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Carnivores Exhibits

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Meet Some of Our Carnivores
Fossa
Leopard
Jaguar
African Painted Dog
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Cougar
Maned Wolf

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 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.
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Meet Stephanie
Stephanie has experience from five zoos and sanctuaries around the nation. Her typical day includes training with black bears, clouded leopards and cougars.
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Meet Samamtha
Samantha has worked at the Houston Zoo since 2004. She cares for and trains the jaguar, Malayan tiger, Anatolian shepherd, and her favorite, the African painted dogs.

Cheetahs Take a Walk around the Zoo

Did You Know?


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