins. You might call it a new look on
    out the Zoo.
                         wildlife! In fact, some of our tamarins initially were afraid to
                         come out as they didn’t recognize the mesh was still in place.

  Zoo staff stayed around the clock in preparation for the hurricane
  and its aftermath.

Hurricanes are no strangers to Houston, so the Zoo must be well
prepared to handle these seasonal bouts of intense and poten-
tially dangerous weather. The basic strategy is to “batten down
the hatches” and ride out the storm, which often calls for a well-
trained group of staff – the ride-out crew – to spend the night.
Ike slammed Houston with torrential rain and wind gusts of
100 miles an hour, but the Zoo and its animal collection emerged
from the storm relatively unscathed.
    One of the more amazing storm stories was that of our fla-
                                        mingos, who remained
                                        outside in their pool the
   Opening just five                    entire    time.      Huddled
 days after Hurricane                   together in the middle
   Ike, the Houston                     with their heads curled
  Zoo became a nice                     under their wings, they
 distraction for many                   did exactly what their
    local residents,                    wild     relatives    would
    including many                      have done if caught in
     Zoo members.                       the same situation. Zoo
                                        Director Rick Barongi
                           ventured out just before the most powerful winds struck, con-
                           ducting a last-minute check of the flock. “Sure enough, there
                           they were, these little pink balls bobbing up and down, looking
                           almost oblivious to the storm.”
                               And then there was Tucker, our new elephant calf, who
                           made national news by using his trunk to help his keepers clear
                           walkways of fallen tree limbs in Ike’s aftermath. Tucker’s as-
                           sistance was not only newsworthy, it was inspirational to our
                           staff. Many suffered hurricane damage to their own homes, but
                           nearly all showed up for work the following day for the three
                           days of clean-up required before our gates could re-open to the
                           public. Five thousand intrepid visitors turned up for the first
                           day, all of them still enduring the oppressively hot and humid
                           weather, and many with homes still lacking power.

Tucker lent a trunk to the clean up efforts following Hurricane Ike.

 The chimpanzee exhibit in The African Forest will give guests an unfor-
 gettable experience as they are immersed with these beautiful animals.

                            Exhibits at the Zoo are constructed to meet three very important
                            criteria. First, enclosures must accommodate the physical and
                            behavioral needs of the animals that reside in them. Second, they
                            should be designed with the safety and comfort of our guests
 rhinos and giraffes –      and Zoo personnel in mind. And third, exhibits should display
     while the new          animals in a setting that enhances their visibility and natural
  African Forest will       behavior. When all three of these criteria are met, Zoo personnel
   have its fair share      can congratulate themselves on a job well done.
    of awe-inspiring             With the ceremonial groundbreaking shovel in hand, the
   animals – it isn’t       Houston Zoo prepared to build an exciting new exhibit – a 13-

  just about magnifi-       acre African Forest. Phase One will encompass six acres, about
                            half the total, and offer a much-needed new home for our giraffes
    cent wildlife and       as well as allow us to welcome white rhinos, kudus, gazelles and
  beautiful habitats.       chimpanzees to our animal collection.
                                 Exhibiting these creatures in naturalistic enclosures will
                            impart the sense of being on an African safari or a National
                            Geographic expedition. Feeding a hungry giraffe, watching
                            a chimpanzee who’s equally intent on watching you, or being
                            amused by a rhino wallowing in its mud bath – these are some
                            of the experiences that lie ahead for Zoo visitors. The absence of
                            visible barriers plus the sub-tropical climate of the Texas Gulf
                            Coast will add to the sensation of being in Africa, rather than
                            just a short Metro ride from downtown Houston.
  Opening December 2010, The African Forest will be the largest
  expansion in Houston Zoo history.

    Among other amenities incorporated in the new African
Forest will be a jungle trading post, a restaurant overlooking
the giraffes and rhinos and an authentic pygmy village complete
with overnight camping facilities. One of the more exciting
advances in this new construction, however, will be its remote
technology. Strategically-placed cameras will showcase animals
after hours, as well as allow us to broadcast special programs and
keeper talks to patients at the Texas Medical Center. Ultimately,
we want everyone to enjoy the African Forest experience, even if
they’re unable to visit the Zoo.

  Efforts of the Zoo’s conservation team begin right here in Texas,
  supporting local projects.

houston toads
The Houston toad once inhabited the city that bears its name,
but disappeared decades ago in the wake of office buildings,
shopping malls and sports arenas. It vanished from neighboring
lands as well, to the point that its very survival was in ques-
tion and it became the first amphibian granted protection under
the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Urban expansion remains the
principal threat to the toad’s existence, but extended droughts
have also contributed to its decline. Today, small populations,
thought to be fewer than 300 total, in Bastrop County represent
the species’ final stronghold.
    The Houston Zoo is working hard to save our namesake
toad. In collaboration with Texas State University and the U.S.       BLAC K     BEARS      The   Houston    Zoo
                                        Fish and Wildlife Ser-        focuses on educational outreach and
                                        vice, our staff is hatching   public awareness to help restore the black
                                        and raising thousands of      bears to East Texas. Our staff has joined
                                        toads with 5,000 releases     with the East Texas Black Bear Task Force
                                                                      to help inform landowners, educators and
                                        to nature to date, as well
                                                                      all concerned citizens about the regional
                                        as continuing the search
                                                                      status of the black bear including how bears
                                        for undocumented wild
                                                                      in neighboring Louisiana, Arkansas and
                                                                      Oklahoma can help rebuild our indigenous
                         C O N S E R VAT I O N E F F O RT S : G LO B A L
                         CHEETAH CONSERVATION BOTSWANA
                         Tragically, the world’s fastest land animal is “racing toward
                         extinction.” Capable of bursts approaching 70 miles per hour,
                         the cheetah can outrun a variety of prey animals but not the
                         threats to its survival. Cheetah populations have plummeted by
                         90% or more in the last century, their losses a direct result of
                         conflicts with encroaching human populations.
                             The Houston Zoo is proud to support Cheetah Conservation
                         Botswana (CCB). Botswana represents one of the final
                         strongholds for this species. Funds provided by the Zoo have
                         helped CCB reach rural residents through workshops, theater
                         and video. Thanks in part to our support, educators can
                         demonstrate the use of predator-proof farming techniques to
                         keep local landowners from unnecessarily killing cheetahs in an
                         effort to protect their livestock. CCB also rehabilitates orphaned
                         cheetahs confiscated from the illegal trade and releases these
                         rescued animals to the wild. We use our two cheetahs to promote
                         knowledge and appreciation for these majestic animals and to
                         build awareness of the challenges they face in the wild.

