Amarillo Zoo
Where more than imaginations run WILD!

Founded in 1955 the Amarillo Zoo is a place to share the wonders of the animal world with kids of all ages. The beautiful 15-acre site is located in Thompson Park and features over 60 species of animals. The zoo is designed for fun and discovery and will provide a lifetime of memories. Here, you'll do more than just look...you'll experience the animal world.

Once you've finished enjoying the zoo, make sure to visit Thompson Park. Visitors will discover shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, beautiful lakes, swimming, tennis and walking trails in this 330-acre regional park.

Commitment to Conservation Series

Saturday, March 21 from 11:00am-Noon

Amarillo Zoo Education Center

“Purple Martin Conservation”

Guest Speaker Jim Ray, Pantex Wildlife Biologist and Chief Biologist for Purple Martin Conservation Association

Jim Ray, a native of Dalhart, is a 25-year veteran of Texas Panhandle’s Wildlife Management and Research Community. After degrees from Texas Tech University and South Dakota State University, Jim spent 9 years as Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Migratory Birds and Wetlands Biologist for the 77 counties that make up northwest Texas. He has spent the last 15 years as the Wildlife Biologist for Pantex, landing the U. S. Department of Energy facility three agency nominations for the annual Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award.

In his spare time, Jim doubles as the Chief Wildlife Biologist of the international 501c3 non-profit, the Purple Martin Conservation Association, which is based in Erie, PA. Jim has banded more than 10,000 of these migratory songbirds and in collaboration with a large partnership across North America is tracking them year-round, learning of their year-round needs, including in Central and South America.  Jim has authored or co-authored more than two dozen journal and magazine articles on the species including the two-time publication of the year winner, The Purple Martin and Its Management in Texas.  Jim and his wife Susan live between Amarillo and Canyon and host a colony of close to 60 pairs of Purple Martins each year.

*This program is included with regular Zoo admission.