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Just a friendly reminder that there is no Zoo Boo on October 31. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
With the time change, we will shift to winter hours. Starting Sunday, November 2, The Houston Zoo will close at 6 p.m., last entry at 5 p.m.
On Friday, November 7, the Zoo will close early for Feast With the Beasts. Last entry at 2 p.m., closing at 3 p.m.
The following areas will be closing early for private events:
Jaguars – Saturday, November 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the African painted dog during our annual Dog Days of Summer! Find out how the Zoo is protecting one of Africa’s rarest carnivores from extinction, and learn what you can do to help. Catch one of the Keeper Talks at the painted dog habitat, meet the keepers that care for these dogs each day, and find out some cool facts about their behavior. See the dogs receive a special enrichment treat and activity in their habitat! Kids can make their own ”snare wire” sculptures using pipe cleaners in our craft area. We’ll also have paw print magnets and snare wire art for sale while supplies last!
This amazing carnivore species is known for its unique social organization, vocalizations and hunting structure. Poaching is one of many challenges this animal faces, and it has had a serious impact on their populations. The Houston Zoo partners with conservationists in Africa to help save painted dogs by developing special radio tracking collars that can protect dogs caught in wire traps in the wild. The Zoo also sells sculptures made with this wire once used to trap the dogs.
Schedule of Activities
10:00-2:00 Kids’ craft area ongoing near the African Painted Dog habitat
10:00 Keeper Talk at African Painted Dogs
11:30 Enrichment Demonstration – see the dogs receive a special treat!
1:30 Keeper Talk at African Painted Dogs
Today’s Meet the Keeper Talks & Grounds Programming:
Friday October 31, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Anaconda in the Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bug House in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
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 Keeper Talk at Tiger window
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 on the Bats at Natural Encounters
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Fox exhibit in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bug House in the Children’s Zoo
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Mongoose exhibit in the Children’s Zoo
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Howler monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meerkat keeper chat at the Meerkat yard