Friday, September 27, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Lunch at Cypress Circle Café included. Meet at the main entrance of the Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive. Subscribers should be prepared to walk outdoors for our immersive zoo experience.
The mission of the Houston Zoo is to connect people with animals and to inspire action to save wildlife: its aspirational goal is to be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife. Today, over 2 million visitors annually come to the Houston Zoo, and few realize that a portion of their membership fee or admission ticket is used to protect the wild counterparts of the zoo animals they see. To bring awareness to this dual mission, the zoo’s new tagline is “See them. Save them.”
Renee Bumpus, senior director of wildlife conservation programs, will lead us on our walk through the zoo’s exhibits. As the staff member who oversees more than 45 local and international wildlife conservation partnerships, she is well positioned to describe the changing roles of zoos. CEO Lee Ehmke will provide a look into the future of the Zoo, describing the future exhibits leading up to its centennial in 2022. Peter Riger, vice-president of conservation and education, will join us to share some unique insights into tracking the effectiveness of the zoo’s future exhibits. We will then shift our focus to the zoo’s newest exhibit, the Texas Wetland habitat, which celebrates Texas species that have come back from the brink of extinction thanks to human intervention—bald eagles, whooping cranes, and alligators—before we conclude our tour with lunch at the newly opened Cypress Circle Café.