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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.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with some of your favorite animals! This week’s Cool Night features a brass band and Uncle Sam like you’ve never seen him before – on stilts! Guests can race their way to the finish line with our patriotic sack races, embark on a scavenger hunt to a few of our red, white or blue animals and march in a Patriotic Parade with Uncle Sam and wave their personally-created American flags. We will also host special Meet the Keeper Talks with the red panda, bald eagle and American alligator.
After attending Cool Nights, head across the street to Miller Outdoor Theatre to enjoy an evening with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony listening to patriotic, toe-tapping American music. Make sure to stay until the end for the 1812 Overture—complete with booming cannons! This celebration concludes with a magnificent display of fireworks provided by Miller Theatre Advisory Board.
More Info About Cool Nights
Thursday December 18, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bug House in 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)
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Jaguars
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Snake touch animal on the porch in Natural Encounters
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)
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Mongoose exhibit in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:15 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo for a Roadrunner Chat
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at DeBrazza’s guenons in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meerkat keepers chat at the Meerkat exhibit