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Alerts

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.

The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is closed this weekend for maintenance.

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.

July 19, 2014

National Zookeeper Week Kickoff

Kick off National Zookeeper Week on Saturday as we celebrate keepers at the Houston Zoo! We’ll have ongoing events at a table opposite the meerkat exhibit as well as throughout the zoo – see the schedule below for all the action! Find out what it takes to be a zookeeper, and hear about the work and fun they experience every day. Watch how keepers get creative to provide stimulating enrichment for zoo animals, and talk with keepers who have done hands-on conservation work with animals in the wild.
 
National Zookeeper Week – table opposite Meerkats
 
9 – 10 a.m. Get the Details on Komodo Dragons
10 – 11 a.m. Featuring Panamanian Frogs
11 – 12 p.m. Let’s Talk Turtles
12 – 1 p.m. Double Conservation Hour: Coral Restoration in the Florida Keys and the Niassa Lion Project
1 – 2 p.m. How the Houston Zoo is Saving the Endangered Attwater Prairie Chicken
2 – 3 p.m. All About Houston Toads and Howler Monkeys
 
National Zookeeper Week Talks Around the Zoo
 
10 a.m. Deer Training and Care – at the deer yard in the Children’s Zoo
10:30 a.m. How to Be a Reptile & Amphibian Keeper – in the Reptile House
11 a.m. Meet the Rhino Keeper Talk – at rhinos in the African Forest
1:30 p.m. Keepers Provide Enrichment – at the mongoose habitat in the Children’s Zoo
2 p.m. Meet a Giraffe Keeper – at the giraffe habitat
3:30 p.m. How to Train a Mandrill – at mandrills in the Wortham World of Primates
 
Today’s Full Schedule of Meet the Keeper Talks

Wombat Weekend Presented by Outback Steakhouse

On Saturday and Sunday, July 19 & 20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. we’re celebrating the newest addition to the Houston Zoo – the wombat! Help us welcome our newest cuddly creature to her new home during Wombat Weekend Presented by Outback Steakhouse. We’ll have fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! All activities are included with Zoo admission.


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

Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at 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)
11:00 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 Small Cat Row
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 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
1:00 Meerkat Chill-out
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Guenon Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meerkat Keeper Chat at the Meerkat Exhibit