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We're renovating the Desert habitat in Natural Encounters; that area of this building, including mole rats and the marine aquarium, are temporarily closed off.

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Cool Nights: Red, White, & Zoo!

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July 5, 2013

Kids of all ages will enjoy patriotic-themed activities from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., including a red, white and blue scavenger hunt and potato sack races. Kids can also create their own American flag and march in a special Patriotic Parade led by Uncle Sam himself! In addition to these fun activities, your family can attend special Meet the Keeper Talks with the sea lions, American alligator and bald eagle.

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Cool Nights: Travel around the World

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July 12, 2013

Houston is known for its cultural diversity. Not only that, but the Houston Zoo has more than 800 species from all over the world! Participate in our kid-friendly Zoo-lympics, learn about flags and animals from around the world, and more! All activities begin at 5 p.m. Don’t forget to attend our special Meet the Keeper Talks in Birds of the World at 6:00 p.m. and our Natural Encounters building at 6:30 p.m. and see a very special drum performance. All activities are included in your Zoo admission and are FREE for Zoo Members.

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Special Avenue Zoo Weekend

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July 13, 2013

Join us for a special Avenue Zoo weekend on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids can create their very own puppet in the Children’s Zoo’s Blue Pavilion. Plus enjoy the live stage presentation on the Butterfly Stage at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and meet the cast at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Families can also enjoy special Meet the Keeper Talks both days:
10:30 a.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at the black mamba in the Reptile House
11 a.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at King vulture
11:30 a.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Lions

Be sure to stop by the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo for all the fun Avenue Zoo activities! All activities are included in your Zoo admission.

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Special Avenue Zoo Weekend

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July 14, 2013

Join us for a special Avenue Zoo weekend on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids can create their very own puppet in the Children’s Zoo’s Blue Pavilion. Plus enjoy the live stage presentation on the Butterfly Stage at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and meet the cast at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Families can also enjoy special Meet the Keeper Talks both days:
10:30 a.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at the black mamba in the Reptile House
11 a.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at King vulture
11:30 a.m. – Meet the Keeper Talk at Lions

Be sure to stop by the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo for all the fun Avenue Zoo activities! All activities are included in your Zoo admission.

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Speaker Series: The Story of Asia's Elephants

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July 18, 2013

Join The Houston Zoo and the Asia Society Texas Center as Dr. Raman Sukumar discusses the history of the Asian Elephant and his new book: The Story of Asia’s Elephants. The relationship between elephants and people in Asia over thousands of years is a unique one. The story of the Asian elephant begins with a brief account of the ancient origins of the creature and its possible relationship with early humans.

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TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: Country Western

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July 19, 2013

Join us for a boot-stompin’ good time! On this night we’ll have games and activities with a country western theme, like horseshoes and stick horse races. Plus, Zoo guests can stomp their feet to the music of country band Eleven Hundred Springs! They’ll be performing at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The games, the concert, and all Cool Nights activities are included in your Zoo Admission.

After Cool Nights, walk to Miller Outdoor Theatre and see Theatre Under The Stars’ 8:15 p.m. performance of A Chorus Line running July 16 – 21.

About Eleven Hundred Springs:
“Listening to any effort from Eleven Hundred Springs, including latest Midway, is like having your cool uncle pull out his favorite albums. Matt Hillyer and crew have that old-school country sound down. When the band started up way back in 1998, some folks thought it was just guys imitating the sounds of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams, but over the course of nine albums, Eleven Hundred Springs have evolved into a tight unit of true believers.”

About A Chorus Line:
In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for – with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed – to have the chance to dance. Theatre Under The Stars will present A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the singular sensation returns to the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage for TUTS’ annual free summer musical.

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LEGO Party

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July 20, 2013

Join us at the LEGO Animals Assembled exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for some fun LEGO-themed activities. Build on a baseplate for our LEGO art wall, work a LEGO puzzle, and more!

If you’re wondering how long it takes to build a life-size zebra or juvenile giraffe entirely from LEGO bricks, then look no further than the Houston Zoo. Did you know that there are only seven LEGO Master Builders in the United States, and one of them spent 27 hours to create the giraffe you can see in Animals Assembled Presented by Fiesta?

This exhibit will be here all summer long, so if you have a LEGO aficionado in your household, this is one experience you won’t want to miss!

LEGO Party

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July 20, 2013

Join us at the LEGO Animals Assembled exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for some fun LEGO-themed activities. Build on a baseplate for our LEGO art wall, work a LEGO puzzle, and more!

If you’re wondering how long it takes to build a life-size zebra or juvenile giraffe entirely from LEGO bricks, then look no further than the Houston Zoo. Did you know that there are only seven LEGO Master Builders in the United States, and one of them spent 27 hours to create the giraffe you can see in Animals Assembled Presented by Fiesta?

This exhibit will be here all summer long, so if you have a LEGO aficionado in your household, this is one experience you won’t want to miss!

LEGO Party

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July 20, 2013

Join us at the LEGO Animals Assembled exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for some fun LEGO-themed activities. Build on a baseplate for our LEGO art wall, work a LEGO puzzle, and more!

If you’re wondering how long it takes to build a life-size zebra or juvenile giraffe entirely from LEGO bricks, then look no further than the Houston Zoo. Did you know that there are only seven LEGO Master Builders in the United States, and one of them spent 27 hours to create the giraffe you can see in Animals Assembled Presented by Fiesta?

This exhibit will be here all summer long, so if you have a LEGO aficionado in your household, this is one experience you won’t want to miss!

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LEGO Party

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July 21, 2013

Join us at the LEGO Animals Assembled exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for some fun LEGO-themed activities. Build on a baseplate for our LEGO art wall, work a LEGO puzzle, and more!

If you’re wondering how long it takes to build a life-size zebra or juvenile giraffe entirely from LEGO bricks, then look no further than the Houston Zoo. Did you know that there are only seven LEGO Master Builders in the United States, and one of them spent 27 hours to create the giraffe you can see in Animals Assembled Presented by Fiesta?

This exhibit will be here all summer long, so if you have a LEGO aficionado in your household, this is one experience you won’t want to miss!

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Lion Girls' Birthday

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July 24, 2013

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TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: Holidays in Zoo-ly

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July 26, 2013

Get in the holiday spirit this Friday at Cool Nights as we celebrate Holidays in Zoo-ly! Join us for ornament decorating and holiday games including Pin the Nose on Rudolph and candy cane ring toss. Zoo guests can sing and dance with our DJ and enjoy a special ice sculpture carving extravaganza by Reverend Butter at 6 p.m. The animals will also enjoy cool treats to celebrate; join us for special Meet the Keeper Talks at bongos and lions. All Cool Nights activities are included in your Zoo admission!

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Snow Day

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July 27, 2013

Snow in July?? In Houston?? Only at the Houston Zoo! Temperatures may be in the 100s, but grab your mittens and come to the Zoo for Snow Day on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and join all the chilly fun thanks to TXU Energy and Sunny 99.1. We’ll have a separate snow area for our littlest visitors to explore, along with thousands of pounds of snow for the not-so-little kids. While you’re here, pick up a TXU Energy fan at their booth in the Front Plaza and participate in their scavenger hunt to receive a FREE sno cone! All of these activities are included in your Zoo admission and are FREE for Members.

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International Tiger Day

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July 28, 2013 

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

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Lionfish Collection and Handling Workshop

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August 1, 2013

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

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TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: Wild About Water!

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August 2, 2013

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.

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Spotlight on Species: Painted Dogs

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August 3, 2013

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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Saturday, July 26, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Amphibian Q & A at 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 Natural Encounters: Meet the Keeper Talk at Meerkats
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Natural Encounters: Tamandua Encounter on the Porch
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
3:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Snake Encounter on the BEC Lawn