Friday, May 21, 2010


Young professionals partied with the big cats at Houston Zoo // by Shelby Hodge
May 21, 2010

It was a sellout at Houston Zoo Thursday night when 250 eager supporters, members of the young professionals group Flock, poured through the gates for an evening of animal encounters, light bites and DJ spins.

Official greeters were a North American porcupine, who could be coaxed into waving if offered the right treat, and a majestic bald eagle. It was a rare and wondrous opportunity to see one of the grand birds up-close-and-personal.

Katherine Chambers, Flock's conservation committee chair, officially welcomed guests and spoke briefly on the Zoo's numerous conservation programs. The education component taken care of, Flock-sters moved on to the jaguar exhibition for a special feeding — "bone-in" meat. Yum.

Just like the bone-in ribeye at Tony's. Not.

In any case, the crowd loved watching the sleek cats feed and romp in their new exhibit space.

Sipping brewskies from Saint Arnold Brewing Co., sampling tasty burritos from Freebirds and grooving to sounds of DJ Dave Wrangler were uninhibited guests who went so far as to done animal noses and snouts for party pix.

In the mix were Gloria Luna, Jared Lang, Liz Gorman and Stephen Jones, Michael Mandola, Andrea Pro, Jesse Bounds, Katherine Orellana, Jennifer LeGrand and Brent Howard, Adam Gibson, Sanford Steinberg, Vernon Caldera, Payman Khania and Farrah Akhtar.