Welcome to the Houston Zoo!

More Info


More Info


Barn Cam
Platform Cam

More Info

John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo

Fun at the Children’s Zoo
CZ_Goat_Yardpetting zoo
cool animals
bat cave
Exhibits_CZ_Swap_ShopSwap Shop
CZ_Butterfly_Pavilionbutterfly pavilion
CZ_Keeper_Talkkeeper talks

About the McGovern Children’s Zoo

Watch a river otter play underwater, explore a realistic bat cave, get up close and personal with the goats and sheep in the petting area, and watch an entertaining show in the butterfly pavilion! The Children’s Zoo takes you through forty exhibits showcasing the six ecosystems of Texas: the city, Gulf Coast, desert, forest, prairie, and farm. If the kids need to burn of a little energy, visit the playground so they can jump, slide, and climb. As you stroll through, don’t forget to stop by the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, where you can bring items that you find in nature and trade them for natural items in our collection.

Behind the Scenes

Meet Amber
In addition to her keeper responsibilities, Amber is a self-proclaimed goat whisperer. Stop by to see Amber, and maybe she’ll fill you in on the latest goat gossip.


Meet Courtney
Courtney works as an animal keeper in the Children’s Zoo. She loves watching the young one’s faces light up as they experience the animals up close.


Meet Kim
Kim has worked at the Zoo since 1991 and is a supervisor in the Children’s Zoo.  Her favorite animals are canids and she is the studbook keeper for the swift fox.

Journey through the Children’s Zoo

Did You Know?

The porcupine is the second largest rodent in North America next to the beaver…and an adult has an average of 30,000 quills!