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We're renovating our concessions at Cypress Circle. Look for many other refreshment options at Macaw Cafe, Twiga Cafe and at carts and kiosks around the zoo.

Wednesday, September 17, Kipp Aquarium will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

Saturday, September 20, Twiga Cafe will close early at 5:00 for a private event.

Monday, September 22, Carruth Natural Encounters will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

The week's events
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Nov 10, '13

Celebrate International Orangutan Caring Week


November 10, 2013 

It’s International Orangutan Caring Week! Learn about orangutans and their rainforest habitat at the Houston Zoo. International Orangutan Caring Week is observed globally from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17. The Houston Zoo’s primate staff will conduct a Meet the Keeper Talk at the Wortham World of Primates orangutan habitat daily at 3:30 p.m.
Plus, visit our booth at the orangutan exhibit on the weekend of November 9-10 and shop for painted magnets, photo note cards, orangutan painted jewelry and many other items to raise funds to protect them in the wild. We will have available the beautiful one-of-a-kind orangutan-painted Christmas ornaments, that can only be purchased once a year at this event.
This year we are debuting our own Houston Zoo’s orangutan painted sun catchers. Our orangutans have painted beveled pieces of glass and then keeper add beads to make beautiful one-of-a kind sun catchers.
The staff will have activities for children to participate in — they will be able to try on an orangutan sized sweater to see how they measure up! Kids can also color paper leaves which we will send as a thank you to companies that are committed to using orangutan-friendly (100% RSPO sustainable) palm oil by 2015.
All proceeds from Orangutan Caring Week sales will support the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project that helps orangutan and elephant conservation projects in Indonesia.
Find Out More About Orangutans in the Wild

Breakfast With the Animals: Lions


November 10, 2013

A very special experience exclusively for Zoo members. Go Bananas when you start your day at the Houston Zoo!

Find Out All About This Event

Nov 11, '13 Nov 12, '13 Nov 13, '13 Nov 14, '13

Art of Conservation Opening Reception


November 14, 2013 

The art exhibit will include wildlife art and photography from around the world including original watercolors and limited edition giclées. Featured works will chronicle photographer Paul Swen’s expeditions around the globe to some of the most remote locations in order to protect critically endangered wildlife and their environments. In addition, a selection of artworks from the annual exhibit of the prestigious international artist group, Artists for Conservation, will also be on exhibit.

All proceeds to benefit conservation efforts championed by the Houston Zoo.

The elephant is one of Africa’s most iconic species. It is in peril due to illegal poaching, habitat loss and conflict with local human communities. We need your help today to turn the tide and protect wildlife and communities in Africa.

Exhibition Closes
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gremillion & Co. Fine Art Gallery
2501 Sunset Blvd
Houston, TX 77005


Club HS Scavenger Hunt Safari


November 14, 2013 

Home schooled students: hunt for clues through the Zoo that will lead you to fun, exciting activities. Participants will decipher animal hints to track down their next challenge. See if you and your team can crack the code!
More Info About Club HS Scavenger Hunt Safari

Nov 15, '13 Nov 16, '13

Photo Day at the Houston Zoo


November 16, 2013

If you like to bird watch, take pictures or just enjoy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, this event rolls all three of those into one great morning!
We get our birds up and active early in the morning on this great morning, at Photo Day: You get in before the crowds and snap some great pictures of our birds.
Find Out More About Photo Day

Girl Scout Badge Day


November 16, 2013


Zoo Map
Need help getting around the Zoo? Print this handy map and bring it with you, or just take a look at it.
View the Zoo Map

Today's Shows, Feedings, and Meet the Keeper Talks

Monday September 15, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Madagascar-big-headed-turtle 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 Carnivores
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 Natural Encounters: Mole-rat Encounter at Indoor Drylands
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 Sifaka in Wortham World of Primates
3:30 Natural Encounters: Snake encounter at Indoor Rainforest
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk