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Adopt Shasta


Support the Houston Zoo and UHAA

The Adopt program at the Houston Zoo is proud to offer a special Shasta Adopt in partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association. When you Adopt Shasta, you’ll help ensure the Zoo continues to provide the very best care and feeding for Shasta and our family of 6,000 animal ambassadors. In addition, a portion of your gift will be directed to help fund UHAA’s scholarship programs.


What You’ll Receive When You Adopt:


Each Shasta Adopt Kit includes:

  • High quality cougar animal plush with school spirit
  • Custom adoption certificate
  • Cougar fact sheet
  • 5×7 photo of Shasta
  • 2 Houston Zoo tickets
  • Adopt E-Newsletter

About Shasta

Shasta came to the Houston Zoo in December 2011 after a hunter illegally shot and killed his mother in Washington state. As a five week old cub, Shasta had little chance of survival in the wild.


Thankfully, Washington State Fish & Wildlife agents were able to locate and rescue Shasta. When he arrived at the Houston Zoo, a partnership was formed between the University of Houston and the Zoo to designate Shasta as the official mascot of UH. Today, Shasta VI lives a healthy and active life at the Zoo alongside Haley, our female cougar.

Shasta VI acts as an ambassador for his counterparts in the wild while faithfully representing the spirit of the University of Houston.

Whether you adopt for yourself or on behalf of a cougar alum or student as a gift, know that your contribution is an investment in the success of two of Houston’s most celebrated institutions.