Renee Bumpus has had over 20 years of experience in wildlife conservation. She began her wildlife conservation career in British Columbia, Canada, working at an endangered species conservation center where she enhanced recovery and reintroduction efforts for endangered species locally and globally. In the first 10 years of her career she witnessed the Vancouver Island Marmot rebound from the brink of extinction through captive breeding and reintroduction. As an experienced animal care specialist and conservation professional, she’s worked in research and conservation efforts for species like Lemurs, African painted dogs and Lions in Africa, sharks and tapirs in Central and South America and many species in North America. In 2010, she joined the Houston Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Program. As the Sr. Director of Wildlife Conservation Programs for the Houston Zoo she works closely with over 30 global wildlife conservation partners to protect giraffe, elephants, gorillas, rhinos and many other species from extinction. Renee currently serves on the boards of Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders and the Center for Conservation Peacebuilding. She acts in advisory capacities for the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association and AZA’s Whooping Crane SAFE conservation program.