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.

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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.

Twiga closing early

Friday, April 8, Twiga Cafe in the African Forest will close early at 5:30 for a private event.

West Gate Open Today

Our Medical Center entrance on Cambridge is open this afternoon, to enhance the convenience of our guests during our Free Afternoon.

Horticulture Tour – Postponed

The Horticulture Tour is postponed due to forecast of extreme weather. We will share the new date soon!

Gates open at 7:30 a.m.; tour begins at 8 a.m.

The Houston Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals, but did you know that it also has a vast variety of exotic, tropical, and native plants and trees? Join Anna Land, Supervisor of Horticulture at the Houston Zoo, as she leads an intimate stroll across Zoo grounds, highlighting the many species of plant life flourishing in our 55 acres.

A continental breakfast and all-day access to the Zoo are included.

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The rings are in! Shasta stands watch to guard rings for students at University of Houston.

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Beth BanksOk...I am old enough to remember when Shasta was alive and well, strolling around campus! Needless to say, she was beautiful to see each morning!

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David RaffettoThis really is a cool tradition. Thanks, Houston Zoo!

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Patty PeErik I want my ring in there soon 😫

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Amanda FloresWish I was there to witness it

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Stacey SandersOklahoma gonna take those rings come week 1!!!

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Eliseoo HdzThis is dumb but oh well

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Ryan AvCheryl Love Avina we need to go see Shasta!

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Jessica FernandezI wish they started this in Fall 2010 not summer 2011.

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Kandi Blalock ClarkKimberly Brown, I thought this was pretty cool. They have a sign all about UH at the zoo.

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Denise NelsonLove these college tradition. Got my MEd there

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Nallely ContrerasLariza Contreras soon your ring will be there :)

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Julie CooperCan someone explain about the rings for us English folk please xx

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Celeste MarquezOur rings are supposed to be in there 😭😭 Jesus Aguilar we are such procrastinators.

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Amanda BlankeHow cool is this Mary?! Love it!!

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Shannon RaffettoGo Coogs!!

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Leo N CandiceWill she be protecting them all weekend so that we can go and see

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Kloe WoosleyRyan Woosley you're lucky Beaumont is closer :p I would die to be a cougar.

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Donna S. GuerreroWhat a beautiful cat !! ❤️

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Beatriz Medina-LaresTanya Torres is your ring in here???

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Jaime FrancoAnybody got pics of this?

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Davi Case GarzaEsther Garza check out Shasta!

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Austin VaughnYay Shasta!

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Ronnie LeeI totally want to pet shasta. :o

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Jennifer DailyEva, check it out!

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Our pair of elderly male African painted dogs were excited to meet their new pack-mates, three female dogs that recently moved to Houston from a zoo in the UK! Check out the video and learn more about the new group here: www.houstonzoo.org/endangered-wild-dogs-form-new-pack/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Cathryn GaborLet's protect this spectacular endangered species! Fundraiser on May 3 in Houston benefiting Painted Dog Conservation. Thank you Houston Zoo!

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Emilee MayberryI've never even seen them moving! They are always sleeping in the same spot. Maybe these new girls will revitalize the pack :)

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Lilian CorriganIt's cool to see them so active. Whenever we visit the zoo they are usually just laying around.

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Linda TidswellSure hope they weren't moved here because they mate then kill their mates😂

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Michelle MungerThey were sleeping when I was there.

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Patricia TamézBlaze and Mikita have new friends!

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Austin VaughnAww! Look at those precious puppies!

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De'jon BaptisteI love dogs

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Megan ConnerHunter Wayne Mattocks I figured out what Harper is mixed with

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Ashley NicholeJamie these are awesome

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Michelle Wheatley PajakRobin Roxburgh Kellogg 😄😄yay!! Makes me happy!

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Lori Miller SouderGorgeous animals!!!

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