Saving Wildlife Expo

The Houston Zoo is partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Network to host an all-day conservation event here at the Zoo. Conservation leaders will speak about how they are working to save lions, tapirs, native Texas animals, zebras and sharks and rays at this full-day event.

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Zoo Closed January 19

The Houston Zoo is closed Thursday, January 19, due to hazardous weather conditions.

Zoo Ball 2017 – An Aquatic Affair

The Houston Zoo is the place to be this spring when we explore the limitless wonders of Earth’s oceans at the annual Zoo Ball! Zoo Ball 2017 will celebrate The Enchantment of Sea Life while raising valuable support for the mission of the Houston Zoo.

This annual affair is a springtime celebration like no other. The black-tie evening will feature animal ambassadors, live and silent auctions, a seated dinner, and dancing to the tunes of IDT Band.

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Family Nature Club

Where: Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, Humble
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per family

Are you ready to get outside and explore nature? We will be visiting wild places around Houston to play and engage your family with our natural surroundings. Book your family for our next event and each child will receive a free gift with your registration!

Our January event will be at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. This beautiful park has various hiking trails and is home to many wild animals. Spend a day out in nature playing and enjoying all that Jones Park has to offer!

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west gate open Monday

Monday, January 16, our Medical Center Gate will be open. We will have shuttles running to offsite parking at the South Extension lot for your added convenience.

Planting for Pollinators!

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Activities and games in the Children’s Zoo outside the Swap Shop

Do you like eating chocolate, fruit, and ice cream? You have pollinators to thank for these foods and more! Pollinators help plants complete their life-cycle by moving pollen from one plant to another.

Visit the Houston Zoo on Monday, January 16 to learn the importance of pollinators, and how the Zoo, and YOU, can help protect them right here in your own backyard! There will be games and activities for all guests to enjoy, plus enjoy double points at the Naturally Wild Swap Shop for pollinator reports turned in on this day.

Thanks to the support of the NFL, Verizon, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, and Trees for Houston, two new pollinator gardens will be planted throughout the Zoo to continue our efforts to help protect these important animals.

At 10 a.m., representatives from the Zoo, NFL, Verizon, and the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, and Trees for Houston, along with the Houston Texans cheerleaders and team mascot TORO, will host a brief program to unveil and dedicate these gardens. Join us at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone to start the presentation, followed by a “parade” to the new pollinator garden located near the giraffe barn.

This free event is included in your paid Houston Zoo admission and is free for Zoo Members.

Recycling Rally

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the Zoo’s Medical Center Entrance (not our main entrance)

Join the Houston Zoo, the NFL, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, Verizon, and SHI for a Recycling Rally on Saturday, January 21. Bring your unwanted electronics and small appliances from home to support the Recycling Rally and help save animals in the wild!

When you recycle your unused handheld electronics, the materials in those devices can be reused, which reduces the need to get new materials from mines in Central Africa, home to animals like chimpanzees, gorillas, okapis, and mandrills.

Our Medical Center Entrance is on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital. It provides convenient drop-off access for your recyclables (there is no parking at this gate).

Here’s a full list of items you can recycle on January 21:
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• Laptop computers*
• Desktop computers*
• LCD and CRT computer monitors
• Televisions
• Computer cables, mice & keyboards
• Gaming consoles
• Telephones & answering machines
• Stereo & audio equipment
• Paper shredders
• Alarm clocks
• Printers
• Cameras
• Conferencing equipment
• Remote controls
• Earphones
• Small electronic appliances (coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens, can openers, etc.)
• Electronic toys
• Cell phones and accessories**
• Vacuums

* Hard drives will not be wiped
** Cell phones, cell phone batteries and accessories will be donated to HopeLine.

Peter and the Wolf presented by ROCO and IACT

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) and InterActive Theater Company return to the Houston Zoo on Sunday, January 15 for three afternoon performances of the revered children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf.

The interactive concert is free with your zoo admission or membership.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Houston Zoo – Brown Education Center Auditorium

Seating is limited at this popular event, so please arrive early.

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Its a beautiful and sunny day at the Zoo! Check out our giraffes soaking up some rays, live on our webcam.

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Christin Maciel MooreIs a bigger giraffe enclosure a possibility in the future? It's just so small in comparison to some if the other amazing habitats the other animals have. Love the zoo and all y'all do to try and help.

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Monica HernandezEstela Claros chirris need a fb so she can watch the giraffes all the time 🙊🙊


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Linda KavWhy did the zebras leave? They all got along so well. I miss them in with the giraffes and ostrichs.

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Ted-Lou RanchMy favorite animal!! Please, a much larger enclosure!!


Alyssa SobrevillaGilberto Cardenas I really want to see the Giraffes & feed them😭 We should go babe?


Helen FrietchWatch the animal cams all the time. Thanks for providing the opportunity to watch them.


Elizabeth Anne FloodThank you for sharing this post. Looks like they are enjoying the sun,

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Casey McaninchOh my goodness I love these giraffes

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Lori FitzgeraldLove your zoo cams!

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Tasha BhagwandinAlexis this should be us


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Charles KnieriemenWhat isn't the Elephants web cam on the mobile website?


Miguel TrevinoLook bad out dry but not pretty dumb


Gilberto CardenasNext week we can go

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Paul BadyLol so cute


Kayla SmithAshton Phantasma Jacobsen EEEE! We have to go back soon!

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Jana Lynn ConklinKinsey babies!

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