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The Houston Zoo will close early on Christmas eve (last entry 2 p.m., close at 3 p.m.) and will be closed on Christmas Day.
A few buildings will be closed on various nights starting at 4:00 p.m. for holiday parties. Check the TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights webpage for the complete list.
It’s International Orangutan Caring Week! Learn about orangutans and their rainforest habitat at the Houston Zoo. International Orangutan Caring Week is observed globally from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17. The Houston Zoo’s primate staff will conduct a Meet the Keeper Talk at the Wortham World of Primates orangutan habitat daily at 3:30 p.m.
Plus, visit our booth at the orangutan exhibit on the weekend of November 9-10 and shop for painted magnets, photo note cards, orangutan painted jewelry and many other items to raise funds to protect them in the wild. We will have available the beautiful one-of-a-kind orangutan-painted Christmas ornaments, that can only be purchased once a year at this event.
This year we are debuting our own Houston Zoo’s orangutan painted sun catchers. Our orangutans have painted beveled pieces of glass and then keeper add beads to make beautiful one-of-a kind sun catchers.
The staff will have activities for children to participate in — they will be able to try on an orangutan sized sweater to see how they measure up! Kids can also color paper leaves which we will send as a thank you to companies that are committed to using orangutan-friendly (100% RSPO sustainable) palm oil by 2015.
All proceeds from Orangutan Caring Week sales will support the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project that helps orangutan and elephant conservation projects in Indonesia.
Find Out More About Orangutans in the Wild
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Anaconda in the Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk in the Bug House
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00 Story Safari at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Aquarium
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Green-Winged Macaw Encounter on the porch
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:00 Tarantula Encounter in the Swap Shop
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World