Feb 15

Raising a Family, Raising Conservation Awareness

“My husband and I have been together for 20 years,” says Dr. Peggy Jones. “And we have always enjoyed the zoo.”

During their college years, the Joneses, who are both physicians in the Omaha area, had a basic membership to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. After they started their family, they decided that becoming zoo patrons would be a meaningful way to support an organization that had become so important to all of them.

“We look for creative ways to contribute,” says Dr. Phillip Jones. In addition to being patron members, the family has held birthday parties at the zoo, and they have gifted Omaha Zoo Foundation patron memberships to close friends.

The Jones children, ages three, five, seven and nine, love some of the special perks that come with the family’s support of the zoo, including a few behind-the-scenes animal visits. “The giraffes and the penguins are favorites,” says Dr. Peggy Jones.

She adds that their eldest son was especially excited about the return of elephants to the zoo. “He loves them, and he was only two years old when the zoo last had an elephant.”

The Jones parents are happy for the opportunity to pass on the spirit of conservation to their children. “We are supporting local efforts that make a global impact,” says Dr. Phillip Jones, noting that every time there’s a birth at the zoo, the kids get to witness conservation in action. “We hope that, as our children grow, they will continue the tradition.”