Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of the UH Alumni Association, we sincerely appreciate everyone’s thoughtful condolences on the recent passing of our beloved Shasta VI who served as our mascot from 2011 to August 4, 2022. As Shasta VI’s presence at the Houston Zoo played a vital role in helping preserve cherished University traditions, we understand the interest in wanting to continue in this same trajectory. While plans are to introduce a Shasta VII at some point, it will take time to work through the complexities involved in securing a live cougar. As we look to guidance from our steadfast partners at the Houston Zoo, we ask for your patience and understanding. As always, we will keep our alumni and friends of the University apprised as developments occur.

True we’ll ever be,

Mike Pede (’89)
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
University of Houston