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We're renovating the Desert habitat in Natural Encounters; that area of this building, including mole rats and the marine aquarium, are temporarily closed off.

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Safari Studies - Home School Program

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November 15, 2012

Come to a full day of family fun! We will explore 4 different subjects using animals as our guides. Run like a cheetah or draw for conservation, either way you are sure to learn lots with hands-on activities at every turn.
All Ages
November 15, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
$12 Zoo Members
$15 Non-members
*Included in Club H.S. Membership

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Ugandan Orphans Choir Performs

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November 17, 2012

The Houston Zoo is excited to have the Ugandan Orphans Choir perform at the Reflection Pool. This incredible organization’s mission is to promote the need to help children living in third world countries. Please come out to support them! This event is free with your Zoo admission.

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Exclusive Members Zoo Lights Sneak Peek

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November 19, 2012

Special price $5.00 (free for under age 2)

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to be the first to see Zoo Lights! You will be one of the first to see what is sure to become a new holiday tradition in Houston for these two exclusive member nights.

Limited space is available for each night, so purchase your tickets online at before they’re sold out.

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TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is a special event outside of normal operating hours and members do not receive free entry. 10 ticket maximum purchase allowed. Limited space is available per night and tickets are expected to sell out. Tickets purchased valid for day selected only. Event will take place rain or shine. $5.00 admission price is valid November 19 and 20, 2012 only. Members will receive a $2.00 discount during general Zoo Lights operating hours from November 23, January 5, 2012.

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Exclusive Members Zoo Lights Sneak Peek

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November 20, 2012

Special price $5.00 (free for under age 2)

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to be the first to see Zoo Lights! You will be one of the first to see what is sure to become a new holiday tradition in Houston for these two exclusive member nights.

Limited space is available for each night, so purchase your tickets online at before they’re sold out.

GET TICKETS

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is a special event outside of normal operating hours and members do not receive free entry. 10 ticket maximum purchase allowed. Limited space is available per night and tickets are expected to sell out. Tickets purchased valid for day selected only. Event will take place rain or shine. $5.00 admission price is valid November 19 and 20, 2012 only. Members will receive a $2.00 discount during general Zoo Lights operating hours from November 23, January 5, 2012.

Saving Snow Leopards

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November 20, 2012

The Asia Society Texas Center and The Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program present The Conservation Forum Series
Saving Snow Leopards in Central Asia through Innovative Science and Community-Based Action
The Conservation Forum Series is a partnership designed to bring speakers to Houston focusing on environmental and educational topics which highlight some of the world’s most renowned experts in these fields
Date: November 20th, 2012
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm
Speaker event begins at 7:00pm
Location: Asia Society Texas Center Museum

1370 Southmore Blvd-Musem District

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Zoo Lights

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November 23, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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November 24, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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November 25, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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November 26, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Natural Encounters Closing at 4:30 p.m.

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November 27, 2012

Natural Encounters will be closing at 4:30 p.m. today for a private event and will be closed for Zoo Lights as well.

Zoo Lights

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November 27, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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November 28, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Natural Encounters Closing at 4:30 p.m.

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November 29, 2012

Natural Encounters will be closing at 4:30 p.m. today for a private event and will be closed for Zoo Lights as well.

Zoo Lights

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November 29, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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November 30, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Members First Saturday / Member Morning

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December 1, 2012

This month’s Member Morning features Rhinos!
The Houston Zoo is open at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members Only. This will give you the opportunity to view our dedicated staff prepare the zoo for a new day.

During your visit we offer you a chance to hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about a select animal resident or area. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home.
Programs begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Approximate program length is 30 minutes.

Registration is not required. Please bring your membership card and photo ID as usual. Due to early admission, not every animal is available at this time

Point, Click, Zoo!

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December 1, 2012

Adults 18+
Saturday, December 1
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Ever flip through a wildlife magazine and wish your animal pictures could look that good? Planning to come to Photo Day and want some pointers and practice first? Join us as we learn some basics of wildlife photography and take a mini-safari through the Zoo to capture some of our most photogenic animals. This session is for beginners, and a digital or film SLR camera is recommended. Cameras will not be provided.

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Register for Point, Click, Zoo and receive a $5 discount to Photo Day! Discount code will be provided in class.

Red Panda SOS

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December 1, 2012

Join us at the front of Carruth Natural Encounters and the Red Panda Exhibit for Red Panda Spotlight on Species.

Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Houston Zoo in assisting the Red Panda Network’s mission to build awareness for the beautiful endangered red panda (aka firefox) and its habitat – both are disappearing due to human pressures: road building, tree cutting, cattle grazing and many other factors.

Events and Activities:
Games
Meet the Keeper Talks
Enrichment & Training Demos
Face painting & temporary tattoos
Red Panda merchandise for sale

All proceeds raised during our Red Panda Spotlight on Species Weekend will be donated to the Red Panda Network. The Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities by adaptive community-based research, education, and carbon mitigation. Their efforts currently extend to four of the red panda home ranges in Nepal, India, Burma and China.

The Red Panda Network is the only conservation organization solely dedicated to the red panda. Currently they are fundraising in order to train additional ‘forest guardians”, conduct awareness-building programs in schools and continue to expand the protected red panda habitat. Many species that are found within red panda habitat, including the clouded leopard, takins and rare assamese macaques langurs, will benefit from Red Panda Network’s ongoing habitat protection program.

Zoo Lights

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December 1, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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

Thursday July 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 Keeper Talk at Clouded Leopards
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 Great horned owl encounter on the BEC lawn
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Sea Lion Intern Chat
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
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at DeBrazza Guenons in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the keeper: Meerkats at the meerkat exhibit