Rhino Spotlight on Species

In honor of World Rhino Day, join us to learn about rhinos at our zoo and in the wild! There will be games for the kids, keeper talks, and items for sale, with all proceeds go to the Lowveld Rhino Trust of Zimbabwe.

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 24 – 25
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rhino enrichment 11 a.m.

Camp Zoofari

October 10 and 12

Your school break just got wild! Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 through 12 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them. This single day session features some new and exciting updates to topics from the summer. Whether your camper is rejoining us or visiting Camp Zoofari for the first time, there is so much to explore!

Find Out More and Register

Camp Zoofari

October 10 and 12

Your school break just got wild! Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 through 12 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them. This single day session features some new and exciting updates to topics from the summer. Whether your camper is rejoining us or visiting Camp Zoofari for the first time, there is so much to explore!

Find Out More and Register

Twiga Closing Early

Friday, September 23, Twiga Cafe will close early at 5:00 for a private event.

Shasta’s Birthday

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join the Houston Zoo and the University of Houston Alumni Association at the Zoo’s cougar habitat to celebrate the University of Houston’s mascot, Shasta VI’s, birthday! Birthday party guests will learn all about cougars, participate in kid-friendly activities, and be able to sign Shasta’s birthday card! Look for the activities at the cougar habitat.

Be sure to be there at 11:30 a.m. to see Shasta get his own special cake and to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.

All activities are included in Zoo admission and are FREE for Zoo Members. Plus, wear your University of Houston gear and receive FREE Zoo admission from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

You can also Adopt Shasta! The Adopt program at the Houston Zoo is proud to offer a special Shasta Adopt in partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association. Whether you adopt for yourself or on behalf of a cougar alum or student as a gift, know that your contribution is an investment in the success of two of Houston’s most celebrated institutions.

Find Out How You Can Adopt Shasta

Shuttle and gate for Labor Day

Monday, September 5, the offsite parking lot and shuttle will be operational for the Labor Day holiday. Our Medical Center gate will be open as well.

Donuts and Dinos

Enjoy a prehistoric morning at the Houston Zoo during Donuts and Dinos! You and your loved ones can have a morning to remember while learning about the GIANT creatures that used to roam the Earth. Hear an educational dinosaur presentation, enjoy some activities, and take home your very own dinosaur fossil!

More Information and Tickets

Zoo Closing Early Today

The Houston Zoo will close early today for a private event. Last entry is 4:30 p.m., and we close at 5:30 p.m.

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We were honored to show Olympic gold medalists, Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, around the Zoo! Houston is proud of you both!

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Joe N ClarisaHahaha! Yeah a zoo worker totally freaked me out. I was rushing to get to my husband and our baby and daughter. I was left behind with the stroller and our other son. My husband was speaking to a different zoo worker when another one, a guy, jumps in front of me, blocks my way and says THIS AREA IS CLOSED , this WHOLE AREA IS CLOSEDDD! My husband standing a few feet behind him..I was DUMBFOUNDED..like all I'm trying to do is get to my husband and kids geez man. I didn't say anything but I felt so stupid. Then I figured someone was feeding the giraffes that they didn't want anyone coming close to, and yup, a few minutes later these two young ladies come out. I had no idea. All I wanted was to get my family and feed some giraffes. Wish they had a nicer way of approaching people. At least this particular guy.

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Doris HillSo cute! And is that GiGi the youngest giraffe in the Houston Zoo?

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Ashlee SalvaChristina Tuffly Moak (Nina) what a great day that would be running into them at the zoo!

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Jacquelyn SpiersCarlos, this is why I should be at the zoo all day every day!

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Cheyann WeinachtBryan Horton we will walk in the footsteps of olympians!

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Ryan HoeselCome over to Puffabelly's in Old Town Spring. Y'all know some Fried Pickles sound enticing :) Feed the giraffes then swing by!!

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LaCandace MotenWas the lions sleep? Cause then some lazy lions😂

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Hayden IveyAnna Ivey AHHHHH JELLY WHY DIDN'T I GET TO MEET THEM?!?!?

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Gladys Z. MendozaSaw them while waiting to feed the giraffes on Sunday!!

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Brooke FletcherBrian we should have gone to the zoo today!

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Crecensio FloresAre they here? I want to meet Aly.

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Dania TurnerHow fun

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Rachel Annalise HuygenSam !!! we barely missed them

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Erin Rheannon AshToo cute!! All 3 of ya! 😎👉

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Laura NavaMichael Gonzalez should have taken to day off instead!!

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Phillips CourtneyGayla Starr Kirshnerscratch the hat. Zoo it is!!! Lol

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Anissa DelaCruzAwww sweet! 😜

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Debbie Johnson WaskowLucky girls! Talented too and a well deserved private tour.

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Casey Mcaninchi love this pic and the giraffee also way to go girls

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Katrina HayesAww too bad I missed them!😩

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Amanda QuirkMegan Moore OMG WE COULD HAVE SEE THEM!!!

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Sarah TaftWHAT!!!!

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Bre LopezJohn Lopez your bae is at the zoo lol

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