Zoo Closing Early

Today, May 26, the Houston Zoo is closing at 4 p.m. Last entry at 3 p.m. We will resume normal operations tomorrow.

World Oceans Day

The Houston Zoo is celebrating World Oceans Day presented by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to celebrate our animal friends that call our oceans home! Did you know there are seven species of sea turtle in the ocean and you can find all of them in the Gulf of Mexico? Learn more about sea turtles, other marine mammals, and how YOU can help protect their habitat.


Memorial Day TXU Energy Scavenger Hunt

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It may be hot outside, but the Houston Zoo is cool! Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo.

Join us on Memorial Day for a cool scavenger hunt to the Zoo’s fourteen indoor, air-conditioned buildings. You can pick up your scavenger hunt at either Zoo entrance upon arrival. Visit all 14 locations and redeem your paddle fan for one FREE snow cone, thanks to TXU Energy!

This event is included in your zoo admission and is FREE for zoo members.

Visit the TXU Energy Presents Chill Out page for more fun ways to stay cool this summer!

The Snakes in Your Neighborhood

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Inside the Reptile House

Join us on Saturday, May 23 to find out all about our local Houston snakes. You’ll see our most commonly encountered snakes up close in aquariums. Can you tell a rattlesnake’s age by the number of rattles? If you see one snake, are you likely to see another? Are baby snakes more toxic than adults? Myths and misconceptions abound when it comes to snakes, so come and learn the truth about them. Zookeepers will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

This event is free with your paid zoo admission and is free for zoo members.

Bowling for Rhinos

Save endangered wildlife in a fun night of bowling that is perfect for the whole family! Five people are allowed per bowling lane. Don’t have enough people for a full bowling lane? Don’t worry! We will match you with a bowling group. Bowling for Rhinos is presented by the American Association of Zookeepers.

Palace Bowling Lanes
4191 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77025

Choose from one of two bowling sessions:
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

More Information and Registration

Exhibit Closing Early

Tuesday, May 12, the Jaguar habitat area will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

Building Closing Early

Saturday, May 9, Natural Encounters will close early at 5:30 p.m. for a private event.

Exhibit Closing Early

Wednesday, May 20, the Sea Lion Deck will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.