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These one-of-a-kind experiences include a behind-the-scenes peek into the back of house animal areas, a meet-the-keeper experience with an expert from the Zoo’s animal care team, and an unforgettable up-close and personal animal experience with the Zoo’s most prestigious animal ambassadors.

All Tours are 45 minutes
Times vary; see descriptions below
Zoo Members, per person $50
Non Members, per person $75 (includes Zoo admission)

Some tours are available for same-day purchase on site, some require advanced registration; see details of each tour below.

Questions? Email us at or call 713-533-6500.

Featured Animal Tours


Reptiles and Amphibians
Mondays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Tuesdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Carruth Natural Encounters
Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Sea Lions
Thursdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Fridays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Saturdays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Cat Training Window - Lions or Tigers
Sundays 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Cheetah Walk Tour
First and third Wednesday of each month, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Exclusive VIP Experience
Looking for something extra special? Want to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience? Contact us at 713-533-6500 or to find out about arranging a VIP Animal Experience.
Starting at $1200.00


Guests with Special Needs

Certain tours are accessible for guests using wheelchairs. They include Animal Nutrition Building, Bird Exhibits, Carruth Natural Encounters, Elephants, Rhinos, Gorillas and Sea Lions.

If you or a member of your group uses a wheelchair, please contact 713-533-6500 or email so we can make accommodations where possible. Service animals are not permitted on any behind-the-scenes tours.

Other Memorable Tour Options


Gorilla Tour
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Animal Nutrition Building
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
Kipp Aquarium
Thursdays 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Fridays 12:45 -1:30 p.m.
Tropical Bird House
Saturdays 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
John P. McGovern Children's Zoo - The Bug House
Fridays 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
John P. McGovern Children's Zoo - Program Animals
Sundays 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Carruth Natural Encounters - Aquatic Exhibits
Sundays 11:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Vet for a Day Experience

© Houston Zoo/Stephanie Adams

Get ready to spend an exciting morning checking up on the Zoo’s animal residents during this exclusive behind-the-scenes experience. Shadow one of Houston’s busiest veterinarians as they make their rounds of the Zoo. Experience may include opportunity to watch live medical procedures.

8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday – Friday
Zoo Members, per person $200
Non-Members, per person $240

Advanced Registration Required