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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.

The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is closed this weekend for maintenance.

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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Jul 28, '13

International Tiger Day


July 28, 2013 

Celebrate tigers and tiger conservation! We’ll be doing special talks throughout the day at the tiger exhibit, and they will receive some special enrichment treats. The Houston Zoo is partnering with the Tiger Conservation Campaign run by the Minnesota Zoo to protect this amazing carnivore in the wild. This event is free with your zoo admission.

Special Meet the Keeper Talks at Malayan Tiger: 10 a.m., 11:30, 3 p.m.
Tiger Enrichment and Interpretation 1:30 p.m.

More about tiger conservation at the Houston Zoo

Jul 29, '13 Jul 30, '13 Jul 31, '13 Aug 1, '13

Lionfish Collection and Handling Workshop


August 1, 2013

All divers, fishers, and ocean enthusiasts are encouraged to attend this lionfish workshop from Reef, an active organzation of divers and marine enthusiasts committed to ocean conservation. Funded by a grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Keri Kenning and Lad Akins will be traveling to twenty cities throughout the South East United States to teach lionfish collecting and handling workshops. Workshop topics include background of the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development, and ways to get involved.

Workshops are free of charge and open to the public, but registration is required.
Visit www.reef.org to register.
Questions? E-mail reefhq@reef.org or call 305-852-0030

Aug 2, '13

TXU Energy Presents Cool Nights: Wild About Water!


August 2, 2013

Make a splash at Cool Nights this Friday as we celebrate “Wild About Water!” This week kids can go fishing, play bean bag toss and learn about the importance of marine conservation. Don’t forget your swimsuit because THIS FRIDAY ONLY the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park will be open for extended hours, until 7:30!

Guests can also sing and dance along with Tom’s Fun Band and enjoy an exciting ice-sculpting performance by Reverend Butter. Want to learn more about the chimpanzees and a few of our aquatic animals? Join us for special Meet the Keeper Talks at the chimpanzees at 6 p.m. and the Kipp Aquarium at 6:30 p.m.

As always, all Cool Nights activities begin at 5 p.m. and are included in your Zoo admission and FREE for Zoo Members.

Aug 3, '13

Spotlight on Species: Painted Dogs


August 3, 2013

On Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, join us at the African painted dog exhibit for a very special Spotlight on Species, included in your Zoo admission.

There will be fun activities, keeper chats, and opportunities to learn all about African painted dogs and our partnership with Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe. We hope to see you there!


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

Friday September 19, 2014
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk on venomous snakes in the Reptile House
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
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 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 Fat-tailed gerbils encounter on the porch in Natural Encounters
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 red-tailed guenons in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Three-banded armadillo encounter on the porch in Natural Encounters