Closing Early June 3

Friday, June 3, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry is 3 p.m. and we close at 4 p.m.

Texas Native Wildlife Days

Show off your Texas pride at the Houston Zoo Friday and Saturday, May 20th and 21st. We will be hosting a Native Texas Wildlife Spotlight on Species event highlighting and showcasing some of Texas’s own native species living at the Zoo. Participate in fun activities, learn cool facts, watch training demonstrations, and much more! Check out our extensive special schedule below.

All activities are free with your paid Zoo admission, and are free for Zoo members.

Texas Wildlife Meet the Keeper Talks

Friday May 20th and Saturday May 21st
10:00 a.m. Jaguar Meet the Keeper Talk
10:00 a.m. Butterfly Garden & native carnivorous plants talk
10:30 a.m. Meet some animals up close! In the Carnivores area
11:30 a.m. Black Bear enrichment toss and keeper talk
1:00 p.m. Ocelot Meet the Keeper Talk
1:30 p.m. Pelican Feeding – Birds of the World
1:45 p.m. Meet some animals up close! In the Carnivores area
2:00 p.m. Cougar training session and keeper talk

Friday, May 20th Only
10:00 a.m. Bobcat Meet the Keeper Talk, Children’s Zoo
10:30 a.m. North American Porcupine Talk in Texas Plaza, Children’s Zoo
10:30 a.m. Near the front entrance to the Zoo: featuring native species
11:30 a.m. Near the front entrance to the Zoo: featuring native species
12:30 p.m. Near the front entrance to the Zoo: featuring native species
1:00 p.m. Butterfly Garden & native carnivorous plants talk
2:30 North American River Otter Talk, Children’s Zoo

Saturday, May 21st Only
10:30 a.m. Swift Fox Talk, Children’s Zoo
12:00 p.m. Butterfly Garden & native carnivorous plants talk
1:15 p.m. Harris Hawk in the Texas Plaza, Children’s Zoo
2:30 p.m. Bobcat Meet the Keeper Talk, Children’s Zoo

Endangered Species Day

Friday, May 20 is Endangered Species Day! The Houston Zoo, along with the other AZA institutions around the world, are working to bring awareness to the global conservation efforts to save endangered species and their habitats in the wild. Check out our post all about what the Houston Zoo is doing, and what you can do, to help save animals in the wild:

Endangered Species Day – Houston Zoo Blog

Plus, attend one of the Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66 during your Endangered Species Day Zoo visit to learn even more!

Did you know that every time you visit the Houston Zoo you help save animals in the wild? Today, and every day, a portion of your Zoo ticket goes toward helping animals in the wild. Thank you for helping save animals!

Water Play Park Open for the Season

The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is open for the season, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We do close for a portion of the day when the weather is below 70 degrees or due to thunderstorms, to protect your health and safety.

Closed on Christmas Day

The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year. For the benefit of our Zoo staff and volunteers, we are closed on Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

Spotlight on Species: Turtles

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

It will be totally turtles the weekend of May 28-29 at the Zoo. Our schedule will include special turtle Meet the Keeper talks – be sure and check the schedule to find out when and where in the zoo you can encounter these remarkable reptiles and the keepers who care for them. Be sure and stop by the Natural Encounters building, where terrific turtle activities will be happening. You can also find out how the Houston Zoo works to save turtles around the world, as well as how you can make a difference to your local turtles.

All activities are free with your paid Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members.

Rain Barrel Workshop

At the Zoo’s Brown Education Center

Save water, save money, and save wildlife at the Houston Zoo on May 21st! The Zoo is partnering with Galveston Bay Foundation to hold a rain barrel workshop. Your workshop registration includes one rain barrel and one kit, at a low price of $35!

Rain barrels are a great addition to your home-they can help reduce your water bill by capturing rain water that you can use for your lawn and plants all-year long. Reusing rain water helps ensure there is enough water in the future for wildlife (like Houston toads) and people.

Spots are limited and typically do sell out for this event – register today!
Register on the Galveston Bay Foundation Website

Entry for the event is not our main entrance but is Gate 8, outside the Brown Education Center just as you turn into the parking lot from the street.

We will provide the opportunity for you to bring your car closer to load your barrel after the event if needed.


Photo Day: Cats & Dogs

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Join us for Photo Day as we highlight a few of our exotic cats and dogs. Photo Day allows photographers of all skill levels a chance to visit the Zoo and take great animal photos, all before the Zoo opens.

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