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Grizzly bears are off exhibit this week, through April 20.
The Water Play Park is now open for the season! It is open daily when the ambient temperature is above 70 degrees.
Gorillas are coming back to the Zoo in 2015. Please pardon our mess in the African Forest as we prepare for their arrival.
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
Sunday, April 20, 2014
9:00 Egg Enrichment at Chimps in African Forest
9:30 Egg Enrichment at Lions
10:00 Egg Enrichment at Giant Elands
10:00 Egg Enrichment at Warthogs
10:00 Egg Enrichment at the North American and African Porcupines in the Children’s Zoo
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Egg Enrichment at the McNair Asian Elephant Habitat
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
10:30 Egg Enrichment at Bats in Natural Encounters
10:30 Egg Enrichment at Patas Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
11:00 Egg Enrichment at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
11:00 Story Safari at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Giant Flemish Rabbit Meet and Greet outside Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Natural Encounters: Owl Encounter at BEC Lawn
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Howler Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
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: Red Panda Keeper Talk
1:00 Egg Enrichment at Red Pandas
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
1:30 Egg Enrichment at Spiny Chuckwalla in Reptile House
1:30 Egg Enrichment at Black Breasted Leaf Turtle in Reptile House
1:30 Egg Enrichment at Anegada Island Iguana in Reptile House
1:30 Egg Enrichment at Mongoose in Children’s Zoo
2:00 Sea Lion Intern Chat
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:00 Giant Flemish Rabbit Meet and Greet outside Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
2:30 Egg Enrichment at Fossas
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:00 Egg Enrichment at Meerkats
3:00 Egg Enrichment at Clouded Leopards
3:30 Natural Encounters: Armadillo Encounter at BEC Lawn
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Red-tailed Monkeys and Swamp Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk