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Welcome to SHAPE—Africa

Lee Houts Memorial Fund


Lee Houts inspired so many animal caretakers with her dedication to providing an excellent quality of life for captive animals everywhere. Lee was famous for her unrelenting support of enrichment efforts, from encouraging the staff of a small zoo to participating in intensive working groups tasked with determining enrichment standards for national zoo organizations.


In keeping with Lee Houts’ devotion to spreading enrichment knowledge and enthusiasm around the world, The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. began accepting donations in her memory.


Monies donated to the Lee Houts Memorial Fund are dedicated towards furthering enrichment efforts in developing countries, by providing educational opportunities to those in financial need. For example, a keeper from a developing country might be funded to attend an enrichment workshop or conference. Board approval is required for these funds to be used.


Even small donations can go a long, long way in many of these countries. Anything will help!


To Donate


Donations may be made via credit card online or by check or money order.

Online Donation by Credit Card


Checks and money orders must be payable to “The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.” If you wish to designate all or part of your donation to this fund, please indicate on the memo line on the check and/or on accompanying paperwork. Checks and money orders should be posted to:

The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.

1650 Minden Dr.

San Diego, CA 92111 USA


Your support, in any amount, is greatly appreciated!


Tax-Deductible Receipt


If you have made either a general donation, or one to the Lee Houts Memorial Fund, we sincerely thank you for helping us help improve the lives of captive animals around the world! Please contact us if you wish a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. Online donors will receive their receipt by email immediately after donating.


Welcome to SHAPE—Africa



First Lee Houts Memorial Fund Recipients Selected


In May, 2009, the Lee Houts Memorial Fund sponsored Paul Nyenje and Julius Abigaba to attend the Animal Keepers Association of Africa Symposium and Enrichment Workshop in Entebbe, Uganda.


Read more from Paul Nyenje and Julius Abigaba



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