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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.

The week's events
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Dec 2, '12

Red Panda SOS

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December 2, 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 2, 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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Dec 3, '12

Zoo Lights

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December 3, 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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Dec 4, '12

Free Admission in the Afternoon

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December 4, 2012

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

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December 4, 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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Dec 5, '12

Zoo Lights

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December 5, 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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Dec 6, '12

Wild Wheels

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December 6, 2012

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.

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December 6, 2012

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

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December 6, 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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Dec 7, '12

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

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December 7, 2012

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

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December 7, 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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Dec 8, '12

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

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December 8, 2012

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

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December 8, 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 August 28, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Anegada Island Iguana in The Reptile House
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
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 Carnivores
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:30 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
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Howlers in Wortham World of Primates
3:30 Natural Encounters: Owl Encounter at BEC Lawn
4:00 Natural Encounters: Animal Encounter at Indoor Porch