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Ethel G. and Allen H. Carruth Natural Encounters

You May Encounter These Animals
fruit bat
NE_Animal_Sakisaki monkey

About Natural Encounters

A journey through Natural Encounters is like an adventure through an entire continent: see animals from the river’s edge, rainforest canopy, desert, and coral reef, all under one air-conditioned roof! Tree branches stretch out over pathways, waterfalls cascade into pools, and animal meet you at every turn. Come nose to nose with some of the world’s most endangered animals as you experience animals up close through large glass viewing panes. You can even crawl right into a see-through tunnel to view piranhas inside their exhibit! As you leave the building, watch meerkats peek out of their burrows while their sentry watches for predators as medical center helicopters fly overhead (they look a little like hawks to meerkats!).

Behind the Scenes

Meet Carey
Carey  has been a zookeeper for ten years, and has been at Houston Zoo for two years. She thoroughly enjoys working with the birds of prey and carnivores.


Meet PJ
PJ started as a primate keeper, but since joining the Houston Zoo she’s expanded her experience to other mammals as well as birds and reptiles. 


Meet Hannah the Binturong
Born in Texas, Hannah grew up at the Houston Zoo and frequently participates in special events and keeper talks at the Zoo where guests can see up close how wonderful she is.

Fruit Bats Hang Out – Google Glass Video


Did You Know?

While you may have never heard of a binturong, you may have heard of the “bearcat”  which is a common misnomer for this animal.