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Meet Some of Our Carnivores
African Painted Dog
female-lion-nimueAfrican Lion
berani-tiger-mammal-carnivore-thumbMalayan Tiger
Maned Wolf

About the Carnivores

Lions, tigers, and bears…oh my! Meet the king of the jungle, tigers, jaguars, 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

Carnivore Keeper Stephanie
Stephanie has experience from five zoos and sanctuaries around the nation. Her typical day includes training with black bears, clouded leopards and cougars.
Senior Keeper Samamtha
Samantha has worked at the Houston Zoo since 2004. The carnivores she trains and cares for include the jaguar, Malayan tiger, and the African painted dogs.
Feeding the Carnivores
Our carnivores consume a total of over 80 pounds of meat a day. Staff wake well before the sun rises to make sure each animal gets a fresh breakfast!

ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program Internship

The Carnivore department has a paid intern this summer! This internship offers valuable hands-on keeper experience as as well as helping this excellent department care for all their animals. Thank you to ExxonMobil, whose generous support makes this internship possible.


Tiger “Berani” On His First Day

Did You Know?

A lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away!

Clouded leopards are excellent tree climbers, and can run headfirst down trees.

No two African painted dogs share the same pattern of red, yellow, white, brown, and black-colored patches of fur on their coats.

Over 50% of the fossa’s diet in the wild is made up of lemurs, though they do eat reptiles and insects as well.