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Alerts

Grizzly bears are off exhibit this week, through April 20.

The Water Play Park is now open for the season! It is open daily when the ambient temperature is above 70 degrees.

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

Events in December 2012

  • December 1, 2012 - Members First Saturday / Member Morning and 3 other events

    Members First Saturday / Member Morning

    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!

    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

    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

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 2, 2012 - Red Panda SOS and 1 other event

    Red Panda SOS

    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

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 3, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 4, 2012 - Free Admission in the Afternoon and 1 other event

    Free Admission in the Afternoon

    The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 2 p.m. until closing. Please note that our Free Afternoon applies to regular Zoo admission and does not include Zoo Lights.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 5, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 6, 2012 - Wild Wheels and 2 other events

    Wild Wheels

    Enjoy an adventure in the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler as we explore the habitats of the world. We’ll meet outside the front entrance by the gift shop and “stroll” together through a particular part of the Zoo. Our trek will conclude with a touchable animal encounter and a hand or footprint craft to take home. Individuals and parent groups welcome!

    Get your tickets for Wild Wheels at the gate the morning of the program.
    Members: $9 per child, adults are free

    Non-Members: $22 per child (includes 1 adult admission)
    $9 per additional child
    $13 per additional adult

    Natural Encounters and Reptiles Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

    On December 6th, the Natural Encounters building and the Reptiles and Amphibians building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for private events.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 7, 2012 - Kipp Aquarium and Natural Encounters Closing at 4:30 p.m. and 1 other event

    Kipp Aquarium and Natural Encounters Closing at 4:30 p.m.

    On December 7th, the Kipp Aquarium building and the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for private events.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 8, 2012 - Jaguar Exhibit and Reptile Building Closing at 4:30 p.m. and 1 other event

    Jaguar Exhibit and Reptile Building Closing at 4:30 p.m.

    On December 8th, the Jaguar Exhibit and the Reptiles and Amphibians Building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for private events.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 9, 2012 - Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m. and 1 other event

    Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

    On December 9th, the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 10, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 11, 2012 - Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m. and 1 other event

    Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

    On December 11th, the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 12, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 13, 2012 - Kipp Aquarium Closing Early at 4:30 p.m. and 1 other event

    Kipp Aquarium Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 14, 2012 - Reptiles & Amphibians Closing Early at 4:30 p.m. and 1 other event

    Reptiles & Amphibians Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 15, 2012 - Kipp Aquarium Closing Early at 4:00 p.m. and 2 other events

    Kipp Aquarium Closing Early at 4:00 p.m.

    Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

    On December 15th, the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 16, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 17, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 18, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 19, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 20, 2012 - League City Chili's Clouded Leopard Conservation Night and 1 other event

    League City Chili's Clouded Leopard Conservation Night

    Print out this flyer and bring it with you to the League City Chili’s on Wednesday December 19th. 10% of your ticket will be donated to the Bornean Clouded Leopard Programme. You can come in anytime they’re open on Wednesday from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 21, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 22, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 23, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 24, 2012 - Zoo Closing Early on Christmas Eve

    Zoo Closing Early on Christmas Eve

    The Houston Zoo will be closing early on December 24th at 3:00 p.m. with the last admission at 2:00 p.m.

  • December 25, 2012 - Christmas Day - Zoo Closed During the Day - Open for Zoo Lights and 1 other event

     

    Christmas Day - Zoo Closed During the Day - Open for Zoo Lights

    The Houston Zoo will be closed during the day on December 25th, but join us in the evening for Zoo Lights!

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 26, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 27, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 28, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 29, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 30, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

  • December 31, 2012 - Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    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.

    Learn More

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Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks
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 Wednesday April 16, 2014

10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
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 the Aquarium
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Black bears
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: Parrot keeper talk on the BEC Lawn
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Natural Encounters: Southern three-banded armadillo encounter on the BEC Lawn
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 Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
3:30 Natural Encounters: Meerkat keeper talk at the Meerkat Exhibit
4:00 Natural Encounters: Tortoise encounter on the BEC Lawn