Rhino SOS

In honor of World Rhino Day, join us to learn about rhinos at our zoo and in the wild! There will be crafts and games for the kids, educational biofacts, keeper talks, and items for sale, and all proceeds go to the International Rhino Foundation.

Our rhinos will be receiving a treat as well! See the rhinos investigate some special enrichment items in their habitat.

At the rhino habitat, in the African Forest
Saturday and Sunday, September 19 – 20
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rhino enrichment 1 p.m.

All activities are included with your paid Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

Breakfast with the Giraffes

Breakfast is Going Wild! A very special experience exclusively for Zoo members.

It will be a wild morning when you start your day at the Houston Zoo! Come join our herd and get in depth information regarding the habits and enrichment activities of some of our amazing mammals. You will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and into the giraffe barn after enjoying a hot breakfast buffet.

These events fill up fast, so don’t miss out on this extra special experience.

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Juice and Breakfast Buffet will be served promptly at 7:30 a.m.

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Marvel Character Appearances

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You’ve read the books and seen the movies. Now meet your favorite superheroes in person at the Houston Zoo! Spider-Man and Iron Man will be at the Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, to greet guests and pose for photos.

Wear your favorite superhero costume and bring your camera to capture all the fun! Make your way to the Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo to meet these incredible Avengers. Parents take note – while Spider-Man and Iron Man will be out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, they will take a few brief breaks during this time.

This amazing event is included in your regular Zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo members.

Swap Shop Closed

The Swap Shop will be closed Thursday August 27 from 10:45-2:15. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Enrichment Day

The Houston Zoo will be holding its annual Enrichment Day on September 19. From 10am to 3pm, guests can enjoy special Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66 to learn about enrichment at the Houston Zoo while watching the animals enjoy it at the same time! Guests can also participate in kid-friendly activities at Enrichment Central that are sure to entertain kids and adults alike!

This event is free with your paid Houston Zoo admission, and it is free for Zoo members!

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Sea Lions Off Exhibit

Sea lions are off exhibit Monday and Tuesday, August 17-18, while we spruce up their habitat.

Photo Day

Join us for “An African Forest Safari” Photo Day as we highlight a few of our African Forest ambassadors!

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Photo Day allows photographers of all skill levels a chance to visit the Zoo and take great animal photos, all before the Zoo opens. Enjoy the cooler morning weather and lighter crowd, plus see the animals at a time of day when they are most active. Also included is a continental breakfast.

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World Elephant Day

It’s World Elephant Day! Join us in celebrating these magnificent animals. Elephants are the largest land mammals in the world and among the most intelligent animals on earth. Unfortunately, Asian elephants are also among the world’s most endangered species. At the turn of the 20th century, more than 100,000 Asian elephants roamed their native habitat. Today, only approximately 40,000 Asian elephants remain in the wild.

World Elephant Day Activities:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
See and touch an elephant tooth
Find out more about the Houston Zoo’s Asian elephant herd: Thai, Methai, Shanti, Tess, Tucker, Tupelo, Baylor & Duncan

10 a.m.
Daily Elephant Bath at The McNair Asian Elephant Barn

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Walking tour of the Asian elephant barn for those who Go Gray for World Elephant Day!
Wear gray on your Zoo visit and get an inside look at our state-of-the-art elephant barn, plus talk with our Zookeepers, while the elephants are outside playing in the yard.

This event is free with paid admission and is free for Houston Zoo members!