Shasta VI relaxes on a stony perch in his spacious habitat at the Houston Zoo, where he has been on duty as UH’s live mascot since March 2012. It’s a continuation of a tradition that began in 1947 when Shasta I was brought to UH. Keeping the big cats on campus continued until 1989, when Shasta V became the last Cougar resident of “Shasta’s Den,” a 10’ x 12’ enclosure near Lynn Eusan Park. Inset is a photo of two earlier Den‑izens – Shasta III taking stock of the curious cub that would become Shasta IV in 1977.
Photo by Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo