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Carnivores Exhibits

Meet Some of Our Carnivores
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About the Carnivores Exhibits

Lions, tigers, and bears…oh my! Meet the king of the jungle, tigers, jaguars, grizzly bears, fossa, and so many other carnivores as you trek through the wilds of the Houston Zoo. Your journey through the Carnivores exhibits will require a keen sense of sight –keep your eyes peeled in the small cats exhibits, because they like to hide – and their coats provide the perfect camouflage. Also, don’t miss the University of Houston’s mascot, Shasta the cougar! Think cats don’t like the water? Think again! Stop by to visit the tigers, and you might just see them taking a dip in their moat. Take a close-up peek at the lions in the lion tunnel, where you may be able to observe our lion girls playing with special toys and treats.

Behind the Scenes

Meet Angie
Angie was born in Texas, and started working in the Children’s Zoo in 2002.  Out of all the carnivores, Lions are her favorite because of the social dynamic within the pride.


Meet Kevin
Kevin is one of the supervisors in the Carnivore Department and has been working at the Houston Zoo since June of 2000, starting out in the Children’s Zoo.  


Meet Sara
Sara is a Carnivore Supervisor and has been working in the zoo field for over 20 years, 8.5 of those have been at the Houston Zoo.

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Did You Know?

Snow leopards use their extremely long tail for balance while jumping and navigating rough terrain.