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June’s Featured Members: Maxine and Gerald

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 Zoo Members that deserves recognition. We’re thrilled to introduce you to June’s Featured Members: Maxine & Gerald.


I remember for decades my parents taking my brother, sister and me on occasional visits to the Houston Zoo. It was always a special outing for us. Over the years, we have enjoyed many changes and improvements, both by the increased residency from the animal kingdom and additions of the lovely horticultural surroundings.

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Today, as members of the zoo and as senior citizens, my husband, Gerald, and I can attest to the special attention given to those who choose to support this outstanding organization. Although we cannot attend all the activities, we have had the special privilege of attending some of the events offered wherein we can further support these beautiful creatures. One such annual event is the ever-popular “Feast with the Beasts.” The variety of food offered from local establishments pleases the palates of all.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “Zoo Lights.”  That event will take your breath away. The enormous amount of time and effort it takes to create a “winter wonderland” among those magnificent animals is so much appreciated. We have encouraged our friends and family to make it a must during their holiday festivities to offer their support In behalf of this fun-filled event.

Recently, we attended a rain barrel workshop on Zoo premises, presented by The Galveston Bay Foundation, wherein we were educated on the importance of water conservation and protection. The fact that The Houston Zoo supports the efforts of such organizations speaks proud of their interest in local activities that promote protection of our environment, hence protection of the animals that delight us and bring such pleasure. It was an event my sister, my husband and I felt was very worthwhile.

From the majestic stature of the elephants, giraffes and gorillas (Gerald’s favorite exhibit), to the playful antics of the meerkats and otters (my favorite entertainers), we have been royally entertained as visitors to their home. From the mighty oak trees to the colorful blossoms throughout the grounds, our stroll passed the habitats is always exciting and more than enjoyable.

In appreciation of this outstanding and beautiful facility, I can say that we will continue to offer our support to the care and protection of these special animals that call the Houston Zoo their home. We also say “thanks” to the keepers and staff, who are anxious to answer any questions we have during out visits and who are quick to offer interesting facts about their special “friends.” Keep up the good work.

Over the years, we have visited the Houston Zoo on numerous occasions. Because we feel an obligation to do our part to help in the care and protection of the zoo animals, we recently chose to become members. Being members has allowed us the privilege and satisfaction of doing our small part in promoting the appreciation and preservation of all these amazing creatures.

Thank you, Houston Zoo (animals and staff).
Proud members, Maxine and Gerald


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