The Houston Zoo is working with groups around the globe to help
endangered species, including Cheetah Conservation Botswana.

  While the Zoo saw many new additions this year, the bongos set the
  pace with three births.

Just as the past winter turned to spring, the Houston Zoo
experienced a boom of baby bongos. It started with Penelope,
born to the three-year-old female, Pili, in February. Then came
Linus and Dylan in March, each born to a different female, one
of them being Penelope’s grandmother. Clustered births such
as these can be advantageous to the herd, as mothers are often
able to share in the task of nursing the new crop of calves.
    Although the average visitor might claim that all bongo
infants look alike, our zookeepers can easily distinguish between
the different newcomers to the herd. The pattern of white
stripes on its chestnut flanks offers the first clue to a bongo’s
identity. Penelope has 11 stripes on each flank while Linus has
13. Dylan is the oddball having 11 stripes on one side and 13 on
the other. The males, Dylan and Linus, were also born with half-
inch horn buds that have already grown into two-inch spikes. By
comparison, the young female Penelope’s spikes are far daintier.
Somehow that seems fitting.

  Anteater and giraffe births led to extra work for the animal staff as both
  Olive and Miles had to be hand-raised.

Not every animal baby born at the Zoo can be            In order to lure Miles from the herd to
raised by its mother. Sometimes zookeepers          feed him, our keepers rang a bell to attract
and curators must take on this task to ensure       his attention. He quickly learned that the bell
the infant’s survival. And that’s exactly what      meant food and soon began salivating – just
was necessary for two recent Zoo babies born        like one of Pavlov’s dogs – before galloping
this past year.                                     over to receive his meal. He has now been fully
    Olive the giant anteater was born in August     weaned and is a completely integrated member
2008, weighing in at two-and-a-half pounds.         of the giraffe herd. Miles remains exceptionally
For the first three months of her life, Olive was   receptive to his keepers and visitors as a result
taken home each night for feedings either by        of having been hand-raised.
a member of our hoofstock staff or veterinary
department. A year later, Olive weighed in at
a whopping 95 pounds, which is about average
for an adult giant anteater. Olive loves baths
and exploring her keepers’ boots with her in-
credible two-foot tongue.
    Miles the Masai giraffe also had to be hand-
raised. Standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weigh-
ing 110 pounds when entering the world last
January, “little” Miles has added more than
three inches in height each month and nearly
a pound-and-a-half each day since his birth,
largely on a diet of diluted goat’s milk – four
gallons each day!

  Volunteers are the backbone of the Houston Zoo, with some serving
  the Zoo on a daily basis.

                                  “Busy hands are happy hands” according to Paul Pilkington,
                                  a Zoo volunteer who practices what he preaches. The baker at
                                  home becomes the Aquarium and Natural Encounters’ “chef”
                                  when he arrives twice each week to work his shift. Preparing
                                  food for all the aquatic inhabitants comes naturally for this avid
                                  pastry scientist and retired petroleum engineer, whose baking
                                  experiments end up in the tummies of Zoo employees.
                                      The other half of this dynamic volunteer duo is Paul’s wife,
                                  Pat, who also appears like clockwork once a week to assist in
                                  the aquarium and elephants. Together the Pilkingtons have
                                  garnered a number of awards at the Zoo. Paul earned his first
                                  Keeper Aide Above and Beyond Award in 2005 and was present-
                                  ed with the Zooper Keeper Aide Award in 2007. In 2008 both
                                  he and Pat were honored with Keeper Aide Above and Beyond
                                  Awards, and he repeated the achievement again earlier this
                                  year. On top of that, Paul has been nominated for the Katherine
                                  Evers Morris Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award at least
                                  three times.
                                      As if their service to the Zoo was not enough, Pat and Paul
                                  both volunteer for other Houston-based organizations and be-
                                  come a surrogate family for displaced Zoo employees around
                                  holiday time.

  Determined to be land bound, Astro the new sea lion found his way to
  Houston after stranding himself in California.

For whatever reason, the newest addition to our            Astro’s arrival at the Zoo went off without a
sea lion team “chose” a life with people over one     hitch. He chowed down immediately on the fish
in the California surf. Found stranded along the      that we offered and hasn’t quit eating since. His
coast by marine biologists not once, not twice, but   introduction to our resident California sea lions
three times, the youngster Astro was ultimately       – Kamia and Cali – has also gone famously so we
deemed imprinted on humans and unreleasable.          have high hopes for him in our training program.
He was taken in first by the Marine Mammal Cen-       For a while, Astro will be distinguishable from
ter in Marin County and then by the Long Marine       the rest of the group by the scar on his neck –
Laboratory in Santa Cruz before the decision was      a striking reminder of the threat posed to wild-
made to send him here to Houston.                     life by the plastics and other trash we discard in
                                                      the ocean.

   From the death of beloved elephant Mac, came a unique and exciting
   partnership with Baylor College of Medicine.

I N M E M O RY OF M AC It’s difficult          b ay lo r C o l l e g e o f M e d I C I n e Pa r t n e r s h I P
to capture the sense of loss still felt for    Somewhat serendipitously, Mac’s passing helped launch the
Mac, Houston’s favorite elephant for the       Zoo into a new partnership that may hold hope for combating
short time he shared with us. Mac entered      the virus that remains so deadly to elephants. Dr. Alan Herron,
the world a record-breaker, the largest        Director of the Comparative Pathology Laboratory at the Baylor
Asian elephant baby ever born in captivity.    College of Medicine, telephoned Dr. Joe Flanagan, our Director
Robust, engaging and intelligent beyond
                                               of Veterinary Services, to express his condolences. Their
anyone’s expectations, Mac’s antics
                                               conversation turned quickly to hopes for developing a vaccine for
softened the sadness that still lingered for
                                               what specialists refer to as Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes.
Bella, a baby elephant who also brought
                                               And so the partnership was formed.
great joy to Houstonians for a brief time.
                                                   “Not everyone has such a great resource literally right across
Bella was fraught with physical problems
                                               the street,” said Zoo Director Rick Barongi.
from birth. Mac, by comparison, appeared
                                                   Moving forward, a full-time post-doctorate research fellow
indestructible and destined for a long
life, but even the strongest, most vibrant     from Baylor has teamed up with our Zoo veterinary staff to collect
animal is no match for the deadly herpes       essential data. In fact, the information gathered to date may
infection that can strike without warning.     already have saved the life of an infected elephant calf at the St.
The Houston Zoo helps lead the research        Louis Zoo. The calf received medical treatment recommended
effort to combat this disease and ensure a     by specialists at Baylor and has apparently responded well.
future for elephants.

  Some of the smallest additions to the Zoo came in the primate
  department with sifaka and pygmy marmoset births.

