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Social Events


From cocktail parties to class reunions, have your party at the Houston Zoo – you can be sure your guests will be buzzing about your event long after the party ends. Enjoy everything from an unforgettable pool-side evening on our sea lion deck to a lush tropical rainforest setting with cascading waterfalls in our Natural Encounters building.

Venue Options

Explore the special event venues below. These spaces are ordered with your guest count in mind. Whichever you choose, the Special Events staff at the zoo will work with you to make your private event elegant and unique.

New Venues at Gorillas

Three new venues are available for your private event beginning in the summer of 2015, within our brand new Gorillas habitat area. Make your reservation today and reserve your chosen space.

Nau Family Gorilla Treehouse – up to 60 guests
The Robert & Janice McNair Foundation Great Ape Gallery – up to 60 guests
Gorilla Arrival Building – up to 60 guests

Choose from our Many Venue Options

The Onstead Foundation Chimpanzee Habitat -
up to 60 guests
Sea Lion Deck - up to 60 guests
Herbert A. & Elizabeth N. Kipp Memorial Aquarium -
up to 60 guests
Twiga Café - up to 90 guests
The Carruth Natural Encounters Building - up to 100 guests
Reptile House - up to 100 guests
Jaguar Habitat - up to 120 guests
The Brown Education Center - up to 150 guests
Karamu Outpost - up to 200 guests
Masihara Pavilion - up to 400 guests
Reflection Pool - up to 1,500 guests
Reserve the Entire Zoo


“Our event went off perfectly…The personnel we worked with were very accommodating towards our requests and helped me ensure that we had a very fun day. The food and venue were good for our size group…We also got to feed the giraffes which was an awesome experience.”
– Cynthia Smith

“Recently hosted an event at the Houston Zoo’s Natural Encounters venue, very unique and intimate setting, and perfect for my group size. The food was terrific and the staff was great. Definitely would return!”
– Chris Barrett

“The Houston Zoo is the best place/venue to hold our fundraising events. The event coordination staff is phenomenal and very patient working with clients. We have all our fundraising events at the Houston Zoo!”
– Alex Urband, Epilepsy Foundation Texas


We provide extensive, full-service catering detailed to fit your specific party needs. By serving locally sourced and sustainable products, we have the capabilities and resources to make your business luncheon, intimate dinner, or stunning gala a truly unique event experience.

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Event Enhancements

If you’re looking to have the most unique special event in town, we’ve got plenty of exciting experiences and extras to ensure your guests have the best time. From animal experiences to beautiful décor, we can help you create the perfect party.

Animal Experience
Scavenger Hunt
Conservation Wristbands
DJ and Bands
Upgraded Linens

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Questions? Need Pricing? For more information, fill out our convenient form, and a Houston Zoo Special Events representative will contact you with all the answers.

Houston Zoo Special Events