University of Houston-Victoria


jaX Needs Our Help from UHV President Bob Glenn

Dear UHV Faculty, Staff and Students,

Many area nonprofits are struggling right now with dwindling funds because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of those is especially close to my heart and our UHV community.

Since 2015, the Texas Zoo has been home to UHV’s real-life jaguar mascot, jaX (which stands for “jaguars are eXceptional”). jaX came to the zoo from Pennsylvania after UHV made a donation for transportation and renovation of the zoo’s former lion enclosure to house the male jaguar. In 2016, jaX was joined by Sophia, a female jaguar from a zoo in Maryland.

The zoo has had to temporarily close during a time when it is usually busy with school field trips and its annual Wild About Wine fundraiser, which has been delayed. It costs about $40,000 to operate the zoo monthly.

Will you help me support jaX and the Texas Zoo? I am investing in a small sponsorship to support the zoo because of our ongoing relationship and because I think this is a good cause, our community needs the zoo. Please consider joining me in making a donation. Donations can be made through the zoo’s GoFundMe or PayPal accounts.

Fresh produce, unseasoned meat, bleach, other disinfectants, linens, towels and other items also can be donated by emailing

Bob Glenn