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Alerts

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.

The week's events

  • July 28, 2013 - International Tiger Day

     

    International Tiger Day

    Celebrate tigers and tiger conservation! We’ll be doing special talks throughout the day at the tiger exhibit, and they will receive some special enrichment treats. The Houston Zoo is partnering with the Tiger Conservation Campaign run by the Minnesota Zoo to protect this amazing carnivore in the wild. This event is free with your zoo admission.

    Special Meet the Keeper Talks at Malayan Tiger: 10 a.m., 11:30, 3 p.m.
    Tiger Enrichment and Interpretation 1:30 p.m.

    More about tiger conservation at the Houston Zoo

  • 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!

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Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks
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 Friday April 18, 2014

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 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: 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 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 Natural Encounters: Red panda keeper chat at the Red panda Exhibit
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Schmidt’s red-tailed guenons and Swamp monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
3:30 Natural Encounters: Pygmy falcon keeper chat on the BEC Lawn
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat keeper chat at the Meerkat Exhibit