By now, most Houston Zoo members are familiar with our
sifakas, the curious primates from Madagascar with the odd
name. Odder yet is the name given to our first sifaka baby –
Kelyfamata – which means “small but mighty” in the Malagasy
language. It is an especially appropriate name as he weighed
in at birth at just 85 grams. Since then our keepers have kept
a close watch on his progress, at one point weighing him on
a daily basis. The infant sifaka has done very well and can be
seen leaping from perch to perch in his enclosure with mom
and dad.
    As small as Kelyfamata was, the new inhabitants of Natural
Encounters have him beat on size. The pygmy marmosets live
up to their name, growing to only an average of 150 grams and
five or six inches in height at maturity, excluding tail length.
We now have seven adults and one baby (who was the size of a
human thumb at birth) living in the indoor rainforest exhibit.

   The Zoo reptile team continues to grow the collection through breeding
   and acquisition.

If asked to name their favorite animals, Zoo visitors   population of about 40 animals, all descended
will list lions, tigers, elephants, orangutans,         from a small group of five that we received two
monkeys, bears, giraffes and … oh yes …Toby the         years ago. Based on our success to date, the
red panda. Large mammals almost always top the          prospects for an expanded breeding program look
list and a few birds might score high, but reptiles     promising.
and amphibians are often overlooked. Yet snakes,            Speaking of expansion, four young Komodo
lizards, turtles, frogs, toads and salamanders are      dragons arrived from the San Antonio Zoo in
among the “must see” animals for any Zoo visit.         February 2008 and we acquired a mature female
     In addition, many of these lesser known crea-      from the Sedgwick County Zoo last summer,
tures are among the Houston Zoo’s highest con-          bringing our total population to six. Their mother
servation priorities. At least seven of our resident    was originally part of the Houston Zoo collection,
reptiles and amphibians are the subject of interna-     but was sent to San Antonio to mate with one of
tional Species Survival Plans® (SSPs) managed by        their mature male Komodos. After that, some of
the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).            her babies came back to the Houston Zoo to live
     The Aruba Island rattlesnake, for example,         with their “Uncle” Smaug.
ranks as one of the world’s rarest reptiles.
Biologists estimate that little more than 200
individuals remain on their tiny Caribbean island
home, and captive populations remain a safeguard
against extinction. We maintain three of the 72
that currently reside in North American zoos.
     The Barton Springs salamander is a Texas
native with a tiny range, threatened largely by
vanishing freshwater habitat. A special breeding
facility for this species has been established
in Austin and the Houston Zoo maintains a

 Two unique, and in one case very dangerous, bird species made their
 debut at the Houston Zoo.

                          The cassowary, native to Australia and New Zealand, is an
                          enigmatic bird. It has feathers, but is flightless just like its
                          closest relatives – the ostrich, emu and rhea. In addition, its
                          handsome appearance and stately gait belie the potential
                          danger it presents. A cassowary defends itself with powerful
                          legs, kicking its clawed feet forward with sufficient force to
                          disembowel an unwary predator. Fortunately, Darwin, our new
                          arrival from the Baton Rouge Zoo, has not shown any signs
                          of aggression.
                              Other new bird arrivals of note are the shoebill or whale-
                          headed storks that were imported from Tanzania. The pair is
                          estimated to be about three years old. Ornithologists can’t decide
                          whether this species is a true stork or perhaps more closely
                          related to pelicans. While that issue is debated, the Houston Zoo
                          holds claim to being one of only three zoos in the country to
                          exhibit shoebills.

  Captivating an audience is the objective of Meet the Keeper Talks
  in the Children’s Zoo.

People visit zoos to see the animals, but a zoo visit can be much
more than that. Personal interactions with knowledgeable
keepers and volunteers can make a trip to the Zoo a day to
remember. Here at the Houston Zoo we offer more than 10,000
Meet the Keeper Talks and special presentations over the course
of a year – that’s an average of nearly 30 performances a day!
Bat and pelican feedings and the petting zoo are favorites with
the public, as are Zooper Challenges and Story Safaris which are
held on the Butterfly Stage. And the Children’s Zoo is always
jam-packed with energetic youngsters who make the most of
our inviting exhibits and animal sculptures.
    The common denominator for these experiences is
interaction. The more we engage our visitors, the stronger the
bond we create between people and animals – the first step in
wildlife conservation.

  With the support of Target, the Houston Zoo now provides nearly
  30 Meet the Keeper Talks daily.

On any given day, our visitors have dozens of opportunities to
learn about the animals on exhibit directly from zookeepers.
The Houston Zoo offers as many as 35 Meet the Keeper Talks
daily, now generously sponsored by Target. And, because Target
places such a high value on helping underserved communities,
an additional gift from Target has also allowed us to offer schol-
arships to Title I schools, a program that gives underprivileged
children free access to education programs while they are at the
Zoo on school field trips. The Houston Zoo is one of only a few
zoos in the United States to receive such a generous sponsorship
from Target, and we are proud to recognize the company as one
of our largest corporate donors in fiscal year 2009.

  Due to increased demand the Zoo doubled the size of summer
  camps in 2009.

Last summer more than 2,000 children, ages 4-12,       to use some of the same tools that field biologists,
took part in our Camp Zoofari program – an excit-      zookeepers, veterinary technicians and others use
ing educational expedition that transported them       every day. Students in our Wildlife Detectives pro-
“around the world.” Through Adventures in the          gram learn how to identify animal scat, skulls and
Rainforest and Island Hoppers, the children spent      tracks and how to apply these skills when trying
an action-packed week learning about wonders of        to identify native wildlife in their own backyards.
the natural world, exotic wildlife conservation        And, of course, what would our summer camp
efforts and the animals that call the Houston Zoo      be without learning what it takes to run a zoo?
home. Camp Zoofari features interactive lessons,       Zoobots and Selected for Survival camps explore
hands-on activities, games, exhibit visits, keeper     the theory and mechanics behind the design and
talks and more. Most importantly, participating        construction of zoo exhibits that house healthy
children receive an in-depth look at many of the       populations of wild creatures.
Zoo’s animals, which serve as ambassadors for               Due to the continuing demand for high-quality
wildlife around the globe.                             educational summer activities, Camp Zoofari
    Programs such as Destination Conservation          almost doubled in size in 2009. In addition,
and Keeper Camp introduce children to science-re-      nearly 14% of our participants attended the
lated career fields. Participants in these camps get   program free of charge on scholarships supported
to work closely with animal care and education staff   by general Zoo funds and generous contributions
both in the field and behind the scenes, learning      from corporations and foundations.

  The future of zoos and conservation is being cultivated through the
  youth that participate as members of Zoo Crew.

