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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 November 2013

  • November 1, 2013 - Feast With the Beasts

    Feast With the Beasts

  • November 2, 2013 - Educator Day

    Educator Day

  • November 5, 2013 - Free Afternoon

    Free Afternoon

  • November 7, 2013 - Wild Wheels - For Infants and Toddlers

    Wild Wheels - For Infants and Toddlers

  • November 9, 2013 - Celebrate International Orangutan Caring Week and 2 other events

     

    Celebrate International Orangutan Caring Week

    It’s International Orangutan Caring Week! Learn about orangutans and their rainforest habitat at the Houston Zoo. International Orangutan Caring Week is observed globally from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17. The Houston Zoo’s primate staff will conduct a Meet the Keeper Talk at the Wortham World of Primates orangutan habitat daily at 3:30 p.m.
     
    Plus, visit our booth at the orangutan exhibit on the weekend of November 9-10 and shop for painted magnets, photo note cards, orangutan painted jewelry and many other items to raise funds to protect them in the wild. We will have available the beautiful one-of-a-kind orangutan-painted Christmas ornaments, that can only be purchased once a year at this event.
     
    This year we are debuting our own Houston Zoo’s orangutan painted sun catchers. Our orangutans have painted beveled pieces of glass and then keeper add beads to make beautiful one-of-a kind sun catchers.
     
    The staff will have activities for children to participate in — they will be able to try on an orangutan sized sweater to see how they measure up! Kids can also color paper leaves which we will send as a thank you to companies that are committed to using orangutan-friendly (100% RSPO sustainable) palm oil by 2015.
     
    All proceeds from Orangutan Caring Week sales will support the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project that helps orangutan and elephant conservation projects in Indonesia.
     
    Find Out More About Orangutans in the Wild

    Member Morning: Special Cheetah Meet the Keeper Talk

    Zoo Yoga

  • November 10, 2013 - Celebrate International Orangutan Caring Week and 1 other event

     

    Celebrate International Orangutan Caring Week

    It’s International Orangutan Caring Week! Learn about orangutans and their rainforest habitat at the Houston Zoo. International Orangutan Caring Week is observed globally from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17. The Houston Zoo’s primate staff will conduct a Meet the Keeper Talk at the Wortham World of Primates orangutan habitat daily at 3:30 p.m.
     
    Plus, visit our booth at the orangutan exhibit on the weekend of November 9-10 and shop for painted magnets, photo note cards, orangutan painted jewelry and many other items to raise funds to protect them in the wild. We will have available the beautiful one-of-a-kind orangutan-painted Christmas ornaments, that can only be purchased once a year at this event.
     
    This year we are debuting our own Houston Zoo’s orangutan painted sun catchers. Our orangutans have painted beveled pieces of glass and then keeper add beads to make beautiful one-of-a kind sun catchers.
     
    The staff will have activities for children to participate in — they will be able to try on an orangutan sized sweater to see how they measure up! Kids can also color paper leaves which we will send as a thank you to companies that are committed to using orangutan-friendly (100% RSPO sustainable) palm oil by 2015.
     
    All proceeds from Orangutan Caring Week sales will support the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project that helps orangutan and elephant conservation projects in Indonesia.
     
    Find Out More About Orangutans in the Wild

    Breakfast With the Animals: Lions

    A very special experience exclusively for Zoo members. Go Bananas when you start your day at the Houston Zoo!

    Find Out All About This Event

  • November 14, 2013 - Art of Conservation Opening Reception and 1 other event

     

    Club HS Scavenger Hunt Safari

    Home schooled students: hunt for clues through the Zoo that will lead you to fun, exciting activities. Participants will decipher animal hints to track down their next challenge. See if you and your team can crack the code!
     
    More Info About Club HS Scavenger Hunt Safari

     

    Art of Conservation Opening Reception

    The art exhibit will include wildlife art and photography from around the world including original watercolors and limited edition giclées. Featured works will chronicle photographer Paul Swen’s expeditions around the globe to some of the most remote locations in order to protect critically endangered wildlife and their environments. In addition, a selection of artworks from the annual exhibit of the prestigious international artist group, Artists for Conservation, will also be on exhibit.

    All proceeds to benefit conservation efforts championed by the Houston Zoo.

    The elephant is one of Africa’s most iconic species. It is in peril due to illegal poaching, habitat loss and conflict with local human communities. We need your help today to turn the tide and protect wildlife and communities in Africa.

    Exhibition Closes
    Sunday, December 1, 2013

    Gremillion & Co. Fine Art Gallery
    2501 Sunset Blvd
    Houston, TX 77005

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  • November 16, 2013 - Photo Day at the Houston Zoo and 1 other event

    Photo Day at the Houston Zoo

    If you like to bird watch, take pictures or just enjoy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this event rolls all three of those into one great morning!
    We get our birds up and active early in the morning on this great morning, at Photo Day: You get in before the crowds and snap some great pictures of our birds.
     
    Find Out More About Photo Day

    Girl Scout Badge Day

  • November 23, 2013 - Vulture SOS and 1 other event

    Vulture SOS

    Celebrate nature’s cleanup crew, the vultures! Find out more about vultures at the zoo and in the wild at the Vulture Spotlight on Species (SOS) Saturday and Sunday November 23-24.
     
    Did you know the Houston Zoo has a pair of Cinereous vultures? They have cool blue heads. We also have King vultures in our Fischer Bird Garden. The Vulture SOS will be at the Cinereous exhibit, where we’ll have games, biofacts (feathers and bones!), coloring activities and more. There will also be some cool vulture souvenirs to purchase such as magnets, keychains, bookmarks and ornaments.
     
    While turkey and black vultures seem so abundant to us in Texas, vultures around the world range from threatened to critically endangered. That’s why the money raised at Vulture SOS will be donated to the Cambodian Vulture Conservation Project. Come out and support vultures and find out more about this cool animal!
     
    Check out these vultures and many other cool Houston Zoo birds on the Meet the Animals: Birds page

    Zoo Yoga

  • November 24, 2013 - Vulture SOS

    Vulture SOS

    Celebrate nature’s cleanup crew, the vultures! Find out more about vultures at the zoo and in the wild at the Vulture Spotlight on Species (SOS) Saturday and Sunday November 23-24.
     
    Did you know the Houston Zoo has a pair of Cinereous vultures? They have cool blue heads. We also have King vultures in our Fischer Bird Garden. The Vulture SOS will be at the Cinereous exhibit, where we’ll have games, biofacts (feathers and bones!), coloring activities and more. There will also be some cool vulture souvenirs to purchase such as magnets, keychains, bookmarks and ornaments.
     
    While turkey and black vultures seem so abundant to us in Texas, vultures around the world range from threatened to critically endangered. That’s why the money raised at Vulture SOS will be donated to the Cambodian Vulture Conservation Project. Come out and support vultures and find out more about this cool animal!
     
    Check out these vultures and many other cool Houston Zoo birds on the Meet the Animals: Birds page

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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 the 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: Indigo snake encounter on the BEC Lawn
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
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Red panda keeper chat at the Red panda Exhibit