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The Wildlife Carousel will be closed through Friday, August 29, for repairs and maintenance.

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December 2012
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Zoo Lights

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November 25, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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November 26, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Natural Encounters Closing at 4:30 p.m.

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November 27, 2012

Natural Encounters will be closing at 4:30 p.m. today for a private event and will be closed for Zoo Lights as well.

Zoo Lights

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November 27, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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November 28, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Natural Encounters Closing at 4:30 p.m.

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November 29, 2012

Natural Encounters will be closing at 4:30 p.m. today for a private event and will be closed for Zoo Lights as well.

Zoo Lights

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November 29, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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November 30, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Members First Saturday / Member Morning

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December 1, 2012

This month’s Member Morning features Rhinos!
The Houston Zoo is open at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members Only. This will give you the opportunity to view our dedicated staff prepare the zoo for a new day.

During your visit we offer you a chance to hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about a select animal resident or area. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home.
Programs begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Approximate program length is 30 minutes.

Registration is not required. Please bring your membership card and photo ID as usual. Due to early admission, not every animal is available at this time

Point, Click, Zoo!

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December 1, 2012

Adults 18+
Saturday, December 1
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Ever flip through a wildlife magazine and wish your animal pictures could look that good? Planning to come to Photo Day and want some pointers and practice first? Join us as we learn some basics of wildlife photography and take a mini-safari through the Zoo to capture some of our most photogenic animals. This session is for beginners, and a digital or film SLR camera is recommended. Cameras will not be provided.

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Register for Point, Click, Zoo and receive a $5 discount to Photo Day! Discount code will be provided in class.

Red Panda SOS

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December 1, 2012

Join us at the front of Carruth Natural Encounters and the Red Panda Exhibit for Red Panda Spotlight on Species.

Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Houston Zoo in assisting the Red Panda Network’s mission to build awareness for the beautiful endangered red panda (aka firefox) and its habitat – both are disappearing due to human pressures: road building, tree cutting, cattle grazing and many other factors.

Events and Activities:
Games
Meet the Keeper Talks
Enrichment & Training Demos
Face painting & temporary tattoos
Red Panda merchandise for sale

All proceeds raised during our Red Panda Spotlight on Species Weekend will be donated to the Red Panda Network. The Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities by adaptive community-based research, education, and carbon mitigation. Their efforts currently extend to four of the red panda home ranges in Nepal, India, Burma and China.

The Red Panda Network is the only conservation organization solely dedicated to the red panda. Currently they are fundraising in order to train additional ‘forest guardians”, conduct awareness-building programs in schools and continue to expand the protected red panda habitat. Many species that are found within red panda habitat, including the clouded leopard, takins and rare assamese macaques langurs, will benefit from Red Panda Network’s ongoing habitat protection program.

Zoo Lights

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December 1, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Red Panda SOS

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December 2, 2012

Join us at the front of Carruth Natural Encounters and the Red Panda Exhibit for Red Panda Spotlight on Species.

Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Houston Zoo in assisting the Red Panda Network’s mission to build awareness for the beautiful endangered red panda (aka firefox) and its habitat – both are disappearing due to human pressures: road building, tree cutting, cattle grazing and many other factors.

Events and Activities:
Games
Meet the Keeper Talks
Enrichment & Training Demos
Face painting & temporary tattoos
Red Panda merchandise for sale

All proceeds raised during our Red Panda Spotlight on Species Weekend will be donated to the Red Panda Network. The Red Panda Network is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities by adaptive community-based research, education, and carbon mitigation. Their efforts currently extend to four of the red panda home ranges in Nepal, India, Burma and China.

The Red Panda Network is the only conservation organization solely dedicated to the red panda. Currently they are fundraising in order to train additional ‘forest guardians”, conduct awareness-building programs in schools and continue to expand the protected red panda habitat. Many species that are found within red panda habitat, including the clouded leopard, takins and rare assamese macaques langurs, will benefit from Red Panda Network’s ongoing habitat protection program.

Zoo Lights

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December 2, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 3, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Free Admission in the Afternoon

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December 4, 2012

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from 2 p.m. until closing. Please note that our Free Afternoon applies to regular Zoo admission and does not include Zoo Lights.

Zoo Lights

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December 4, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 5, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Wild Wheels

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December 6, 2012

Enjoy an adventure in the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler as we explore the habitats of the world. We’ll meet outside the front entrance by the gift shop and “stroll” together through a particular part of the Zoo. Our trek will conclude with a touchable animal encounter and a hand or footprint craft to take home. Individuals and parent groups welcome!

Get your tickets for Wild Wheels at the gate the morning of the program.
Members: $9 per child, adults are free

Non-Members: $22 per child (includes 1 adult admission)
$9 per additional child
$13 per additional adult

Natural Encounters and Reptiles Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

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December 6, 2012

On December 6th, the Natural Encounters building and the Reptiles and Amphibians building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for private events.

Zoo Lights

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December 6, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Kipp Aquarium and Natural Encounters Closing at 4:30 p.m.

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December 7, 2012

On December 7th, the Kipp Aquarium building and the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for private events.

Zoo Lights

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December 7, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Jaguar Exhibit and Reptile Building Closing at 4:30 p.m.

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December 8, 2012

On December 8th, the Jaguar Exhibit and the Reptiles and Amphibians Building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for private events.

Zoo Lights

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December 8, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

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December 9, 2012

On December 9th, the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

Zoo Lights

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December 9, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 10, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

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December 11, 2012

On December 11th, the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

Zoo Lights

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December 11, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 12, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Kipp Aquarium Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

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December 13, 2012

Zoo Lights

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December 13, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 14, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Kipp Aquarium Closing Early at 4:00 p.m.

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December 15, 2012

Natural Encounters Closing Early at 4:30 p.m.

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December 15, 2012

On December 15th, the Natural Encounters building will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

Zoo Lights

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December 15, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 16, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 17, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 18, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 19, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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League City Chili's Clouded Leopard Conservation Night

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December 20, 2012

Print out this flyer and bring it with you to the League City Chili’s on Wednesday December 19th. 10% of your ticket will be donated to the Bornean Clouded Leopard Programme. You can come in anytime they’re open on Wednesday from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.

Zoo Lights

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December 20, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 21, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 22, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 23, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Closing Early on Christmas Eve

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December 24, 2012

The Houston Zoo will be closing early on December 24th at 3:00 p.m. with the last admission at 2:00 p.m.

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Christmas Day - Zoo Closed During the Day - Open for Zoo Lights

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December 25, 2012 

The Houston Zoo will be closed during the day on December 25th, but join us in the evening for Zoo Lights!

Zoo Lights

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December 25, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 26, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 27, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 28, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 29, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 30, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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December 31, 2012

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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January 1, 2013

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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January 2, 2013

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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January 3, 2013

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Zoo Lights

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January 4, 2013

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Members First Saturday / Member Morning

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January 5, 2013

This month’s Member Morning features the Kipp Aquarium!
The Houston Zoo is open at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members Only. This will give you the opportunity to view our dedicated staff prepare the zoo for a new day.

During your visit we offer you a chance to hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about a select animal resident or area. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home.
Programs begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Approximate program length is 30 minutes.

Registration is not required. Please bring your membership card and photo ID as usual. Due to early admission, not every animal is available at this time.
Please note that in November the Members First Saturday/Member Morning will be held on the second Saturday Nov.9.

Zoo Lights

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January 5, 2013

Zoo Lights November 23rd through January 5th
For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music.

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Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks
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Friday August 22, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Anaconda in 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 Keeper Talk at the Aquarium
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Clouded leopards
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 Meerkat keepers talk at the Meerkat exhibit
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 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Tamarins in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 African pygmy falcon on the BEC lawn
6:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
6:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
7:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Zebras and Warthog