Zoo Crew is a unique volunteer experience             conservation. In the course of their service, our
that offers teenagers insight into the zoo and        Zoo Crew volunteers gained skills in public speak-
aquarium profession, at the same time giving          ing, were given leadership responsibilities and,
them the opportunity to make new friends and          most of all, built their capacity for teamwork.
gain firsthand knowledge of wildlife conservation         In return for the valuable services that were
efforts. This past year we accepted more than         donated by these dynamic volunteers, the Hous-
200 exceptional young volunteers, each of them        ton Zoo awarded six $1,000 scholarships to the
committing at least 100 hours of service over the     most deserving graduating seniors. We congratu-
summer. The results: our Class of 2009 tallied        late our 2009 winners!
22,167 volunteer hours equivalent to the work of
10 full-time staff.
     The type of jobs undertaken by Zoo Crew par-
ticipants are varied, including animal care, educa-
tional programming, assisting with Camp Zoofari,
and conducting theatrical programs throughout
the Zoo. Last year’s teens assisted with work on
exhibits, animal behavior research and classroom
instruction, and contributed to the guest experi-
ence by giving special presentations on wildlife

   The successes of the Houston Zoo could not be possible without
   the passion and commitment of every employee.

Christopher Adams         Cassandra DeKanter    Brianna Howland          Audrey Mendeola          Edward Santos
Stephanie Adams           Belinda DeLeon        Cotney Hughes            James Menefee            Ronald Santos
Carlos Agudelo            Jessica Dietzel       Scott Humphreys          Kendrick Mickens         Maria Santoyo
Ernest Alford             Bennett Dones         Priscilla Idunate        Ami Miller               Beth Schaefer
Rosie Alford              Oren Dorris           Charlona Ingram          Joshua Minor             Emily Schmidtke
Luis Alvarado             Taylor Doty           Dianne Jackson           Kerrie Minor             Matthew Schmit
Krystal Amie              Cynthia Drabek        Helen James              Janie Miranda            Schultz Rebecca
Andrea Anders             Stephanie Durkee      Juliann Jaramillo        Samantha Montgomery      Sears Allen
Kathleen Anderson         Rick Ellis            Michael Johnson          Ginger Moon              Gayla Shaffer
Lucy Dee Anderson         Nicholas Espinosa     Michelle Johnson         Joseph Moore, Jr.        Ricci Shannon
Andrea Ross               William Farr          ShaTara Johnson          Beth Moorhead            Diane Shea
Alfredo Arriaga           Dolores Fernandez     Tamara Joho              Modesto Morales          Susan Shepard
Lisa Avendano             Ruben Fernandez       Pamela Jones             Debra A. Morgan          Callian Sheppard
Hannah Bailey             Beunka Fisher         Shaterrah Jones          LeeEster Morgan          Kimberly Shotola
Rodrick Barongi           Joseph Flanagan       Sharon Joseph            Wendy Morrison           Kimberly Siegl
Juan Barrera              Jamie Flint           Samantha Jo Junker       Eleanor Morse            Grederick Simpson
Renato Barrera            Maria Flores          Timothy D. Junker        Billy Murphy             Victoria Sokol
Kelli Barron              Christine Fontenot    Ellen Jurek              Stephanie Nageotte       Enrique Solis
Christopher Bednarski     Jamie Ford            Joseph Kalla             Megan Neal               Nicolette Spears
Jason Bergman             Maya Ford-Belgrave    Amanda Kamradt           Thien Nguyen             Edith Spillman
Robert Bernardy           Eddie Forester        Sonny Kazen              Yolonda North            Karen Sprague
Vanessa Bethke            Leslie Forestier      Catherine Keith          Ernest Nunn, IV          Martina Stevens
Bonnie Bibeau             Jasmine Fortenberry   Alicia Kemery            Amelia Nusbaum           Jennifer Stevenson
Amy Blackmon              Melvin Francis        Monique Kennedy          Gerald Oliver            Kashia Stragey
Hugh Blake                Jeffrey Frenzel       Michelle Kerner          Sylvia Olivo             Dena Strange
Shannon Bloemke           Kimberly Fudge        Lynn Killam              Joy Oria                 Michael Street
Melissa Boehm             Grant Fuhrman         Benjamin King            Paul Ortega              David Suttinger
Tonya Boyd                Pamela Gadus          Larry King               Corri Osborne            Donrel Taylor, Jr.
David M. Brady            Alvaro Galvan         Christa Kirsch-Paulson   Michele Ozuna            Terry Richard, Jr.
George Brandy III         Maribel G. Gamino     Kimberly Klein           Rachel Pantermuehl       Paul Thomas, Jr.
Carter Branstetter, Jr.   Alan Garcia           Sara Komenda             Matthew Parise           Jermaine Thomas
Laura Brewer              Juan Garcia           Maureen Koneval          Louise Partello          Lestene Tipps
Gilbert Briones           Teia Garner           William Konstant         Brandon Patterson        Maryanne Tocidlowski
Dischunara Brown          Elizabeth Garza       Mark Kotal               Cortney Patterson        Tara Tucker
Russell Browning          Ricardo Garza         Mary Catherine Kuntz     Marjorie Pepin           Sarah Jane Turner
Judith Bryja              Yulieth Garza         Deborah Lackey           Glenda Perez             Kirsten Ufer
Tammy Buhrmester          Kathleen Gaughan      Anna K. Land             Rosa Perez               Viviana Valdez
Laura Burnett             Lilly Giddins         Ashley Larson            Jenee Pierre             Alissa Van Der Kamp
Kathy Burniston           Christopher Gillis    Ashley Latham            Phyllis Pietrucha-Mays   Jessica Van Wert
Daniel Calarco            Andrew Godambe        Amy Lavergne             Jack Pine                Abigail Varela
Melanie Campbell          Rachel Godambe        Kara Lavictoire          Jody Pizano              Reyie Brian Delgado
Deborah M. Cannon         Alexis Goldstone      Cory LeBoff              Andrea Pohlman             Vazquez
Christina Carpenter       Martha Gomez          Keith Lechner            Dwon B. Polk             Debra Verastegui
Kirby Casey               Carlos Gonzalez       David Lee                Brett Posey              Christopher Villarreal
David Castillo            Yxzel Gonzalez        Hamid Lee                Melanie Powell           Brooke Vincent
Kevin Castorena           Tawana Greene         Natasha Lee              Angie Pyle               Adriane Vives
Elena Castrejon           Joel Guerrero, Sr.    Cynthia Leeson           David Quiroz, Jr.        Christopher Wallace
Jesus Cavazos             Hernando Gutierrez    Howard Leribeus          Michelle Rabon           Michael Wallrath
Jeremy Cecil              Anthony Haley         Steven Lewis             Jessica Rainwater        Geralyn Warfield
Mary Chauvin              Catherine Haralson    Kathryn Lippman          Sean Ramsdell            Pamela Warfield
Jessica Woodson Clark     Charte Harris         Sheri Lytle              Michael Reina            Christine Warren
Taylor Clarke             Alyssa Hauck          Maribel Macias           Sharon Reyes             Krista Webber
Hollie Colahan            Tommy Hawkins         Maud Marin               Peter Riger              Tricia Webster
Cheryl Compton            Sundra Hayes          Donna Martin             Sara Riger               Amy Wentzel
Michael Concannon         Alexander Heard III   Hipolito Martinez        Alex Rigsby              Kristin Wettermann
Liana Congram             Ryanne Henigar        Michael Martinez         Kamryn Rinkenberger      Jeremy Whitted
Carlos Contreras          Paula Herrera         Kara Masharani           Amanda Rinker            Leigh Whitted
Mollie Coym               Michelle Hickman      Gresford Massop          Jessica Ritter           Rhett Wilkins
Timothy Crawford          Diane Higdon          April Matthews           Marie Rodriguez          Joseph Williams
William Cronenwett        Brian Hill            Mays Stanley             Rachel Rommel            Stephanie Wilson
Seth Cross                Elaine Hime           Cherie McChesney         Elliott Rosenthal        James Winecki
Paul Crump                Kevin Hodge           Taneka McClain           Napoleon Rossi II        Marc Winn
Jennifer Cunningham       Heather Hoffer        Tiffany McGallian        Denisse Ruiz             Jennifer Winograd
Amanda Daly               Daryl Hoffman         Mary McGettrick          Kelly Russo              Michelle Witek
Claudia Davis             Christopher Holmes    Laurie McGivern          Rene Ryan                Kimberly Woodford
Nicte De Anda             Lauren Howard         Lauren McLaughlin        Christopher Sandoval     Joshua A. Young
Geraldine DeHart          Stephen Howard        Michelle McNerney        John Santillan           Carolyn Zewe
                                                                                                  Paul Zuma, Jr.

  Our earnings are put back into ongoing improvements to ensure
  an exceptional Zoo.

The following financial information for the         management. We have been recognized for the last
operating results of the Zoo has been summarized    three years in a row by Charity Navigator with
from our audited financial statements for Fiscal    their highest rating based upon their assessment
Year 2009 which are available upon request. These   of the financial health of the organization. Only
results do not include the funds raised for the     11% of charities receive this rating three years in
capital campaign as those are restricted funds.     a row. The Zoo’s highest priorities are to provide
    The Zoo is an independent 501 (c)(3) non-       an exemplary level of animal care, excellent guest
profit organization with a Board of Directors       experience and outstanding conservation and
comprised of community and business leaders         education programs. The following presents our
who hold the Zoo to a very high standard of         operating statement for fiscal year 2009.

REVENUE                              AMOUNT
City of Houston Management Fee      $ 8,151,396
Admission Fees                       7,833,535                 9%                             31%
                                                               Concessions                    City of Houston
Memberships                          2,766,835                                                Management Fee
Contributions                        1,968,129            8%
Concessions                          2,243,145

Other                                2,627,510             11%
Total Revenue                     $ 25,590,550
                                                                                  Admission Fees

EXPENDITURES                         AMOUNT
Animal and Exhibit Operations     $ 12,391,622                            Other
Admissions, Marketing                                        8%
 and Membership                      3,948,413
Education and Conservation                               Fundraising                       51%
 Programs                            2,421,473          10%                                Animal and Exhibit
                                                        Education and                      Operations
Fundraising                          1,127,676          Conservation
Depreciation                         1,851,700
Other                                2,338,269                     Admissions,
                                                                   Marketing and
Total Expenditures                $ 24,079,153                     Membership
Change in Net Assets              $ 1,511,397
   We are grateful to our generous donors for their support.
   All donors listed made contributions totaling $1,000 or more between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

