Free City-Wide Block Party

The Houston Zoo is Bringing Silverbacks
Free city-wide block party

Saturday, March 21
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Houston Food Park
1311 Leeland St.
Houston, TX 77002

The Houston Zoo is Bringing Silverbacks in a BIG way and we want you to celebrate with us! You’ve seen the incredible murals around town celebrating the return of gorillas to the Houston Zoo, and we’re throwing a city-wide block party at one of the murals! Meet the amazing gorilla mural artists, enjoy food from local food trucks*, and learn more about our seven western lowland gorillas and their new Houston Zoo home.

Map of 1131 Leeland St. on Google Maps

Want to do something to help gorillas in the wild while you’re there? Bring a cell phone to recycle and participate in our Action for Apes campaign!

More Information About Action for Apes

*food and beverages available for purchase

Building Closing Early

Saturday, February 28, Natural Encounters will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

Member Morning: Natural Encounters

Members: join us for a free member morning, a benefit just for you!

The Zoo will open one hour early at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members only. See animals just as they come outside for the day, a time of day when they are most active.

You’ll also get a special Meet the Keeper Talk at 8:30 a.m. This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More about Member Mornings and other Members Only Events

African Painted Dog Researcher Peter Blinston

An evening of wine and wild stories of African painted dogs

Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo

African Painted Dog researcher Peter Blinston fell in love with these unique dogs while watching documentaries growing up in his native England. He has been working to protect painted dogs for twelve years now and serves as Managing Director for Painted Dog Conservation.

Join us for an intimate evening of wine and stories of protecting the endangered African Painted Dogs in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

More Information and Registration

Save a Turtle Saturday

Visit the Zoo during this special event to learn how the Houston Zoo works to save turtles around the world, and find out how you can make a difference to your local turtles. Save a Turtle Saturday focuses on the threats and dangers facing marine and land-based turtles around the world.

During Save a Turtle Saturday, guests and children can participate in a variety of games and activities to learn more about the threats turtles face, and how you can help!

All activities are free with Zoo admission.

Kipp Aquarium renovation

Kipp Aquarium is closed for renovation through March 4 while we begin installation of a brand new 11,000 gallon tank! Meanwhile, see the sea life – jellies, piranha, coral reef and more – in Natural Encounters.

Educator Workshop: Boost Your Budget

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Minimal classroom funding? Spending your own money in your classroom? Join us for a day dedicated to utilizing and making the most of low cost supplies. In this workshop, explore the world of paper goods to design and create interactive classroom activities such as shoebox science stations, paper foldables, and bag sorters.

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Teen Career Conference

Ages 12+
Sunday, January 25, 2015
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Gain insight into animal-related career fields directly from Zoo staff and learn how to get involved through volunteer and internship opportunities at the Houston Zoo. Includes brief presentations by Zoo staff members and representatives from colleges and universities with animal-related fields of study. Light refreshments will be provided.

More Information and Registration