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About the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.


Our Mission

The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.

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In everything we do, we strive to:

  • Be a zoo for all
  • Practice exemplary animal care
  • Deliver an outstanding guest experience
  • Create a workplace that instills empowerment, respect, and teamwork
  • Provide superior education and learning opportunities
  • Promote conservation awareness and action
  • Apply best business practices and sound financial management
  • Inspire broad community support

Information for Donors

Privacy Policy

IRS Form 990

2014 Financial Statements

2014 Annual Report

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Board of Directors

  • Suzanne Nimocks (Chair)
  • Roxanne Almaraz
  • Philip Bahr
  • E. William Barnett (Director Emeritus)
  • Monica Benton
  • Rafael Bustillo
  • Joe Cleary
  • Roberto Contreras
  • Michael Cordúa
  • Linnet Deily (Vice Chair)
  • Joseph Dilg
  • Anne Duncan (Director Emeritus)
  • Jenny Elkins
  • Kathleen “Kat” Gallagher
  • Dr. Cullen Geiselman
  • John Graf
  • Robert Graham (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Winell Herron
  • Gillian Hobson
  • Jill Jewett (Secretary)
  • Peggy Kostial
  • Neal Manne
  • Stacy Methvin (Chair Elect)
  • Walt Mischer, Jr.
  • Bobbie Nau
  • Stephen D. Newton (Vice Chair)
  • Bruce Niemeyer
  • Sara Ortwein
  • Jim Postl
  • Alexandra Pruner
  • Brent Smolik
  • Stephen Trauber
  • Molly Voorhees
  • Randa Duncan Williams
  • Austin Young

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Contacting the Houston Zoo

Main Phone: 713-533-6500

Contact Us Via Email

  • Lee Ehmke, President and CEO
  • David Brady, Executive Vice President
  • Leslie Forestier, Chief Financial Officer
  • Chris Lyons, Chief Operating Officer
  • Sharon Joseph, VP Animal Operations
  • Peter Riger, VP Conservation
  • Chance Sanford, VP Education
  • Nick Espinosa, Senior Director of Development
  • Kevin Pope, Director of Safety and Security