April’s Featured Members: The Kong-Saibi Family

We love our Members. Their incredible support allows us to make a difference to animals both locally and all over the world. This month, we’re spotlighting a Zoo Member family that deserves recognition. We’re thrilled to introduce you to April’s Featured Members: The Kong-Saibi Family.

We asked Jennifer to share a few words about what being a Zoo Member means to her family. Here’s what she had to say.

april member 2“Having grown up in Houston, I have fond memories myself of time at the Zoo. Now, married with two daughters Madeline & Margaret, we are members because I wanted the girls to be able to enjoy and make memories of their own at the Houston Zoo, deepen their love of animals big and small, and learn to respect and support wildlife and natural habitats.

We have been members for the past seven years, since our oldest daughter was born. Our Zoo Membership is an annual Christmas gift from my mom who supports the Zoo in her own right, volunteering as a clown through her church on Dreamnight, an event held for children who are chronically ill and disabled children and their families.
Being a Zoo member has many advantages. It allows us to visit often, the flexibility to stop in when we have just a couple of hours to spend, to meet friends for play dates, or to spend the entire morning or evening there if we have the time!

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Over the years, we’ve enjoyed the many events the Houston Zoo has for its member families, including the Zoo Boo, Zoo Lights, and school holiday camps. We also love Member Saturdays, when we are able to enjoy the Zoo an hour earlier than the general public, a time when many of the animals are much more active!

What we love about the Zoo is that though it is on a fixed piece of land, it is always growing and evolving. Each time we go, it seems as though there is something new that we’ve never before seen. We also enjoy the fact that the Zoo is a place that individuals of all ages enjoy, and that our children have and will continue to enjoy through the years.
I am proud to also work for a small business, Cammarata Pediatric Dentistry Group, that has been a great supporter of the Houston Zoo. We even have some artwork at our Central office designed by one of the zoo’s residents, the meerkats!”

From all of us here at the Houston Zoo, we want to say thank you to the Kong-Saibi family and all of our Zoo Members. As a Houston Zoo Member, your support truly makes an impact on the growth of our Zoo and conservation efforts. THANKS!

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Social Media Guy to Sea Lion Keeper: Can you send me a pic of you working with the sea lions in this chilly weather?

Sea Lion Keeper: Sure... (sends picture next to sea lion statue)

SMG: Im still using this.


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Are there some zoo animals that enjoy this weather?

SMG is another reason why Houston Zoo is the best Zoo!

Are we positive that’s the statue rather than it really just being that cold? 😛

More snow for TJ and Max ❤️ lucky them!

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Haha!! Good one!

Sweetie 💞

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Ok, it took me a minute to get this. I was literally zooming in to try to find the mouse. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄😂

Cindy Christina Angela Ramirez see I told y’all! Lol

I fell for the mouse thing too..

“Baby it’s cold outside!”

That's nothing! Talk to keepers from the northern states or Canada!

i was honestly looking for a mouse lol

Johnnie R. Summerlin, cool, see the "stalagm ice"?

Wow,that is so neat!

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Two words. Pipe insulation.

That’s awesome!

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Brrrr. It’s cold out there! We have made the decision to close the Houston Zoo tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 17. Don’t worry, the animals are safe and warm in their night houses!

A limited number of staff from departments like Animal Programs, Safety and Security and Operations/Facilities will be onsite to perform essential services and have the Zoo ready for us to reopen Thursday morning.

A big ol' high-five to our awesome team members who braved this icy cold to come in and care for our animals and zoo facilities.
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Safety and welfare of the animals first! Thanks guys for all you do.

Yes thank you for everything yall do to keep the animals safe .. y'all keep safe and warm

Thank you for taking good care of our animals!

Thank u for keeping those Babies safe and warm!❤️

Thank you for all you do!

Thank you for ZOO LIGHTS. it was amazing this year!

Thank you, zoo team. Stay safe!

Mandy Rinker— really? Too cold? You’re from the Midwest girl


thank you for all you do and keep the furry babies warm


Thank you for taking care of our precious animals that we love to come see!

Thank you for keeping those beautiful animals safe. 💕

Thank you for making sure the animals are safe and warm.

Thank you for all you do for these amazing animals!!

Go, Erika!!!

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