Lion Fun Days

Having a roaring good time October 1st-2nd
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It’s hard to believe, but the African lion is in trouble. The population of African lions is falling at an alarming rate, with an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 lions left in all of Africa. Field researchers and conservationists believe the decline can be slowed and eventually reversed through community outreach and education. That’s where you come in!

On October 1st and 2nd the Houston Zoo will host its 6th annual Lion Fun Days. From 9am -2:30pm in front of the lion exhibit, Zoo guests can take part in games, keeper interactions, face painting, and most importantly having fun while learning about conservation. Lion Fun Days originated in the Niassa Reserve Mozambique as a part of the educational outreach program of the Niassa Lion Project. Around this time of year, 300+ children and their families in Mbamba village (located in northern Mozambique) will participate in Lion Fun Days as well. Mozambican children will play the same games and hear the same information as the children at the Houston Zoo. The partnership between the Houston Zoo and the Niassa Lion Project is strengthened by Lion Fun Days and getting children involved in conservation.

Meet the Keeper Talk, crafts and games are included in your Zoo admission and Zoo membership.

If you want to have a part in saving the African lion, come visit the Houston Zoo on October 1st and 2nd and learn how.

Saturday October 1, 2016
10:00 AM – Lion Training Window
10:30 AM – Lion Parade and Games
11:30 AM – Lion Training Window
1:00 PM – Lion Enrichment Chat (paper mache)
1:30 PM – Lion Parade and Games

Sunday October 2, 2016
10:00 AM – Lion Training Window
10:30 AM – Lion Parade and Games
11:30 AM – Lion Training Window
1:00 PM – Lion Enrichment Chat (zip line!)
1:30 PM – Lion Parade and Games

The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

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!

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Houston, it's time to meet your new (giraffe) bachelor! Please help us welcome Joshua.
Joshua joins the Houston Zoo family at the recommendation of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, with hopes for him to sire calves with female Masai giraffes in the Houston herd. Learn more on our blog: www.houstonzoo.org/blog/joshua-next-giraffe-bachelor/
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Houston, its time to meet your new (giraffe) bachelor! Please help us welcome Joshua. 
Joshua joins the Houston Zoo family at the recommendation of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, with hopes for him to sire calves with female Masai giraffes in the Houston herd. Learn more on our blog: http://www.houstonzoo.org/blog/joshua-next-giraffe-bachelor/

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Karthika SenthilkumarJosiah Yarbrough Jason Sanchez We should go and feed the giraffes! Let's leave early, though. I don't want to get stuck in a giraffic jam! :D

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Snap LaneI'm going to miss Miles. He was my favorite. I hope he enjoys Virginia.

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Roberta PalauAkansha thought you might be interested in visiting Houstons most eligible bachelor

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Melissa FloresHanna Odom, look! There's a new Giraffe for you to go and meet! 😊

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Alicia Marie CarneyWelcome studmuffin!

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Jennifer Louise ReedMy my isn't he handsome

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Mary Scarlett SherwoodAshton Campbell I think about you every time I see a giraffe now! Lol

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Lorraine HotzeRenata lets go see this eligible bachelor 😉

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Hank GriffithHow you doin?

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Gina Weber@houstonzoo how old is Joshua, he looks young

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Janet DentonI'll miss Miles, but Joshua is awfully handsome.

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Casey McaninchOh my goodness hes too adorable

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Gina WeberAwe gonna miss Miles! Welcome Joshua!

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Amanda PetersenHe's magnificent.

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Tonita Lopesvery handsome

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Aileen KaneHello handsome!

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LissaDanielle Orta TrejoTina Perez have you seen this?! If not well here you go lol

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Kimberly EmmonsHey big boy

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Gemrick CurtomAw Dailey

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Penny AubeJoshua Is A Cutie!!💙

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Mae Baker MaynusDid he come from the Virginia Zoo??

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Shelli WalkerHeather Watson lets go to the zoo!

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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! ... See MoreSee Less

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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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Helen FrietchI have said it before and will say it again - I love the live webcams at the Houston Zoo. Now - congratulations to the gold medalists - job well done.

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

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Julio TorresI never get tired to visit the Zoo and admire such a magnificent animal...! ❤️

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Alexander 'Dragon' MalikI was there today with my youngest daughter! It's her birthday! 3 years old!

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Kristen RodriguezI was wondering who was being followed around by cameras that's so cool!

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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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Astrid Reim KincaidI want to know if Aly's awesome parents were there, too ;)

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Julie HolderMelody 'Holder' Shulse we should have gone to the zoo todayyyyyyyyyy OMG!!! I am on the lookout this week!!

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

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

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

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

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Brooke FletcherBrian we should have gone to the zoo today!

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Brandy Coldwell'Don't turn your back to the giraffes.'

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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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