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Meet the Chiefs

Renee Bumpus

Chief Animal Conservation Officer

Renee Bumpus comes to us after working for the Houston Zoo for 12 years. As the Senior Director of Wildlife Conservation Programs at Houston Zoo, she managed international wildlife conservation partner relationships and collaborated with the entire Zoo to implement the organization’s strategic plan with a focus on animal wellbeing and care. Renee serves as a “Trip Scholar” for the Principia College Alumni Africa Travel Program where she provides wildlife conservation lectures and connections to the Somali Giraffe project.

Hailing from Canada, Renee’s first foray into the Zoo world was overseeing rare and unusual populations of animals that set the standard for breeding and well-being for many species at Mountain View Conservation Society in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Over her tenure of 11 years, she filled many roles including Animal Collection Manager, Registrar, and Conservation Coordinator where she supervised all the animal care staff.

Renee has served and continues to serve on a host of boards such as Long Neck Manor, Ecology Project International Galapagos, Center for Conservation Peacebuilding, Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders, and Hirola Conservation Program, to name just a few. She has been awarded many honors for her work, including AZA Service Award for Conservation, Houston’s Leading Woman Distinction, Houston Zoo Star Award, and even a Lonestar Emmy for the documentary “Saving Madagascar.” She is certified in Conservation Conflict Resolution and Behavior Change for Community-based Social Marketing.