Local Snakes – Spotlight on Species

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Inside the Reptile House

Join us on Saturday, May 23 in the Reptile House to find out all about local Houston-area snakes. Get a safe, up close look at local snakes in tanks we’ll bring out just for this event. Myths and misconceptions abound when it comes to snakes, so come and learn the truth about them. What should you do if you find a snake in your yard, or in the wild? How are snakes an important part of our environment? Experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions!

This event is free with your paid zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

Chimps off exhibit

Chimpanzees are off exhibit for a few days while we are enhancing their exhibit. They will be out again soon!

Comicpalooza’s Here for May the Fourth

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

May the Fourth is a popular day to celebrate all things Star Wars, as a wordplay on the phrase “May the Force Be With You.” Bring the family out to the Houston Zoo to celebrate May the 4th with the Comicpalooza Street Team! Your favorite Star Wars characters will be there to take pictures, give high fives, and have mini light saber battles. We will have special prizes for the little padawans. Come in costume for even more fun!

Comicpalooza is “Texas’ Largest Comic and Pop Culture Event.” Find out more at Comicpalooza.com.


Spotlight on Species: Otters

Join us for a special day featuring this water-loving small mammal! Otters live nearby in Texas rivers as well as marshes around the world, from icy arctic lakes to tropical wetlands. These intelligent creatures are primitive tool users, known to crack open a tasty shellfish by balancing it on their bellies and tapping it with a rock. The sad news is, otters in many areas are in decline due to habitat loss and water pollution.

Come out and find out more cool facts about otters, and what you can do to help them in the wild. Meet otter keepers and see our resident Asian small-clawed otters and North American river otters. More details will be provided closer to this event.

This event is free with your paid Zoo admission, and is free for Zoo members.

Ape Gallery closing early

Tuesday, April 26, the Great Ape Gallery (gorilla and chimp indoor viewing) will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

Zoo closed April 18

For the safety of our staff and guests, the Houston Zoo will be closed today, April 18, due to the severity of the storms. All zoo animals are safe and riding out the storm in their barns and night houses.

Gorillas opening late

Saturday, April 16, the Gorilla side of the Great Ape Gallery will open late at 10:15 and close early at 4:30 due to a private event. Also our Trading Post refreshment cafe in the African Forest will close early at 1 p.m.

Jaguars closing early

Tuesday, April 19, the Jaguar habitat area will close early at 5 p.m. for a private event.

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