Sunday, April 1, 2012

I adopted a Cougar!!!

A couple weekends ago Mychael and I went to the Houston Zoo for the reveal of the new live mascot for the University of Houston. This is an extremely exciting time for the University of Houston community. The last time we had a live mascot was in 1989. Shasta VI will reside at the Houston Zoo, and at least right now will not attend live events.

I was very impressed at the turnout for the ceremony. We arrived just a tad late and I didn't expect the area to be jammed packed. It was like this behind us as well. I couldn't see any of the speakers, I'm a tad too short but it was great to be there and be a part of our university's history. 

I was bummed when they first announced that our new live mascot is male. Traditionally our mascot has been female. At the ceremony they told us that Shasta VI was rescued after a hunter shot and killed his Mom. Shasta VI was born in September 2011, after his mom was killed the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife went on a search for her cubs. There were 3, and Shasta VI was the last to be found and rescued. December 2011, they transported little Shasta VI to the Houston Zoo. Then, March 2012 our University of Houston announced that we would adopt the cougar as our new mascot!! You'll be happy to know that the hunter has been caught and punished!

This little guy is such a ball of energy! He was jumping around playing and with everyone there it was quite hard for us to get a good photo of Shasta VI. I fell in love with the little man. I am a huge cat lover, and I am a huge supporter of our university (former UH Ambassador here) so it was a huge deal for me personally.
I saw this mysterious man with a mysterious item under his arm. I asked to see and it looks like this will be the official mascot photo that will hang in our alumni center. He did not speak a word to us or others who asked to photograph him with the photo. We did see soon after that he was escorted with the president of the university by Zoo officials. He must be someone important!
We were on our way out of the Cougar area when I saw a couple tables, I had to check them out! One was the Houston Zoo adoption program and the Houston Zoo membership sign up table. I had always wanted to adopt an animal at the zoo... This was the time. So, I am a proud Cougar Momma! I didn't sign up for the biggest package as I want to do that as a married couple with Mychael. You get a stone with your name on the Houston Zoo wall for that one. I'm happy to know that I am contributing to the maintenance of the habitat for the two cougars at the Houston Zoo.
The Houston Zoo holds a special place in our hearts because it was one of our very first dates. As two poor college students we tried our hardest to choose dates that didn't cost us too much and the Houston Zoo has always been on of our favorite places. We go annually on or around the 4th of July. So much fun. I definitely recommend it.

Lunch at the zoo is so relaxing!

Mychael asked me since we were at the zoo now if we were skipping out on our traditional date... um, definitely not! We will be back in July! Do you visit your local zoo? What is your favorite part?


  1. We don't really have a local zoo but they do have one at HerseyPark that we enjoy

  2. That's so neat! I love that you adopted a Cougar!

  3. I love the zoo!! My favorite animals are the big cats! Cougars, lions, tigers...they all remind me of my own cats the way they lie around, and I love that!

  4. That's so cool! I love the zoo and my favorite parts are the giraffes and elephants.

  5. I love that they got a live mascot again, that's awesome. And good for you for adopting an animal. That's so cool! I wonder if our zoo does that? I love going to the zoo!

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  7. I did not know this, Too cool! I will have to go and check out the little guy for myself. (I call the zoo my happy place, its my favorite place to go)

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