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Saving Wildlife Expo

The Houston Zoo is partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Network to host an all-day conservation event here at the Zoo. Conservation leaders will speak about how they are working to save lions, tapirs, native Texas animals, zebras and sharks and rays at this full-day event.

Saving Wildlife Expo
Saturday, March 25
Members/Students $34 
Non-members $39
Boxed lunch option $10                               *Comment to specify dietary restrictions



Help us save wildlife by ensuring that we have the least waste possible at this event. Please bring your own reusable water bottle. Beverages will be available for you to refill throughout the day!

Five conservation leaders from across the globe will join us for this one day, sharing stories and successes while highlighting threats everyone can help reduce through simple actions. We will also have a host of representatives from conservation organizations exhibiting, for guests to hear about their efforts locally and abroad.

Our Partner: The WCN

This event is in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN). Their mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. Learn more about their unique approach to saving wildlife on their website:



Featured Speakers

Dr. Patricia Medici
Tapir Specialist Group, Brazil, South America

As Chair of the Tapir Specialist Group, Dr. Patricia Medici launched the Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative in Brazil aimed at establishing tapir conservation programs in all areas where tapirs live, specifically the Pantanal. The goal is to help researchers determine the effects that large animals, such as tapirs, have on their habitats and the other animals living around them. This will help to design plans to prevent the disappearance of these animals.
Click to donate to the Tapir Specialist Group

Dr. Colleen Begg
Niassa Lion Project, Mozambique, Africa

Niassa Lion Project Founder, Dr. Colleen along with her husband Keith Begg and a team of local Mozambicans are working to conserve lions and other large carnivores in an immense wilderness called Niassa Reserve in northern Mozambique. Niassa National Reserve is home to one of only five healthy lion populations left on the continent. Niassa Lion Project’s strategy for helping lions in the wild is to promote coexistence between lions and other large carnivores and people in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique. They work with locals through community outreach and education on how to safely live with lions.
Click to donate to Niassa Lion Project

Dr. Rachel Graham
MarAlliance, Belize, Central America

Fascinated with the sea from the early days of growing up in Tunisia, MarAlliance founder and Executive Director, Dr. Rachel Graham has worked for nearly two decades with fishers and partners in several countries to identify threats and research needs and conservation opportunities for threatened marine wildlife and their habitats. MarAlliance is a community-based conservation organization that works with communities to protect ocean wildlife such as sharks, rays and sea turtles. Based in Central America, they employ local fishers to engage in wildlife monitoring and protection efforts and work closely with the government and other conservation organizations.
Click to donate to MarAlliance

Dr. Cullen Geiselman
Bat Conservationist and Board of Directors, Houston Zoo

Dr. Cullen Geiselman is a bat researcher and conservationist. Her research focuses on seed dispersal and pollination by bats. She has coauthored a book with botanists from the New York Botanical Garden entitled Seed Dispersal by Bats in the Neotropics. A former Bat Conservation International staff member, she currently serves as the Chair of the Bat Conservation International Board of Directors. In addition to BCI, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Zoo, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Houston Parks Board, Houston Advanced Research Center, and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.

Belinda Mackey
Grevy’s Zebra Trust, Kenya, Africa

Belinda Low Mackey runs the Grevy’s Zebra Trust (GZT) in Kenya. GZT is a conservation organization that seeks to protect the endangered Grevy’s zebra by finding solutions for local people to live peacefully with wildlife. GZT empowers local communities to save these animals from extinction by working with women, elders, warriors, youth and children. Together, they monitor trends in Grevy’s zebra populations; promote local conservation stewardship through training workshops; provide protection for Grevy’s zebra and other wildlife threatened by poaching; restore and improve Grevy’s zebra habitat; and help Grevy’s zebra survive during times of environmental stress. Many of these actions also protect other important wildlife species in Northern Kenya.
Click to donate to Grevy’s Zebra Trust

Wildlife Expo Schedule

8:30am – Doors open and vendor stalls open

9:15am – Welcome

9:30am – Pati Medici, Saving tapirs of the Pantanal

Gabriel Massocato, Brazilian giant armadillo and giant anteater researcher

10:00am – Break

10:30am – Colleen Begg, Saving lions of Africa

11:15am – Speaker chats on Zoo grounds at exhibits

12:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Rachel Graham, Saving sharks and other marine wildlife

Hilmar Salazar, Belize Conservationist/Fisherman protecting sharks, rays and sea turtles

1:30pm – Break

2:00pm – Cullen Geiselman, Saving bats in Texas

2:30pm – Break

3:00pm – Belinda Low, Saving zebras in Kenya

3:30pm – Closing Thank You


Participating Wildlife Organizations

In addition to our special guest speakers, the Wildlife Expo welcomes representatives from groups saving wildlife locally and globally. You are invited to meet with them and hear about their exciting work. These groups will have booths in the Brown Education Center throughout the day.

African Wildlife Foundation
Bat Conservation International
Cheetah Conservation Fund
Coastal Prairie Partnership
Giant Armadillo Project
Global Handicrafts
Grevy’s Zebra Trust
Houston Parks & Recreation Department
Houston Wilderness
Katy Prairie Conservancy
Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge, Ocelot Conservation
Native Plant Society of Texas
Niassa Lion Project
SSA Associates (Houston Zoo gift shop vendor who sells conservation merchandise)
Tapir Specialist Group
Turtle Island Restoration Network
Wildlife Conservation Network
Houston Zoo Membership
Houston Zoo Staff involved in conservation – representing organizations like Coral Restoration Foundation and Blue-Billed Curassow Conservation

Can’t attend, but want to support these efforts?

Click below to donate to the organization of your choice:

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