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Gifts for Every Season

Give a Gift That’s Wild This Year!

Make the season Naturally Wild when you do your shopping at the Houston Zoo. Whether you’re shopping for a family member, friend, teacher, or co-worker, when you choose a cuddly Adopt an Animal package, a gift Membership, a behind-the-scenes tour, or an unforgettable animal painting experience, they’ll love their unique gift. And, you’ll be giving twice – to your gift recipient and to the Houston Zoo.

The Zoo’s special holiday offers are valid until December 31, 2013 and may not be combined with any other offer. Shop in person, by phone or online. Orders take up to 7 business days to process, so shop early!  Proceeds directly benefit the Houston Zoo and the care of our amazing animals.

Gift Memberships

This holiday season, what will you buy for your dad, teacher, that favorite aunt who really loves nature, or your hard-to-buy-for grandmother? We have the solution…

A Houston Zoo membership is a gift that keeps on giving all year long. Give the gift of a Houston Zoo Membership to your family or friends and give the opportunity to visit the African Forrest as often as they would like for one full year! So why not give a gift that will provide a year’s worth of memories?


Download a printable holiday gift certificate to give before cards arrive

Purchase a Gift Membership

Your membership payment is Tax Deductible!

If you have the Individual, Family, Family Plus, Grandparent or Supporting level membership, the fair market value of your benefits is not substantial and therefore the entire amount you paid is tax deductible.

If you have the Sustaining level membership, the fair market value of your benefits is $53 leaving a total of $197 that is tax deductible.

If you have a Conservator level membership, the fair market value of your benefits is $153 leaving a total of $347 that is tax deductible.

Help Give the Gift of Grub

With more than 6,000 animal residents (and their appetites) we have quite the wish list of food needs to fulfill every day. Their daily diets and favorite enrichment treats vary almost as much as the animals themselves.

Chimps like to chow down on fruits and veggies while the sea lions wish for a  feast of fish. Crickets and mealworms make the meerkats merry…. will you help provide their favorite dish?

We spend more than $935,000 each year to feed the many snouts, beaks, trunks, mouths and bills at the Houston Zoo. Join us in our 4th annual Gift of Grub campaign by making a contribution to help provide nourishing meals and enrichment treats to our animal family.

To encourage and inspire giving, TXU Energy has generously offered – for the third year – to match any donation made to our Gift of Grub campaign, up to $50,000 through December 31! That means your contribution will be doubled and worth twice as much to provide food for your favorite Zoo pals.


Will Your Employer Match Your Donation?

Did you know you may be able to double or even triple your Houston Zoo contribution at no cost to you?  And it is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!  Many employers will match your current contribution. (Matching gift do not change your membership level but the additional gift is a huge help to the Zoo)

Contact your Human Resources Department directly in order to find out if your employer has a matching gifts program.

1. Obtain the form from your HR department.
2. Fill out the form and send it to the Zoo along with your gift
3. Feel great knowing you helped your Zoo even more.

Adopt an Animal


Find the perfect gift in just a few clicks with an Adopt at the Houston Zoo!

Your gift recipient will receive an Adopt kit that includes a beautiful certificate suitable for framing and a fact sheet about their animal. If you adopt at the Keeper level your recipient will also get an animal plush, two free tickets to the Zoo, and more. Your loved one will be delighted to know that your contribution helps with the care and feeding of their animal as well as our education conservation programs.


Animal Art

2010 PHP Paintings

This is truly the gift for the person who has everything. Here’s an opportunity to own a truly unique masterpiece. Give the animal lover in your life their very own animal painting by one of our resident artists.

Visit the Animal Paintings webpage to see the animal artists ready to create a masterpiece for you!



Malayan Tiger Training

Feed a tiger meat on a skewer, toss a fish to an otter or a shark, or see how we hand-raise tiny chicks and are helping to save endangered birds. These are just a few of the exciting things that could happen on a Behind the Scenes Tour at the Houston Zoo. Join us as you take an unforgettable look at the Zoo from the inside out!


Gift Shops

Choose a gift for someone special at one of the Houston Zoo’s gift shops. There’s a vast selection of t-shirts, adorable stuffed animals, animal-related toys and wild items. We also feature a selection of hand-crafted objects from our conservation partners in other countries, and a portion of proceeds from these items help save animals in the wild.