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Alerts

We're renovating our concessions at Cypress Circle. Look for many other refreshment options at Macaw Cafe, Twiga Cafe and at carts and kiosks around the zoo.

Friday, September 26, the Jaguar habitat will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

Saturday, September 27, the Jaguar habitat will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

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Vulture SOS

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November 24, 2013

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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Educator Workshop: Brain Beats!

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December 3, 2013

Free Afternoon

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December 3, 2013

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Wild Wheels - For Infants and Toddlers

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December 5, 2013

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Member Morning: Special Tropical Bird House Meet the Keeper Talk

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December 7, 2013

The Houston Zoo is open one hour early at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members only! Enjoy cooler weather and see animals just as they come outside for the day, a time of day when they are most active.

Member Mornings include a special Meet the Keeper Talk that begins at 8:30 a.m. – hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about a select animal 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!

Zoo Yoga

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December 7, 2013

This beginner level class is open to children ages 4-10 and their parents. Please bring a bottle of water and wear modest, comfortable clothing. Adults and children must purchase separate tickets.
 
Join us as we embark on an expedition through six dynamic habitats. Whether you are new to yoga or a veteran yogi, we will use our wildlife inspired pranayama, asasnas, and savasanas to guide us on our journey. This season we will learn about, see, and even meet animals from different habitats all over the world.
 
Find Out More About Zoo Yoga

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Breakfast with Santa

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December 14, 2013

Information about Breakfast with Santa is on the Member Events page.

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Breakfast with Santa

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December 21, 2013

Information about Breakfast with Santa is on the Member Events page.

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Closing Early on Christmas Eve

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December 24, 2013 

We will close early at 3:00 p.m. with the last entry at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is not open this evening.

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Closed Christmas Day

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December 25, 2013 

The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year; we are closed Christmas Day and TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is closed as well on this day.

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Winter Camp Zoofari

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December 30, 2013 

Four individual days of winter camp, December 30-31, January 2-3. Your winter break just got wild! Register for Winter Camp Zoofari for just one day or all four! Each camp is designed as a one-day experience.
 
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Winter Camp Zoofari

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December 31, 2013 

Four individual days of winter camp, December 30-31, January 2-3. Your winter break just got wild! Register for Winter Camp Zoofari for just one day or all four! Each camp is designed as a one-day experience.
 
Winter Camp Zoofari

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Winter Camp Zoofari

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January 3, 2014 

Four individual days of winter camp, December 30-31, January 2-3. Your winter break just got wild! Register for Winter Camp Zoofari for just one day or all four! Each camp is designed as a one-day experience.
 
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Winter Camp Zoofari

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January 4, 2014 

Four individual days of winter camp, December 30-31, January 2-3. Your winter break just got wild! Register for Winter Camp Zoofari for just one day or all four! Each camp is designed as a one-day experience.
 
Winter Camp Zoofari

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

Tuesday September 23, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Panamanian golden frog in the Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk with the Patagonian Cavy in the Children’s Zoo Front Plaza
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 Painted dogs
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 Meerkat chill-out chat at the Meerkat exhibit
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Mole-rat encounter in front of the Desert exhibit at Natural Encounters
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sifaka in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meerkat, meet the keeper talk at the Meerkat exhibit