Featured Members: The Hoffman 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 family that deserves recognition. We’re thrilled to introduce you to our August Featured Members: The Hoffman Family.


We reached out to The Hoffman Family (Geoffrey and Paula) to share a few words about being Zoo Members.

Paula says, “When we moved to Houston in October of 2009, we were the proud parents of a single baby boy. We settled in right by the Houston Zoo and bought a Membership the next day. Every morning we’d wave goodbye to daddy and walk over to watch the zookeepers bathe the elephants at 10 and then head over to story time at the Butterfly Stage at 11 am. Bennett was our favorite storyteller. He still is!

As our family grew (Ollie now has a younger brother and a younger sister), we found more and more treasures that appeal to different ages and personalities. Ollie and Louie both love the Swap Shop best. They’ve learned so much from Ms. Suzanne! Whenever they find a natural treasure like a beetle or an acorn or a butterfly egg, they take it to the Swap Shop and earn points. Once Ollie earned enough points to earn a raccoon skull! Louie loves crawling through the aquarium tunnel in Natural Encounters and feeding the giraffes. Violet loves playing in your splash pad and brushing your goats (even though she thinks they are dogs).

I like the elephants best! They are such wonderful, devoted mothers. Once, when Tupelo was a helpless little baby, her brother Baylor kept trying to knock her down. All of the elephants banded together and made a circle around the baby, keeping her mischievous brother away. It was a firm but loving way to discipline Baylor and keep Tupelo safe. They worked so well together to raise the little ones.”

Ollie has even been featured in a few official Houston Zoo videos. Here, you can see him hosting a video that shows how children can help animals!

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