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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, 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


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