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Saving Wildlife Expo

In April 2016, the Houston Zoo partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Network to host an all-day conservation event here at the Zoo. Five conservation leaders spoke about how they are working to save cotton-top tamarin monkeys, okapi, zebra, pygmy elephants and lemurs at this full-day event.

Experience the Saving Wildlife Expo

If you missed the expo or would like to experience the event again, please watch the videos below to learn more about how everyone can reduce threats to wildlife through simple actions.

Belinda Mackey & Peter Lalampaa
Grevy’s Zebra Trust, Kenya, Africa.


Belinda Mackey & Peter Lalampaa run the Grevy’s Zebra Trust(GZT) in Kenya. GZT is a conservation organization in El Barta, the northern region of Kenya that seeks to protect grevy’s zebra by finding solutions for local people to live peacefully with wildlife. Zebras rely on the same resources as the local people and provide an essential balance in the African landscape. GZT empowers local communities to protect these animals from extinction through monitoring programs.


Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy
GERP Primate conservation group, Madagascar, Africa


Jonah grew up in Madagascar and has witnessed wildlife decline in his own back yard. He has committed his life to protecting lemurs and wildlife in Madagascar from extinction. He says “no lemurs will go extinct on his watch”. He directs over 20 other Malagasy (local people in Madagascar) conservationists in a conservation organization called GERP. GERP conducts wildlife protection community work and education in villages surrounding forests. Jonah and GERP have discovered a few new lemur species in the past 5 years in their monitoring work.


Nurzhafarina Othman
Borneo Elephant Conservation Program, Borneo, Malaysia


Nurzhafarina Othman leads the Borneo Elephant Conservation Program. She has grown up in Asia and has a deep-rooted connection to wildlife. She received her PHD in wildlife conservation in Borneo and works tirelessly to collect important data to improve the plans and strategies to protect wildlife in the area. She manages data collection and monitors the wild Bornean pygmy elephant interactions with communities. She promotes proper farming practices and ways to decrease deforestation related to palm oil production processes.


Rosamira Guillen,
Proyecto Tití (cotton-top tamarin), Colombia, South America


Rosamira Guillen directs an organization called Proyecto Tití in Colombia, South America that protects this little monkey in the wild. Proyecto Titi is saving the cotton-top tamarin through education and community programs that protect the forest they live in. One of these programs enlists local women to use recycled plastic bags to weave into attractive sturdy reusable bags to get more plastic out of the landfills.


John Lukas
Okapi Conservation Project, Congo, Africa


John Lukas is the director of the Okapi Conservation Project in the Congo, Africa. John has partnered with local people to learn more about these animals in the wild. He assists the locals in developing a protection strategies and plans. To reduce slash and burn agriculture and consumption of bushmeat, the Okapi Conservation Project works to improve community livelihoods by expanding educational opportunities, modernizing health care and increasing agricultural production. Working with Farmer’s Cooperatives and Women’s Groups, OCP educators strive to advance economic opportunities that reduce the pressure on forest and wildlife in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.


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:


Event generously sponsored by The Tapeats Fund

Participating Wildlife Organizations

In addition to our special guest speakers, the Wildlife Expo welcomes representatives from the following 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.

  • Galveston Bay Foundation
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Attwater Prairie Chicken Program
  • Katy Prairie Conservancy
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)
  • Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN)
  • Texas Black Bear Alliance
  • Ocelot Conservation
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Hirola Conservation Programme
  • Houston Audubon
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
  • The Crane Trust
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • MarAlliance
  • Coral Restoration Foundation

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