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Join us for these fun-filled Friday nights!

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late until 8:30 p.m., last entry in at 7:30 p.m., so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening through August 21. From 5 to 8 p.m. guests can enjoy added music and kid-friendly activities that are sure to entertain kids and adults alike! All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo Members.

August 21: Super Summer Send-Off!
Calling all superheroes! We invite you to wear your favorite superhero costume and join us for the last Cool Nights of the season where you will learn how YOU can be a Conservation Hero. “Swim” through the Turtle Excluder Device (TED) and learn how to save sea turtles, run in the Race to Recycle and learn how to save black bears, and meet with Zoo volunteers to learn how you can help save orangutans. Did you you know? Simply by visiting the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild!

You can also test your speed and agility in our ZOO-mazing obstacle course and meet a few heroes of the Houston Zoo – our Zookeepers! This night’s Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66 include a chat with the elephants at 6:00 p.m., the Hercules beetle and leaf cutter ants at 6:30 p.m., and the fruit bats in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo at 7:00 p.m.

Plus, back by popular demand, Zoovie Nights at the Zoo returns this night with the showing of Big Hero 6. Arrive at the Zoo before 8:30 p.m. to have plenty of time to visit the animals, and then put down your blanket and settle in to watch this superhero favorite. It’s movie-watching like never before – on a giant screen surrounded by thousands of animals!

Please note at 8:30 p.m. all guests will be required to either enter Masihara Pavilion to watch the movie at 8:45 p.m. or leave the Zoo. Roaming the Zoo during the movie is not permitted. All guests will be escorted to the exit gates at the end of the film.

Blankets are welcomed but will not be provided. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase at the Herzstein Trading Post until 10 p.m.

Save $4 After 4 p.m.

Cool Nights are even cooler with a discount! From May 23 through September 30, Zoo guests can save $4 per adult and child admission ticket when you purchase these special online-only tickets and visit the Zoo after 4 p.m.

Click the button to purchase your discounted tickets and save $4 after 4:00!

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TXUE_logoTXU Energy is one of the Houston Zoo’s strongest partners, supporting our many programs and the care and feeding of the Houston Zoo’s 6,000 animals. Thanks to TXU Energy, the animals receive popsicles and other cool treats all summer long. And, TXU Energy has a treat for you, too! Call 866-CALL-TXU or visit the TXU Energy website to learn about TXU Energy Free Mornings & EveningsSM and all their innovative products that can save you energy and money!