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Spread some holiday cheer to the animals at the Houston Zoo – give them the Gift of Grub!


With over 6,000 animal residents – and their appetites – we have quite the wish list of food needs to fulfill every day, all year long. We are committed to providing the best in nutrition to our animals, including a balanced and varied diet and special enrichment treats. To feed the many snouts, beaks, mouths, trunks and bills at the Houston Zoo each year, it costs $935,000 – imagine our grocery list! The cost of food is continually on the rise and our animal family is ever-growing.

Because feeding our animals is a substantial expense for us each year, we depend on the Gift of Grub campaign to provide significant financial support to help meet the nutritional needs of our animals. Please join our efforts to deliver nourishing meals for our wild gang by making a contribution to this important fundraising endeavor.

Please give the Gift of Grub today! Your generous contribution will help to fulfill the wish list of our wild residents. Thank you in advance for your support and for remembering the animals at the Houston Zoo this holiday season.

For more information, please call 713.533.6849 or email development@houstonzoo.org.

TXU Energy Matches Your Gift

To further emphasize the importance of the Gift of Grub campaign and in an effort to inspire giving, TXU Energy has once again committed to a generous matching gift challenge. For the third year in a row, TXU Energy will double every donation made to the Gift of Grub campaign by December 31, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000! Don’t miss this opportunity for your contribution to have twice the impact on feeding your friends at the Zoo.

Grub Gift Shop

Say happy holidays to your favorite zoo friends with a treat (or two) from the Grub Gift Shop! Browse the items below to learn more about our annual grocery list and how you can give the Gift of Grub to the animals at the Houston Zoo.

Loaves of Loot - $10

Squirmy Snacks - $12

Pass the Pumpkin - $12

Grateful for Grapes - $13

Holly Jolly Juice - $14

Crunchy Carrots - $15

Holiday Hay - $18

Green Cuisine - $18

EGG-ceptional Entrée - $20

Nutty Nourishment - $22

Crank up the Crickets - $22

Grant the Grain - $25

Appetizing Apples - $26

Festive Fish - $28

Wonderful Watermelon - $28

More Meat to Eat - $34

Bone Bonus - $38

'Tis the Season for Shrimp - $42