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Being a Cougar, you know that cougars have historically resided on the UH campus however, most now agree that the best place for these magnificent cats is in the wild, or at a zoo!
In December of 2011 an orphaned male cougar cub arrived at the Houston Zoo. The cub and his brothers were with their mother when she was shot by a hunter in Washington state. The new cub gave us the opportunity for a unique collaboration between UHAA and the Houston Zoo. In honor of this partnership, this new cub has been named “Shasta,” the traditional name of the UH cougar mascot. The new Shasta VI and Haley will serve as ambassadors for UH, guarding the rings the night before the class ring ceremony and appearing via webcam for UH events.


The Adopt program at the Houston Zoo is proud to offer a special Shasta Adopt in partnership with UHAA. 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. Learn more about Houston Zoo's Adopt program at!

Thank you to the following generous donors who have already committed to supporting this exciting partnership!

Tom Adams Durga & Sushila Agrawal
Fausto Almazan, Jr. Serge Ambrose & Michelangelo Sabatino
James & Sandy Anderson
Lorraine & Robert Andrews
Jeff & Joelle Berlat
Parker Binion
Suzanne Black
Jonathan Blackistone
David & Ginger Blomstrom
Downey & Kerry Bridgwater
Brad Bryan
Gail & Willie Burns
CenterPoint Energy Alumni Association John & Kim Clarke
Gary Coley
College of Education Alumni Association
Derek Dickson
Robert Donaldson
Elaine & Tommy Ebner
Edward Edson
Nathan Evans
Cheri & Ed Ferguson
Kay & Bob Forker
Fort Bend Club
Lynda Frost
Kayoor & Raju Gajarawala
Phil Gorsie
Joe & Sheila Green
Thomas Griffith
George & Myrajane Hall
Dr. Henry Hammer, III
Dr. Daniel Hannon, Jr.
Pat & Margaret Harlan Les & Donna Haulbrook
Chad & Rachelle Helmcamp
Joe & Marsha Ickes
Jim & Lynn Kaucher
Jan Kelly
Betty LaRoche
Sara Malone
Natalie Marbach
Lynn Mason
Nick & Vicki Massad
Raymond Oshman
Larry & Patti Page
Tally & Trent Perez
Joe & Nancy Pogge
Wanda Polk
Jerry & Jo Portele
Dutch Quigley
Lynette & Todd Ramey
Mackrena & Michael Ramos
Sam Ray
Sandra Rich
Benjamin Schatte
Billie & John Schneider
Paula & Rick Short
Rakesh & Sarita Singh
Helen Smith
Spirit of Houston Alumni Association
Murray & Sharon Stinson
Roaxana Tamijani
Robby Timberlake
Georgia Tullis
Red & Elaine Veselka Charles Waite Jr.
Mark Webb
Kimberly & Trey Wilkinson
Cindi Wilson Proler
Joanne & Welcome Wilson

Help support this great new partnership between UHAA and the Houston Zoo!
Please select Shasta's Birthday in the "My gift is to support" menu.