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
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
Linnet Deily Suzanne Nimocks
McKinsey & Company Austin Young
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,
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.
LETTER FROM DEBORAH CANNON, RICK BARONGI AND BOB GRAHAM
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)
TO BY T H E R E D PA N DA
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.
TESS AND TUCKER
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.
FA C I L I T I E S E N H A N C E M E N T
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
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.
C O N S E R VAT I O N E F F O RT S : LO C A L
Efforts of the Zoo’s conservation team begin right here in Texas,
supporting local projects.
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.
BONGO BABY BOOM
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.
O L I V E T H E A N T E AT E R A N D M I L E S T H E G I R A F F E
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!
PA U L A N D PAT: Z O O V O L U N T E E R S
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
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
ASTRO THE SEA LION
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
M AC A N D T H E PA RT N E R S H I P H E I N S P I R E D
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.
P R I M AT E B A B I E S
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
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.
H E R E P E TO LO GY
The Zoo reptile team continues to grow the collection through breeding
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
DARWIN THE CASSOWARY AND SHOEBILLS
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
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
CHILDREN’S ZOO: MEET THE KEEPER
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
TA R G E T S P O N S O R S H I P
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.
E D U C AT I O N : C A M P Z O O FA R I
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.
E D U C AT I O N: Z O O C R E W
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
H O U S TO N Z O O I N C . S TA F F
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.
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%
Other 2,627,510 11%
Total Revenue $ 25,590,550
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
Other 2,338,269 Admissions,
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
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
(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
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
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
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