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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.

The week's events
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Aug 18, '13

Avenue Zoo Activity Weekend


August 18, 2013

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.

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TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: End of Summer Luau


August 23, 2013

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.

Aug 24, '13

Snow Day


August 24, 2013

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 24, 2013


Zoo Map
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Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks

Sunday, September 14, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Brazilian Lancehead in the 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 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
1:00 Meet the Keeper Talk about the Clouded Leopard Cubs in the Fossa Exhibit
1:00 Natural Encounters: Leopard Tortoise Encounter on the BEC Lawn
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
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
3:00 Natural Encounters: Snake Encounter on the BEC Lawn
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Mandrills in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Bat keeper chat