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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.

June 8, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

Celebrate the African painted dog during our annual Dog Days of Summer! Find out how the Zoo is protecting one of Africa’s rarest carnivores from extinction, and learn what you can do to help. Catch one of the Keeper Talks at the painted dog habitat, meet the keepers that care for these dogs each day, and find out some cool facts about their behavior. See the dogs receive a special enrichment treat and activity in their habitat! Kids can make their own “snare wire” sculptures using pipe cleaners in our craft area. We’ll also have paw print magnets and snare wire art for sale while supplies last!
 
This amazing carnivore species is known for its unique social organization, vocalizations and hunting structure. Poaching is one of many challenges this animal faces, and it has had a serious impact on their populations. The Houston Zoo partners with conservationists in Africa to help save painted dogs by developing special radio tracking collars that can protect dogs caught in wire traps in the wild. The Zoo also sells sculptures made with this wire once used to trap the dogs.
 
Schedule of Activities
10:00-2:00 Kids’ craft area ongoing near the African Painted Dog habitat
10:00 Keeper Talk at African Painted Dogs
11:30 Enrichment Demonstration – see the dogs receive a special treat!
1:30 Keeper Talk at African Painted Dogs

World Oceans Day

Come and make a splash by learning about the big blue and its residents during this event. The Houston Zoo will have fun ocean and aquatic animal themed games, activities, and keeper chats. Also, meet Ariel and Prince Eric from the Houston premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid presented by Theatre Under The Stars from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 


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

Tuesday September 16, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Anegada Island Iguana in The Reptile House
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Natural Encounters: Tamandua Encounter at Indoor Porch
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 Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Clouded Leopard cubs
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: TXU Energy Meerkat Keeper Talk
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 Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk