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Alerts

We're renovating our concessions at Cypress Circle. Look for many other refreshment options at Macaw Cafe, Twiga Cafe and at carts and kiosks around the zoo.

Wednesday, September 17, Kipp Aquarium will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

Saturday, September 20, Twiga Cafe will close early at 5:00 for a private event.

Monday, September 22, Carruth Natural Encounters will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

Spotlight on Species: Spiders

May 17, 2014 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Poor spiders! They seem to be at or near the top of most folks’ list of creepy crawly icky things. Though they are often thought of as pests, they are in fact nature’s pest control, eating many bugs that bug us or our crops! Find out some cool facts about spiders at this Spotlight on Species. We’ll have some exotic species of spiders on exhibit for you to see. Over at the craft table, kids can contribute strands of yarn to a spider ”web” that will grow throughout the day! Also get the scoop about two new bug additions to the zoo that are coming soon: our Bug House insectarium and the Extreme Bugs giant animatronic exhibit this summer.
 
Location: In front of the Swap Shop in the McGovern Children’s Zoo
 
Schedule of Featured Animals
9:30-10:00 Family Feud: Brown Widow, Black Widow
10:00-11:00 Spiders in Texas: Black Widow, Huntsman, Spitting Spider, Texas Brown Tarantula
11:00-12:00 Exceptional Beauty: Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula, Mexican Redleg Tarantula
12:00-1:00 Natural Pest Control: Green Lynx Spiders, Spitting Spider
1:00-2:00 The World’s Largest Spider Species: Goliath Birdeater Tarantula
2:00-3:00 Scorpions: Desert Hairy Scorpion, Emperor Scorpion
3:00-3:30 Comparing Spiders and Scorpions: Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula, Desert Hairy Scorpion


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Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks
TIMES ARE UPDATED EVERY MORNING

Monday September 15, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Madagascar-big-headed-turtle in the Reptile House
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
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: Mole-rat Encounter at Indoor Drylands
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage 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
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sifaka in Wortham World of Primates
3:30 Natural Encounters: Snake encounter at Indoor Rainforest
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk