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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 August 2013

  • August 1, 2013 - Lionfish Collection and Handling Workshop

    Lionfish Collection and Handling Workshop

    All divers, fishers, and ocean enthusiasts are encouraged to attend this lionfish workshop from Reef, an active organzation of divers and marine enthusiasts committed to ocean conservation. Funded by a grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Keri Kenning and Lad Akins will be traveling to twenty cities throughout the South East United States to teach lionfish collecting and handling workshops. Workshop topics include background of the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development, and ways to get involved.

    Workshops are free of charge and open to the public, but registration is required.
    Visit www.reef.org to register.
    Questions? E-mail reefhq@reef.org or call 305-852-0030

  • August 2, 2013 - TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: Wild About Water!

    TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: Wild About Water!

    Make a splash at Cool Nights this Friday as we celebrate “Wild About Water!” This week kids can go fishing, play bean bag toss and learn about the importance of marine conservation. Don’t forget your swimsuit because THIS FRIDAY ONLY the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park will be open for extended hours, until 7:30!

    Guests can also sing and dance along with Tom’s Fun Band and enjoy an exciting ice-sculpting performance by Reverend Butter. Want to learn more about the chimpanzees and a few of our aquatic animals? Join us for special Meet the Keeper Talks at the chimpanzees at 6 p.m. and the Kipp Aquarium at 6:30 p.m.

    As always, all Cool Nights activities begin at 5 p.m. and are included in your Zoo admission and FREE for Zoo Members.

  • August 3, 2013 - Member Morning: Special Children's Zoo Meet the Keeper Talk and 1 other event

    Member Morning: Special Children's Zoo Meet the Keeper Talk

    Spotlight on Species: Painted Dogs

    On Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, join us at the African painted dog exhibit for a very special Spotlight on Species, included in your Zoo admission.

    There will be fun activities, keeper chats, and opportunities to learn all about African painted dogs and our partnership with Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. We hope to see you there!

  • August 4, 2013 - Spotlight on Species: Painted Dogs

    Spotlight on Species: Painted Dogs

    On Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, join us at the African painted dog exhibit for a very special Spotlight on Species, included in your Zoo admission.

    There will be fun activities, keeper chats, and opportunities to learn all about African painted dogs and our partnership with Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. We hope to see you there!

  • August 9, 2013 - IKEA Family Member Friday - One Night Only!

    IKEA Family Member Friday - One Night Only!

  • August 10, 2013 - World Lion Day and 1 other event

     

    World Lion Day

    Plum Organics Camp Amazing Tour at The Houston Zoo

  • August 11, 2013 - LEGO Party

    LEGO Party

    Join us at the LEGO Animals Assembled exhibit on Sunday, August 11, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for some fun LEGO-themed activities. Build on a baseplate for our LEGO art wall, work a LEGO puzzle, and more!

    If you’re wondering how long it takes to build a life-size zebra or juvenile giraffe entirely from LEGO bricks, then look no further than the Houston Zoo. Did you know that there are only seven LEGO Master Builders in the United States, and one of them spent 27 hours to create the giraffe you can see in Animals Assembled Presented by Fiesta?

    This exhibit will be here all summer long, so if you have a LEGO aficionado in your household, this is one experience you won’t want to miss!

  • August 17, 2013 - Avenue Zoo Activity Weekend

    Avenue Zoo Activity Weekend

    Head over to the Butterfly Stage in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo this weekend for a special Avenue Zoo Activity Weekend! Kids can create their very own puppet, meet the actors of this summer’s musical stage performance and even participate in the show this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    This show is included with your Zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo Members.

  • August 18, 2013 - Avenue Zoo Activity Weekend

    Avenue Zoo Activity Weekend

    Head over to the Butterfly Stage in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo this weekend for a special Avenue Zoo Activity Weekend! Kids can create their very own puppet, meet the actors of this summer’s musical stage performance and even participate in the show this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    This show is included with your Zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo Members.

  • August 23, 2013 - TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: End of Summer Luau

    TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: End of Summer Luau

    This is the last Cool Nights of the summer, and we’re celebrating with an End-of-Summer Luau! We will have luau-themed activities like limbo contests and coconut bowling, an airbrush artist and Hawaiian-themed arts and crafts. This week’s special Meet the Keeper Talks include a chat at tigers at 6 p.m. and at flamingos at 6:30 p.m.

    As a special treat this week, guests can enjoy FREE Carousel rides and FREE ice cream beginning at 5 p.m., courtesy of TXU Energy.

    As always, all Cool Nights activities begin at 5 p.m. and are included in your Zoo admission and FREE for Zoo Members.

  • August 24, 2013 - Snow Day and 1 other event

    Snow Day

    Back by popular demand, Snow Day is returning to the Zoo on Saturday, August 24 thanks to Sunny 99.1 and TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Guests can enjoy this winter wonder from 9 a.m. until noon (or until the Texas heat melts it away).
     
    We will have two snow fields – a smaller field for the little ones and a larger field for the bigger kids – so this event is fun for the entire family. Kids of all ages can create their own snowman, make a snow angel or simply enjoy the cold snow on a hot summer’s day.
     
    Sunny 99.1’s Jay Rodriguez will be joining us from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to play in the snow and pass out special giveaways.
     
    We will also announce the winner of the TXU Energy Ultimate Chill Out Adventure to Manitoba to see polar bears in the wild! Visit the sea lions habitat at 10 a.m. to watch as one of our sea lions chooses the winner of this once in a lifetime trip, all thanks to TXU Energy.
    *Please note entry has been closed; our ten finalists have already been chosen.
     
    All Snow Day activities are included in your Zoo admission and FREE for Members. Don’t miss the last Snow Day of the year!

    Wild Winks - Overnights at the Zoo

  • August 25, 2013 - Wild Winks - Overnights at the Zoo

    Wild Winks - Overnights at the Zoo

  • August 28, 2013 - Feed Your Wildlife Conservation Gala

    Feed Your Wildlife Conservation Gala

  • August 31, 2013 - Houston Zoo Yard Sale and 1 other event

    Houston Zoo Yard Sale

    The Houston Zoo is having a yard sale! Come out to the Masihara pavilion at the zoo from 8 a.m. to noon, browse, shop, pick up unique items and support conservation! All proceeds benefit conservation of elephants in the wild. Cash and credit cards (only) will be accepted. Yard Sale entry is free with your paid zoo admission.

    Lemur Spotlight on Species

    Find out all about lemurs and other Madagascar animals at the Lemur Spotlight on Species. Meet the keepers at the Zoo who care for lemurs every day. There will also be face-painting and fun ‘lemur’ activities for the whole family. This three-day event is August 31st – September 2 in the Wortham World of Primates.

    While learning about lemurs, you can also support lemur conservation. Keepers will be selling a wide variety of unique items as well as paintings completed by our zoo animals. All of the profits will support conservation efforts in Madagascar.

    Read More About The Lemur Spotlight on Species

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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