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   Becomes First Corporate Sponsor for the Houston Zoo Conservation Program

HOUSTON, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — ION Geophysical Corporation
(NYSE: IO) today announced its latest commitment to environmental conservation
by becoming the first corporate sponsor of the Pongos Helping Pongos program,
a Houston Zoo initiative that supports the critically endangered orangutan
species on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. ION is committed to
environmental sustainability, with this sponsorship merely the latest
expression of its intent to support the communities in which it operates.

Pongos Helping Pongos, featuring ‘Paintings by Orangutans, for
Orangutans,’ is a program with numerous benefits. Orangutans at the Houston
Zoo are given an opportunity to express their innate creativity and
intelligence by producing works of art, while proceeds generated from artwork
sales support field conservation efforts at Indonesia’s Gunung Palung National
Park and Malaysia’s Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. To date, the
Houston Zoo has raised nearly $50,000 for these two conservation areas, which
represent some of the last remaining natural habitats for wild orangutans.

“Several leading zoos have pioneered the concept of having their animals
paint,” stated Peter Riger, Assistant Director of Conservation at the Houston
Zoo. “We expanded on this simple concept by incorporating the sale of the
artwork once it is created by the animals. Now, our orangutans not only have
an outlet for their creativity, but they also have a means of generating both
interest in their well-being and funds that supports other orangutans in the
wild. Our Houston Zoo orangutans are now playing an integral part in a
cross-border conservation program and acting as ambassadors for their species.
Our aspiration to make the Houston Zoo a leader in protecting threatened
wildlife and helping all of us appreciate our natural world is being
acknowledged by zoo visitors and, quite honestly, by others around the world
who may never have had the opportunity to visit us in Houston. The Pongos
Helping Pongos program is one of the many initiatives we are leading to
support conservation around the world.”

“We are excited to be collaborating with the Houston Zoo on the Pongos
program,” says Chris Friedemann, Senior Vice President, ION Corporate
Marketing. “Not only does the initiative support a great cause like
environmental conservation, it also demonstrates the innovative mindset that
is core to ION. Our employees take great pride in protecting the environment
and supporting the communities in which we operate. It’s a privilege for us
to help the Houston Zoo expand the awareness and potential impact of their
Pongos program.”

The Houston Zoo is gearing up for its 3rd annual Pongos Helping Pongos
silent auction event to be held on the evening of March 29, 2008 at the G
Gallery in the Houston Heights district. Animal art will be on display and
silently auctioned for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for animal
conservation, welfare and humanitarian aid around the world.

For more information about the event and the Houston Zoo’s conservation
mission, visit

About ION Community Affairs

As ION continues to expand its global presence, the company has made it a
priority to take a growing leadership role in community affairs.
Environmental conservation, community involvement and educational support are
three of the cornerstones of ION’s community affairs initiatives, with the
Pongos Helping Pongos sponsorship joining past commitments to the Fund for
Teachers and the SEG Online initiatives. In addition to these sponsorships,
ION remains committed to the positive treatment of the Earth’s natural
resources by continually reducing the company’s environmental impact through
numerous recycling and conservation efforts. For more information, visit

About ION

ION is a leading provider of geophysical technology, services, and
solutions for the global oil & gas industry. ION’s offerings allow E&P
operators to obtain higher resolution images of the subsurface to reduce the
risk of exploration and reservoir development, and enable seismic contractors
to acquire geophysical data more efficiently. Additional information about ION
is available at

About the Houston Zoo

Founded in 1922, the Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that
provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving 1.5 million
guests annually. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to
more than 4,500 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. Operated
by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoo is dedicated to the
conservation of endangered species, the provision of engaging educational
opportunities and the creation of stimulating exhibits that broaden the
experiences of our guests and encourage their curiosity.

ION (Community Affairs)
Director – Corporate Marketing
Kelly Kline, +1 281.468.5224

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