Saving Wildlife Expo

The Houston Zoo is partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Network to host an all-day conservation event here at the Zoo. Conservation leaders will speak about how they are working to save lions, tapirs, native Texas animals, zebras and sharks and rays at this full-day event.

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Zoo Closed January 19

The Houston Zoo is closed Thursday, January 19, due to hazardous weather conditions.

Zoo Ball 2017 – An Aquatic Affair

The Houston Zoo is the place to be this spring when we explore the limitless wonders of Earth’s oceans at the annual Zoo Ball! Zoo Ball 2017 will celebrate The Enchantment of Sea Life while raising valuable support for the mission of the Houston Zoo.

This annual affair is a springtime celebration like no other. The black-tie evening will feature animal ambassadors, live and silent auctions, a seated dinner, and dancing to the tunes of IDT Band.

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Family Nature Club

Where: Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, Humble
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per family

Are you ready to get outside and explore nature? We will be visiting wild places around Houston to play and engage your family with our natural surroundings. Book your family for our next event and each child will receive a free gift with your registration!

Our January event will be at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center. This beautiful park has various hiking trails and is home to many wild animals. Spend a day out in nature playing and enjoying all that Jones Park has to offer!

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west gate open Monday

Monday, January 16, our Medical Center Gate will be open. We will have shuttles running to offsite parking at the South Extension lot for your added convenience.

Planting for Pollinators!

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Activities and games in the Children’s Zoo outside the Swap Shop

Do you like eating chocolate, fruit, and ice cream? You have pollinators to thank for these foods and more! Pollinators help plants complete their life-cycle by moving pollen from one plant to another.

Visit the Houston Zoo on Monday, January 16 to learn the importance of pollinators, and how the Zoo, and YOU, can help protect them right here in your own backyard! There will be games and activities for all guests to enjoy, plus enjoy double points at the Naturally Wild Swap Shop for pollinator reports turned in on this day.

Thanks to the support of the NFL, Verizon, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, and Trees for Houston, two new pollinator gardens will be planted throughout the Zoo to continue our efforts to help protect these important animals.

At 10 a.m., representatives from the Zoo, NFL, Verizon, and the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, and Trees for Houston, along with the Houston Texans cheerleaders and team mascot TORO, will host a brief program to unveil and dedicate these gardens. Join us at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone to start the presentation, followed by a “parade” to the new pollinator garden located near the giraffe barn.

This free event is included in your paid Houston Zoo admission and is free for Zoo Members.

Recycling Rally

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the Zoo’s Medical Center Entrance (not our main entrance)

Join the Houston Zoo, the NFL, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, Verizon, and SHI for a Recycling Rally on Saturday, January 21. Bring your unwanted electronics and small appliances from home to support the Recycling Rally and help save animals in the wild!

When you recycle your unused handheld electronics, the materials in those devices can be reused, which reduces the need to get new materials from mines in Central Africa, home to animals like chimpanzees, gorillas, okapis, and mandrills.

Our Medical Center Entrance is on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital. It provides convenient drop-off access for your recyclables (there is no parking at this gate).

Here’s a full list of items you can recycle on January 21:
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• Laptop computers*
• Desktop computers*
• LCD and CRT computer monitors
• Televisions
• Computer cables, mice & keyboards
• Gaming consoles
• Telephones & answering machines
• Stereo & audio equipment
• Paper shredders
• Alarm clocks
• Printers
• Cameras
• Conferencing equipment
• Remote controls
• Earphones
• Small electronic appliances (coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens, can openers, etc.)
• Electronic toys
• Cell phones and accessories**
• Vacuums

* Hard drives will not be wiped
** Cell phones, cell phone batteries and accessories will be donated to HopeLine.

Peter and the Wolf presented by ROCO and IACT

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) and InterActive Theater Company return to the Houston Zoo on Sunday, January 15 for three afternoon performances of the revered children’s classic, Peter and the Wolf.

The interactive concert is free with your zoo admission or membership.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Houston Zoo – Brown Education Center Auditorium

Seating is limited at this popular event, so please arrive early.

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Here's another look at Pumpkin! He's a 31-year-old, Bornean orangutan that recently made his public debut in the orangutan habitat at the Houston Zoo after moving to the Bayou City from Jackson, Mississippi late last year. ... See MoreSee Less


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Florinda Garcia CejaIf he came from the zoo I went to in Jackson MS. He will be much happier. That zoo I went to needs to be shut down. It was horrible. I don't particularly like Zoo's but when they are helping animals I am all for it.

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Bekki Fultz HallI'm so happy to see Pumpkin. He looks so happy and also looks like he loves the glass on his enclosure. Please keep posting updates! 💙💙💙💙💙 from Mississippi

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Jennifer Eve GussSofia Siegel and Josh-for my bday next week please take me to visit Pumpkin!!

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Monica SnellWould it be weird if I went to the zoo and just sat and watched the Orangutans all day?


Laura PaniaguaCinthya Bazan Rios show Damian please! Although I'm almost sure he's seen it LOL

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Hayley E. HallPumpkin seems to be very social. He comes up to the glass to say "hi" to the little guests. We loved meeting him!


Kimberly Will Laney-TonkinKaleb Johnson Taylor Johnson we will have to go see him, he moved here from Jackson


Sherrie BagwellWatch your kids! So he can live a long full Happy as can be captive life <3 He is beautiful


Austin VaughnWell ain't you so handsome, Mr. Pumpkin. 31 and looking good.

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Nalpac YeliakHe was very interested in dipping dots

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Mary ArthurI have not seen him outside either. I heard he is usually out in the mornings

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Julie BallAWESOME!!!!😍❤❤❤

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Eva Evette HickeyHe's BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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Vanessa DunsonHe was so sweet!

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Britt ThomasMy nephew absolutely loved Pumpkin!

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Linda TidswellPumpkin is precious😘

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Jennifer Eve GussKevin Smith we must go visit pumpkin !


Nafis BhuiyanZerin Ch... Let's go!

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Penny GwenI keep missing him!!!


Josselyn Beltran😄😄 Bet he wished he could go inside with pumpkin❤


Martha NorthcuttHi pumpkin


Toni H. NobleA very handsome guy!


Chelsea Powell BurkeenLee Cade even this monkey got the hell out of Jackson

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Sabrina GuerreroSofia Slomba you remember this big guy?? 🙂 you LOVED him! 😂❤️


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