ANNUAL SUPPORT                              Memorial Hermann                            Shannon and Gary Margolis
                                            Momentum Audi and Volkswagen                Dr. Hugh A. McAllister, Jr.
$100,000 TO $999,999                        Mrs. Marion E. Mundy                        Mr. Alfred C. Mitchell
Anonymous Donor*                            Mr. and Mrs. John L. Nau III                Mr. and Mrs. David A. Mundy
The Robert and Janice                       Toni and Noel Noble                           and The Mundy Family Foundation
  McNair Foundation                         Oceaneering International, Inc.             The Newfield Foundation
Target                                      Mr. Charles A. Perlitz                      Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan E. Parker, Jr.
Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc.                Mrs. Janet M. Pfeiffer and                  Pi Studios*
                                              Pfeiffer Family Foundation                Mrs. Sybil F. Roos
$50,000 TO $99,999                          The Powell Foundation                       Safeway Inc.
Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors*        RRI Energy, Inc.                            Vic and Barbara Samuels and
ConocoPhillips                              Allison Sarofim and the Louisa Stude          The Samuels Foundation
Continental Airlines – Official Airline       Sarofim Charitable Trust                  SeaWorld & Busch Gardens
  of the Houston Zoo*                       Shell Oil Company                             Conservation Fund
Linnet F. Deily                             Sodexo**                                    Aimee and Wynne Snoots*
ExxonMobil                                  Aliyya and Herman L. Stude                  Terry Pro**
Houston Endowment Inc.                      The Tapeats Fund                            Travelers
Macquarie Group Foundation*                 Texas Monthly**                             Randa and Charlie Williams*
Kathrine G. McGovern/                       Union Pacific Foundation
  John P McGovern Foundation*
         .                                  Vale-Asche Foundation                       $2,500 TO $4,999
Waste Management*                           The Wachovia Foundation                     Andrews Kurth LLP*
                                            Walmart Stores, Inc.                        Peggy and Bill Barnett
$10,000 TO $49,999                          The West Endowment                          Andrew and Freda Bass
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Alexander                                                         Mr. and Mrs. Beau Bisso
                                            $5,000 TO $9,999                            Britten Fund
  and the Stanford and
  Joan Alexander Foundation                 2020 Exhibits                               Dr. Suzanne Bruce and
Bank of America                             Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Anderson                   Mr. John Malcolm Waddell
Charles T. Bauer Foundation                 Roni and Doug Atnipp/                       C & D Scrap Metal Recyclers Inc.
BMC Software                                  Greenberg Traurig, LLP*                   Deborah and Gardner Cannon
Bridgeway Foundation                        Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bahr                    Chevron Humankind Employee Funds
The Brown Foundation, Inc.                  Baker Hughes Foundation                     Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Colburn
CenterPoint Energy                          Adelaide Elizabeth Biggs*                   Comfort Systems USA, Inc.
CFP Foundation                              Bill Young Productions, Inc.                Jonathan and Barbara Day
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen I. Chazen              Bloomberg                                   Defenders of Wildlife
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital        Boardwalk Pipeline Partners                 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dishberger
Cooper Industries plc                       Mary and Frank Bradley/                     The Anne & C.W. Duncan, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. S. Michael Dean                  Greenberg Traurig, LLP*                     Foundation
Devon Energy Corporation*                   Cathy Campbell-Brock                        Charles and Anne Duncan
Ms. Cynthia Everage                         Busch Entertainment Corp.                   The Jenny and Jim Elkins Family Fund
FedEx                                       Lynne T. Campbell Bonham                    Leslie and Shannon Sasser*
Fiesta Mart, Inc.**                         CGGVeritas                                  Karl Eubanks Family and
Ms. Kerry A. Galvin                         Mrs. Linwood D. Newman and                    the Stewart Family*
Green Mountain Energy Company                 the Denman/Newman Foundation              Mr. and Mrs. Douglas L. Foshee
George and Mary Josephine                   Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Dokell                  The Geib Family*
  Hamman Foundation                         Egbert Family Foundation*                   Mr. Alfred C. Glassell III
Ms. Pamela D. Holder                        El Paso Corporation                         Glazier Foods**
Houston Business Journal                    Mr. and Mrs. Doug Erwin                     Global Impact
Bowne of Houston/                           Ray C. Fish Foundation*                     Barbara Segal Goldfield*
  Karen and Robert Michlewicz*              Ms. Marion Friedman                         Tony and Mary Gracely
Houston Press**                             Mr. and Mrs. Grant L. Gawronski             Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and
Invesco Aim                                 Merrill and Joe Hafner                        Mr. Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.
JPMorgan Chase                              Hildebrand Fund*                            Mr. and Mrs. Scott G. Groben
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Lieder             IBM International Foundation**              Grocers Supply/The Levit Family
The Lowenstein Family*                      Jamba Juice                                 Dr. and Mrs. Stuart S. Grossman
Kelley and Stephen Lubanko*                 Ann and Stephen Kaufman                     Eileen Cheng and Brendan Hassett
Mach Family Fund*                           KBR, Inc.                                   The Jacob and Terese
Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation        Kroger Food Stores                            Hershey Foundation
M.D. Matthews Foundation                    Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Loyd                   Houston Texans
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Medford*                  Magnolia Charitable Trust                   The Hughey Family*

                               * Includes a contribution to Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc. ** Represents a gift-in-kind contribution
InterContinental Houston**                Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Bowman              Isaac I. Foundation, Inc.*
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP/         Mr. Chris Broussard                         Dr. William W. Ishee, Jr.
  The Kayser Foundation                   Sara Lou Brown                              Ms. Jenna Jackson and Mr. Chip Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Leitner               Dr. Stephanie C. Brown and                  Mr. and Mrs. Eric A. Jansen
Freeman Leitner                             Mr. William Brown*                        Charles Jones and Cheryl Ballard-Jones*
The Lubrizol Foundation                   Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Bujnoch               Sharon Joseph
Mr. Neal S. Manne and                     Mr. C. Robert Bunch                         Mr. Bing Kao
  Ms. Nancy D. McGregor                   Mr. and Mrs. John D. Burns                  Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Kendall, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Mike A. McGinnis             Sarah G. Burtram, Ph.D.                     Lora Jean (Jeanie) Kilroy
Tevia and Chris McLaren*                  Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Caldwell            Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Knudson
Mr. Timothy D. Mercer                     Cammarata Pediatric Dentistry*              Ms. Julie A. Koch and
Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt T. Methvin III        Win and Lynn Campbell                          Mr. Richard R. Humphreys
Ms. Susan K. Mitchem                      Ms. Diane Cervenka*                         Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lane
Betty and Stephen Newton                  Ms. Claire Chamberlain                      Mr. and Mrs. Truett Latimer
Robert and Suzanne Nimocks                Mr. and Mrs. John D. Chaney                 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Levine
Mrs. Barbara Nussa                        Dr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Chasen               Patricia N. Lewis and
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley W. O’Halla           Debbie and Kent Chenevert*                     Richard A. Lewis, M.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Onstead           Jan and Mel Cody*                           Mr. Keith Lilley
The Oshman Foundation                     Mr. Daniel Mittleman                        Sara H. and John H. Lindsey
Patterson & Sheridan, LLP*                  and Ms. Vicki Colvin                         Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Willem Plegt**               Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Compofelice         Mr. and Mrs. James R. Lykes
Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Rizza                           .
                                          Ms. Toni P Cooper                              and Jean Lykes Grace Foundation
Ms. Wilhelmina Robertson                  Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crownover             Dr. and Mrs. Charles Manner*
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Roth                   Ms. Sallie Cruger                           Mr. and Mrs. George Martinez
Terry and Mona Rouk                       Ms. Sharon Curran-Wescott                   Mickey and Mike Marvins
Service Systems Associates                  and Mr. Earle F. Wescott                  Ms. Deborah L. McCoy
Mr. Herbert D. Simons                     Custom Auto II**                            Mr. and Mrs. R. M. McDannald, Jr.
Liz and Andy Stepanian                    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Daly                 Ms. Mary Lou McElligott
Sterling Bank                             Mr. Joshua Davidson                         Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Downing Mears
Mr. and Mrs. Shawn A. Taylor              Ms. Sue A. Davis                            Mrs. Marjorie J. Milby
Theme Designs**                           Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Delahoussaye           Mr. and Mrs. Steven L. Miller and
The Holt Family*                          Mr. John G. Dickerson and                      Steven and Sheila Miller Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Kane C. Weiner*                Ms. Karolina Adam                         Mr. Arthur J. Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Whiteman              Mr. and Mrs. W. Leslie Doggett              Mr. and Mrs. R. Robert Mullins, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williamette             El Paso Corporation                         Nets Unlimited Inc.**
Work as Play**                            Endangered Species Chocolate**              Mr. and Mrs. Tim J. Nielsen*
YMCA of Greater Houston                                      .
                                          Estate of William P Aycock**                Dr. and Mrs. Edward Novotny, Jr.
Austin and Susan Young                    Falcon Gas Storage Co., Inc.*               Becky and Ralph O’Connor*
                                          Ms. Leslie D. Forestier                     Mr. and Mrs. Jerry J. Oliver
$1,000 TO $2,499                          Michelle and Jeff Foutch*                   Jim and Anita O’Shaughnessy*
Ms. Linda Al-Alawi*                       Trish Freeman and Bruce Patterson*          Mr. and Mrs. O. Keith Owen III
American Alloy Steel                      Friends of The Zoo                          Biba and Jon Parker Foundation
Mr. Calvin Embry and                      Ms. Jane G. Frost                           The Honorable Annise D. Parker
  Ms. France Archambault                  Ms. Kathleen A. Gallagher                   Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan E. Parker, Sr.
Laura and John Arnold                       and Mr. Michael G. Rudelson               Michael and Mary Alice Parmet
Lynne S. and John Averett                 Ms. Melissa Giles and Mr. Erik Hawes        W. Daniel Parsons
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bajorek*              Mr. and Mrs. Mark K. Glasser                Ms. Dee Ann Pederson
Dr. Carol J. Baker                        Marty and Kathy Goossen                     Mr. and Mrs. Robert Penshorn
The Honorable and                         Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gorman                    Pepsi Bottling Group**
  Mrs. James A. Baker III*                  and Gormans Uniform Rental Inc.                        .
                                                                                      Dr. Lavinia P Middleton
Carol and Larry Barbour*                  Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Grace, Jr.                  and Dr. George Perkins
Rick Barongi and Diane Ledder             Mr. and Mrs. Will Graham                    Tess K. Peterson
Ms. Anna C. Beck*                         Mr. and Mrs. Sean Golden                    Richard and Ethna Piazza
Best Entertainers                         Ms. Helen Hager and                         Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pilkington
Suzette and Darrell Betts*                  Dr. Byron J. Bohnn                        Mr. and Mrs. James J. Postl
Big Thicket Association                   Mr. Paul Harmon                             William and Dr. Stephanie
Ms. Susan Bischoff and                    Haynes and Boone, LLP                          Coulter Brown*
  Mr. Jim B. Barlow                       Black and Hilyard Families*                 Mr. and Mrs. David A. Pursell
Mr. and Mrs. Eddy S. Blanton              Ms. Karen D. Hinson                         Nancy and David Pustka*
Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Blanton, Sr.         Ms. Paula W. Hinton                         Robert and Melissa Rabalais*
Matthew, Marilyn and Aaron Bloch          Mr. and Mrs. Michael Holland                Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Ramsey
Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. Bloome            HSBC – North America                        Margaret and Todd Reppert*
Mr. Ryan M. Boehner                       Huffington Foundation                       Mr. and Mrs. James O. Roeder
Linda and Andrew Bosarge*                 Mary Kay and Thomas Hunt*                   Ms. Gwen Sargent
Ms. Anneliese Bosseler                    Ms. Jill Hutchison and                      Mr. and Mrs. Eric Schaeffer*
Mr. Harry L. Bowles                         Dr. Chris Buehler                         Mrs. Donna Schaffner

