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Gorillas are coming back to the Zoo in 2015. Please pardon our mess in the African Forest as we prepare for their arrival.

On Friday, April 25, Twiga Cafe will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

The Water Play Park will be closed M - F April 28 - May 2 for construction to make this area even nicer for Zoo guests.

January 19, 2014


Peter and the Wolf presented by ROCO and IACT

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) and InterActive Theater Company return to the Houston Zoo on Sunday, January 19 for three afternoon performances of the revered children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf. Presented by Martha Turner Properties, the interactive concert is free with zoo admission.

Sunday, January 19
2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Houston Zoo Brown Education Center Auditorium
Seating is limited at this popular event, so please arrive early.

Question? Contact James Rowland, james@rocohouston.org, 713-665-2700

The story was originally intended to “cultivate musical tastes in children from the first years of school” and has delighted children for generations. An ensemble of ROCO musicians will play Prokofiev’s composition while actors from InterActive Theater Company narrate and act out the story. These performances will be part of a program that promotes understanding of Wolf Conservation.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) is a professional chamber orchestra of 40 all-star musicians, distinguished guest conductors and dynamic composers who come together from all over the world to present engaging performances of classical and original compositions. Founded in 2005 by oboist, Alecia Lawyer, ROCO is the most fun you can have with serious music.

The InterActive Theater Company was founded in 1998 in response to a growing need for family theater and arts programming in Houston. InterActive Theater Company is Houston’s most engaging theater experience for family audiences, especially kids aged 5-13.


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Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks

 Thursday April 24, 2014

10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
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 Lion 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 Natural Encounters: Snake Encounter at the Drylands Exhibit
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 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Natural Encounters: African grey parrot keeper chat on the BEC Lawn
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Mandrills in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat keeper chat at the Meerkat Exhibit