Renee Bumpus is the Sr. Director of Wildlife Conservation Programs for the Houston Zoo where she guides and enhances over 30 international and local wildlife conservation partnerships. She began her wildlife conservation career in British Columbia, Canada, in 1999 working at an endangered species conservation center and participating on local government recovery teams for critically endangered species. It was there that she witnessed the Vancouver Island Marmot overcome all odds and rebound from the brink of extinction through collaborative recovery and reintroduction efforts. In 2010, she joined the Houston Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Program where she focuses on connecting and strengthening conservation efforts for increased wildlife saving results. Renee currently serves on the board of Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration and acts in advisory capacities for National Geographic’s Photo Ark, the Tapir Specialist Group and the Malagasy managed NGO, G.E.R.P., in Madagascar.