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Alerts

On Saturday, September 6, the Houston Zoo will close early at 5:30 p.m. for a private event. Last entry at 4:30 p.m.

The Wildlife Carousel will be closed through Saturday, August 30, for repairs and maintenance.

Spotlight on Species: Spiders

May 17, 2014 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Poor spiders! They seem to be at or near the top of most folks’ list of creepy crawly icky things. Though they are often thought of as pests, they are in fact nature’s pest control, eating many bugs that bug us or our crops! Find out some cool facts about spiders at this Spotlight on Species. We’ll have some exotic species of spiders on exhibit for you to see. Over at the craft table, kids can contribute strands of yarn to a spider ”web” that will grow throughout the day! Also get the scoop about two new bug additions to the zoo that are coming soon: our Bug House insectarium and the Extreme Bugs giant animatronic exhibit this summer.
 
Location: In front of the Swap Shop in the McGovern Children’s Zoo
 
Schedule of Featured Animals
9:30-10:00 Family Feud: Brown Widow, Black Widow
10:00-11:00 Spiders in Texas: Black Widow, Huntsman, Spitting Spider, Texas Brown Tarantula
11:00-12:00 Exceptional Beauty: Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula, Mexican Redleg Tarantula
12:00-1:00 Natural Pest Control: Green Lynx Spiders, Spitting Spider
1:00-2:00 The World’s Largest Spider Species: Goliath Birdeater Tarantula
2:00-3:00 Scorpions: Desert Hairy Scorpion, Emperor Scorpion
3:00-3:30 Comparing Spiders and Scorpions: Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula, Desert Hairy Scorpion


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

Saturday, August 30, 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 Birds
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 Sea Lions
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Cougar Training
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
1:00 Natural Encounters: Meet the Keeper Talk at Meerkats
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Lion Boardwalk
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 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Mandrills in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Tortoise Encounter on the BEC Lawn