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
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.
Blue-Tongued Skink This unique reptile is a regular feature in Keeper Talks in Natural Encounters. Stop by to see it, and you might even get to pet one!
Tamandua Talks The next time you’re at the zoo, check the schedule to see if a Tamandua Talk is scheduled in Natural Encounters. These cool animals live behind the scenes but come out regularly for a walk and a Meet the Keeper Talk!
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 another name for this animal.
Meerkats normally employ a sentry to look out and alert the others of threats from above.
Deforestation and habitat loss throughout the golden lion tamarin range has resulted in this animal receiving an endangered status.