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December’s Featured Member: Susan Spjut

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 that deserves recognition. We’re thrilled to introduce you to December’s Featured Member: Susan Spjut.


“I grew up in Houston, and have been coming to the Houston Zoo as long as I can remember.  I remember that my brother, John, (when he was probably about 12?) brought home a rooster from the zoo.  It was attacking children in the petting zoo, so they gave the bird to my brother.  That bird crowed every morning under my bedroom window.

I grew up on Sunset Blvd.  Sometimes I could hear the lions roar. It was pretty cool. When my kids were young, we would often come to the zoo, it was free back then.


I have been a member for several years now.  Mainly to support the zoo. Also because I am an artist at Archway Gallery.  I take photos of the animals and using them as references paint pictures of your animals.

I love the Houston zoo, and have watched it become a much better environment for animals.  I wish the world did not need zoos for the survival of so many species.  The Gorilla exhibit is awesome!”

– Susan Spjut

From all of us here at the Houston Zoo, we want to say thank you to Susan 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!