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Contact Development at 713.533.6819 or development@houstonzoo.org

The Houston Zoo Ambassadors is a growing group of young professionals and philanthropists who are actively seeking opportunities to connect and engage with the Zoo’s mission. Annual memberships are $500 and include exclusive invitations to the Ambassadors Gala, cocktail receptions and family events at the Zoo. We strive to bring our membership closer to the life of the Zoo through fun, educational experiences that inspire leadership and support.

Ambassadors  Annual Membership: $500

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If you have any questions or if you prefer to join Ambassadors by phone, please contact Sara Wise at 713-533-6716 or swise@houstonzoo.org.


Ambassadors will receive the following membership benefits:

  • Unlimited complimentary regular Zoo admission for one year with exclusive use of the Members’ Express entrance  – for 2 named adults and up to 8 guests OR one named adult and up to 9 guests.
  • Two complimentary tickets to the annual Ambassadors Gala
  • Invitations for two to exclusive Ambassadors events throughout the year (4 events per year; household children invited to family events)
  • Discounted admission to the Zoo’s annual Feast with the Beasts event (Presale begins in September of each year)
  • Priority registration for Camp Zoofari (for children within the household)
  • Kid Keeper privilege – enables you to send your children to the Zoo with an adult caregiver*
  • 15% discount in the Houston Zoo Gift Shop
  • Notification of Zoo news and events via regular Ambassadors E-News
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 150 zoos across the nation

But wait! There’s more!

  • Six additional guests (for a total of 16 possible attendees) to Zoobilee, the Zoo’s annual member appreciation event
  • Subscription to Wildlife magazine for one year
  • Access to the Monthly Member Morning presentations
  • Discounts on education programs including Wild Wheels and Zoo Yoga
  • Eligibility for the Zoo’s international travel program with special Zoo rates

*The Kid Keeper must present your membership card at the Members’ Express entrance for free admission.

Save the Date for our Upcoming Events

Ask the Keeper Cocktail Event
Friday, September 26
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ambassadors Winter Gala
Saturday, February 21- Details coming soon!

Ambassadors Winter Gala

The Houston Zoo Ambassadors host an annual Winter Gala in February that is open to members and guests and all proceeds from the Gala support the Zoo’s animal care, education and conservation programs. The event attracts over 300 guests and sponsors for a fantastic evening of food and drink from Houston’s finest eateries as well as unforgettable animal experiences at the Zoo. Every year, 10-20 Houston establishments generously donate their food and drinks for this special event. This relaxed, unique evening includes an auction and amazing animal experiences, making it one of the most anticipated annual events at the Zoo for our Ambassadors members and guests.

Ambassadors Support the Zoo’s Core Programs

  • Animal Care: Your membership in Ambassadors strengthens the Zoo’s ability to provide naturalistic habitats, nutritious meals, veterinary care, and enrichment activities for more than 6,000 animal residents.
  • Conservation: Ambassadors members support the continued success of the Zoo’s critical conservation programs, both locally and internationally, to protect wildlife and vanishing wild places.
  • Education: The Zoo strives to ignite in all people a passion for learning and conservation through on-site and school-based programming.
  • Community Access: Contributions made through Ambassadors help the Zoo offer access to schoolchildren and families in the Houston region.

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Houston Zoo Ambassadors is generously sponsored by Bank of America

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