                             * Includes a contribution to Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc. ** Represents a gift-in-kind contribution
  G E N E R O U S D O N O R S (continued)

$ 1 , 0 0 0 T O $ 2 , 4 9 9 (cont.)                $1,000,000 TO $4,999,999                    $50,000 TO $99,999
Securitas Security Systems USA, Inc.               Two Anonymous Donors                        Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Cathryn and Doug Selman                            Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation        Andrew and Freda Bass
Ms. Jackie Sharbrough*                             The Cullen Foundation                       Deborah and Gardner Cannon
Barbara and Louis Sklar                            The Fondren Foundation                      Merrill and Joe Hafner
Mr. and Dr. Paul E. Smith                          Kathrine G. McGovern/                       Jeffrey C. Hines/Hines Interests L.P.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Smith                               .
                                                     John P McGovern Foundation                The Lowenstein Family
Dr. Patricia Solar and Mr. J. Michael              The Robert and Janice McNair                                      .
                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. George P Mitchell
  Solar and Solar & Padilla, LLP                     Foundation                                Cathryn and Doug Selman
                                                   The Robert R. and Kay M.                    Mr. Herbert D. Simons
Dr. Jeanne H. Spedale and
                                                     Onstead Foundation                        Barbara and Louis Sklar
  Mr. Gerald Spedale
                                                                                               United States Department of Education
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Stagg                            $100,000 TO $999,999                        Bonnie and David Weekley Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Stern                            Anonymous Donor
Ms. Martine C. Stolk                               AIM Foundation                              $1,000 TO $49,999
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Swedlund*              Lynne S. and John Averett                   Two Anonymous Donors
TAM International, Inc.                            Rick Barongi and Diane Ledder               Peggy and Bill Barnett
Team Networkz**                                    Charles T. Bauer Foundation                 Britten Fund
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Tennant*                     BMC Software                                Cathy Campbell-Brock
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Tidwell                      The Carruth Foundation                      Sara Lou Brown
Top Trumps**                                       CFP Foundation                              Win and Lynn Campbell
Ms. Kathy Welch and Mr. John T. Unger              The James and Molly Crownover               E. Philip Cannon
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Unger                        Family Foundation                         The Chaney Foundation
VCI Group**                                        Sylvie and Gary Crum                        Anthony R. Chase and Dina Alsowayel
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vetters                       Estate of Billie Lee Danz                   John, Sally and Kate Cox
Ms. Helen R. Viereck                               Jonathan and Barbara Day                    Mr. and Mrs. Adam Day
Mr. and Mrs. John Vogel                            Linnet F. Deily                             Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Dokell
Whole Foods Market**                               Devon Energy Corporation                    Johanna A. Favrot Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen M. Williams                   The Duncan Family                           Fort Bend Mechanical
Mr. David Wolf                                     The Lillian H. & C.W. Duncan                Barbara Segal Goldfield
Katherine and Mark Yzaguirre                         Foundation                                Meg Goodman and Mike Bonini
                                                   Charles and Anne Duncan                     Kathy and Marty Goossen
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Zinn and
                                                   Elkins Foundation                           The Hamill Foundation
  Zinn Petroleum Company
                                                   The William Stamps Farish Fund              Bob and Vicki Harvey
                                                   The Favrot Fund                             The Holthouse Foundation for Kids
                                                   H-E-B                                       The Lee and Joseph D. Jamail
The Jane Block Children’s                          Albert and Ethel Herzstein                     Foundation
  Zoo Maintenance Endowment                          Charitable Foundation                     Michael and Susan Jhin
Ryan Cartwright Endowment                          The Hildebrand Fund                         Ann and Stephen Kaufman
                                                   Donald and Diane Kendall, Jr. Family        Michael and Carol Linn
M ATC H I N g g I F T C O M PA N I E S               Foundation/Mr. and Mrs. Donald R.         Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller
Chevron                                              Kendall, Jr.                              M. Anne Murphy
Cooper Industries plc                              William S. and Lora Jean Kilroy             Betty and Stephen Newton
ExxonMobil                                           Foundation                                Robert and Suzanne Nimocks
Regions Financial Corporation                      Kinder Foundation                           Toni and Noel Noble
                                                   Judy O. and Kenneth C. Margolis             Edward and Helen Oppenheimer
TRIBUTES                                           M.D. Anderson Foundation                       Foundation
                                                   M.D. Matthews Foundation                    Tess K. Peterson
In Memory of                                       The Meadows Foundation                      Courtney and Christopher Sarofim
  Caitlyn Bibeau                                   The Nau Family and Silver                   Dorene and Kevin Schroder
  Vernon Henry                                       Eagle Distributors                        J. Michael and Patricia Solar
In Honor of                                        Vic and Barbara Samuels                        Family Fund
  Amy Alexander                                    Scurlock Foundation                         S. Shawn Stephens and
                                                   Service Systems Associates, Inc.               James M. Jordan
M A S T E R P L A N – C A P I TA L
                                                   Shell Oil Company                           Ambassador Chase and Diana
                                                   Vivian L. Smith Foundation                     Untermeyer
$5,000,000 +
                                                   Sodexo                                      Kay and Max Watson
The Brown Foundation, Inc.                         Sterling-Turner Foundation                  M. Carolina Weitzman
Houston Endowment Inc.                             Strake Foundation                           George, Shanti, Shangrila and
The Wortham Foundation, Inc.                       The Tapeats Fund                               Shivanti Willy
                                                   Texas Parks & Wildlife                      E.W. Bill Wright III
                                                   U.S. Department of Housing and              Austin and Susan Young
                                                     Urban Development                         Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc.

                                      * Includes a contribution to Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc. ** Represents a gift-in-kind contribution
Photo desCrIPtIons                                    Page 15 (1) Cheetah                              hZI annual rePort
                                                              (2) Rebecca Klein, Managing Director     CoMMIttee
All photos listed left to right and top to bottom.                of CCB, and cheetah
                                                              (3) CCB releasing a cheetah              Deborah Cannon,
Page 1 (1) Diamondback terrapin                       Page 16	(1)		 aby	bongo,	Penelope,	with	
                                                                                                           President and CEO
       (2) Baby Coquerel’s sifaka,                                Grandmother, Laura                   Rick Barongi,
           Kelyfamata                                         (2) Baby bongo, Dylan                        Zoo Director
       (3) Cheetah
       (4) Baby bongo                                                                                  David Brady,
                                                      Page 17 (1) Baby Masai giraffe, Miles and
       (5) American black bear                                    sister, Neema
                                                                                                           Vice President, Marketing
       (6) Masai giraffe, Miles                               (2) Baby Masai giraffe, Miles            Melanie Campbell-Tello,
                                                              (3) Baby giant anteater, Olive               Creative Director
Page 2 (1) Bob Graham, Deborah Cannon,
           Rick Barongi                                                                                Stephanie Adams,
                                                      Page 18	(1)	Paul	Pilkington,	Zoo	volunteer
                                                      	       (2)	Pat	Pilkington,	Zoo	volunteer            Staff Photographer
Page 4 (1,2,3) Red panda, Toby                                                                         Michael Reina,
                                                      Page 19 (1) California sea lion pup, Astro           Communications Manager
Page 5 (1) Asian elephants, Tess and Tucker
                                                                                                       Amber Ambrose, Writer
                                                      Page 20 (1) Asian elephant, Mac and trainer,
Page 6 (1) Maned wolf Interpretive Sign                           Martina Stevens                      Bill Konstant, Writer
       (2) Zebra Interactive Sign                             (2) Asian elephant, Mac playing with     Sheri Lytle, Writer
	      (3)	Malayan	tiger	Identification	Sign                      ball

Page 7	 (1)		 hilean	flamingo	Interactive	Sign
            C                                                                                          hZI PhotograPhy
                                                      Page 21 (1) Baby Coquerel’s sifaka,
                                                                   Kelyfamata on the back of his       ContrIbutors
Page 8 (1) Koi                                                     mother, Zenobia
	      (2)	Newly	renovated	Reflection	Pool                    (2) Baby pygmy marmoset, Rufus,          Stephanie Adams
                                                                   on the back of his big brother,     Elephant Staff
Page 9	 (1)		 ewly	renovated	Reflection	Pool	         	       					Pepe                                William Farr
        (2) New wire mesh at carnivore                                                                 Tim Junker
                                                      Page 22 (1) Baby Komodo dragon
            exhibit                                           (2) Barton Springs salamander            Dale Martin
                                                              (3) Aruba Island rattlesnake             Beth Moorhead
Page 10 (1) Horticulture Manager, Joe
                Williams, cuts up fallen branches
                                                                                                       Peter Riger
                                                      Page 23 (1,3) Double-wattled cassowary,
                after Hurricane Ike                                                                    Rachel Rommel
											 (2)		 urricane	Ike	left	the	Reflection	
                H                                             (2) Shoebill stork                       Ingrid Velasco
                Pool	flooded	up	to	it’s	benches
            (3) Zoo staff help pick up debris left    Page 24 (1,2) Children enjoying some             addItIonal PhotograPhy
                from Hurricane Ike                                touch animal experiences in the
                                                                  Children’s Zoo
Page 11 (1,2) Debris left from Hurricane Ike
        (3) Tucker, the elephant calf, helps                                                           Willie Blackstock
                                                      Page 25 (1,2) Children participate in a Zooper
            with cleanup after Hurricane Ike                      Challenge sponsored by Target        Cheetah Conservation
Page 12 (1) Artist rendering of the new
            African Forest Chimp exhibit
                                                      Page 26 (1,2,3) Children attending Camp          Danté Fenolio
                                                                  Zoofari enjoy visiting the animal
                                                                  exhibits and other activities such
Page 13 (1) Artist rendering of the new                           as tug-o-war                         desIgn
            African Forest Chimp exhibit
		      (2)		 ite	Plans	for	the	new	African	
            S                                         Page 27 (1) A Zoo Crew volunteer helps out       Wyn Bomar Design
            Forest exhibits                                       the horticulture department
                                                              (2,3) Zoo Crew volunteers give           To numerous other HZI staff
Page 14 (1,3) Houston toad                                        presentations on grounds to Zoo
        (2,4) American black bear                                                                      members who participated in
                                                                  guests using animal biofacts
                                                                                                       various aspects of this report,
                                                                                                       we greatly appreciate all of
                                                                                                       your efforts.
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                         48	Species	Survival	Plans,	123	Population	Management	Plans	and	
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