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About Us

The Houston Zoo is committed to being a leader in the global effort to save animals in the wild. We are home to over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide the highest standard in animal care. Every time you visit the Zoo, you're helping us save animals in the wild. We support 49 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries around the world.

Mission, Vision & Core Values

Our Mission: Connect communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

Our Vision: Be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Our Core Values:

  • Passion: We love animals and are committed to saving wildlife.
  • Inclusion: We welcome everyone and strive to be accessible to all.
  • Excellence: We provide the highest quality of life for our animals and an exceptional experience for our guests.
  • Integrity: We are accountable for ethical practices, measurable results, and delivering on our promises.
  • Unity: We fulfill our mission through open, active, and respectful collaboration.
  • Stewardship: We nurture and protect the resources and relationships in our care for the long-term health of our Zoo.

Contacting the Houston Zoo

Main Phone: 713-533-6500

Lee Ehmke, President & CEO
Sheryl Kolasinski, Chief Operating Officer
Jeri Nordbrock, Chief Financial Officer
Nick Espinosa, Chief Advancement Officer
Kristin Finney, Chief Human Resources Officer
Trazanna Moreno, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Technology
Kevin Hodge, Vice President, Animal Programs
Ben Jones, Vice President, Conservation and Education
Lisa Marie Avendano, Deputy Director, Chief Mission Officer Executive

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