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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.


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
2013 Audited Financial Statements
2013 Annual Report

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Board of Directors

Suzanne Nimocks (Chair)
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)
Zeina Fares
Kathleen “Kat” Gallagher
Dr. Cullen Geiselman
Barbara Goldfield (Secretary)
John Graf
Robert Graham (Immediate Past Chair)
Winell Herron
Tom Hix
Jill Jewett
Stephen Kaufman
Peggy Kostial
Neal Manne
Stacy Methvin (Vice Chair)
Walt Mischer, Jr.
Alireza “Ali” Moshiri
Bobbie Nau
Stephen D. Newton (Vice Chair)
Sara Ortwein
Jim Postl
Alexandra Pruner
Brent Smolik
Stephen Trauber
Randa Duncan Williams
Austin Young


Contacting the Houston Zoo

Main Phone: 713-533-6500
Contact Us Via Email

Deborah Cannon, President & CEO
Rick Barongi, Executive Vice President of Conservation
Leslie Forestier, Chief Financial Officer
David Brady, Chief Marketing Officer, VP Advancement
Chris Lyons, Chief Operating Officer
Sharon Joseph, VP Animal Operations
Peter Riger, VP Conservation
Chance Sanford, VP Education
Kathi Culbertson, VP Human Resources
Nick Espinosa, Senior Director of Development
Kevin Pope, Director of Safety and Security