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Kipp Aquarium is closed for renovation through February 13. See the sea life – jellies, piranha, coral reef and more – in Natural Encounters.

Today's Shows, Feedings, and Talks

Catch a sea lion show, see the elephants' bath, or maybe even touch a snake or an armadillo! We have more than a dozen Meet the Keeper Talks every day. Times vary; scroll down to see Today's Schedule.

The Scoop on Poop is a FREE special exhibition – here for a limited time! Through March 29.

Free Afternoon
February 3, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Wild Wheels
February 5, 2015

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Zoo Yoga
February 7, 2015

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! We will discover different types of animals and explore their unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses.

Whether you are new to yoga or just looking to strengthen your practice, we will discover how you can make a difference for animals, both locally and world wide.

Spring Class Dates:
February 7, March 3, April 11, May 2

All classes are 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Find out more and Register

Flock: 6th Annual Beastly Brunch
February 8, 2015

Join us for Flock's 6th Annual Beastly Brunch! Come for brunch, stay for exclusive animal interactions. Featuring music by DJ Little Martin. All proceeds support the Houston Zoo's animal care, education programs and wildlife conservation efforts.

Admission to this event is FREE for Flock members! Flock is the Zoo’s donor club for young professionals and encourages involvement for Zoo enthusiasts age 21 and up.

More Information about Flock and the Beastly Brunch

National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore
February 8, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Special Venue: The Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, TX 77004

$15 Members. $20 Non-members. All sales final.

More than half of the world’s species are threatened with extinction, and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every captive species on Earth for the Photo Ark. After nine years, thousands of species are on board so far. In this presentation of photos, videos, and amazing stories, go behind the scenes with Joel as he travels around Asia to photograph creatures unlike any you’ve seen before.

More Information and Tickets

Educator Workshop: Boost Your Budget
February 12, 2015

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Minimal classroom funding? Spending your own money in your classroom? Join us for a day dedicated to utilizing and making the most of low cost supplies. In this workshop, explore the world of paper goods to design and create interactive classroom activities such as shoebox science stations, paper foldables, and bag sorters.

More Info and Registration

Wild Wheels
February 19, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Daisy Badge Day – Girl Scouts
February 21, 2015

Girl Scouts can earn a variety of badges, achievements, and electives in these fun filled days, jam-packed with classroom activities and Zoo tours based on individual requirements.

Daisy Day
Saturday, February 21, 2015
AM Session- 9:30am-11:30am
PM Session- 1:00pm-3:00pm

$5 off a PM session when you register for an AM session!

All About Girl Scout Badge Day

6th Annual Ambassadors Gala – presented by the Thompson & Knight Foundation
February 21, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Join the Houston Zoo Ambassadors on Saturday, February 21, 2015 for the 6th Annual Ambassadors Gala presented by the Thompson and Knight Foundation! With over 300 guests expected, this year’s Gala will be another evening of fantastic food and drink from Houston’s finest eateries and amazing animal experiences at the Houston Zoo!

More information and tickets

Home School: Vertebrate Ventures
February 26, 2015

Join us as we cruise through the Zoo! We’ll have front of the scene tours including opportunities to see and touch animal artifacts such as skulls and skins. After the tour, we’ll rest for a bit and meet a special animal ambassador.
 
Remember: If you are a Club H.S. member, this day is included in your membership.
 
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Zoo Yoga
March 3, 2015

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! We will discover different types of animals and explore their unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses.

Whether you are new to yoga or just looking to strengthen your practice, we will discover how you can make a difference for animals, both locally and world wide.

Spring Class Dates:
February 7, March 3, April 11, May 2

All classes are 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Find out more and Register

Free Afternoon
March 3, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Wild Wheels
March 5, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Giant Armadillo Researcher Dr. Arnaud Desbiez
March 5, 2015

Ever heard of a Giant Armadillo? Come and hear about what is being done to save this incredible species from extinction.

Dr. Arnaud Desbiez
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., speaker begins at 7 p.m.
Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo

More information

Wild Wheels
March 26, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Last Day for the Scoop on Poop
March 29, 2015

Special Exhibition – here for a limited time!
Open December 22 through March 29
Brown Education Center in the Houston Zoo

Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, eagles and elephants do it, yet poop is one of those subjects we find difficult to talk about with a straight face. Kids, however, are positively fascinated by it, and poop is interesting stuff, really! Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off – some even eat it. With a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.

More Information on the Scoop on Poop Special Exhibition

Wild Wheels
April 2, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Free Afternoon
April 7, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Zoo Yoga
April 11, 2015

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! We will discover different types of animals and explore their unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses.

Whether you are new to yoga or just looking to strengthen your practice, we will discover how you can make a difference for animals, both locally and world wide.

Spring Class Dates:
February 7, March 3, April 11, May 2

All classes are 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Find out more and Register

Wild Wheels
April 16, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Zoo Ball
April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Honoring: Annie & Bob Graham and BBVA Compass
Co-Chairs: Scott McClelland and Jim Postl
Auction Co-Chairs: Alie Pruner and Leigh Stubbs

While for many Africa is a distant destination shrouded in mystery and lush landscapes, you can escape to this curious continent for just one evening. Join the Houston Zoo for an awe-inspiring adventure: Zoo Ball 2015—An Evening in Africa.

More Information on Zoo Ball

Zoo Yoga
May 2, 2015

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! We will discover different types of animals and explore their unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses.

Whether you are new to yoga or just looking to strengthen your practice, we will discover how you can make a difference for animals, both locally and world wide.

Spring Class Dates:
February 7, March 3, April 11, May 2

All classes are 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Find out more and Register

Free Afternoon
May 5, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Wild Wheels
May 7, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Home School: Wildlife Games
May 7, 2015

On your mark, get set, LEARN! In this fun-filled day, the whole family will get a chance to exercise their minds as well as their bodies as we play games to demonstrate concepts such as predator/prey relationships, working together as a pack, and more. Game time will also include data collection skills and interpretation.
 
Remember: If you are a Club H.S. member, this day is included in your membership.
 
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Free Afternoon
September 1, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Free Afternoon
October 6, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Free Afternoon
November 3, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Free Afternoon
December 1, 2015

The Houston Zoo offers free admission to our guests on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes Zoo admission only and does not apply to the carousel, giraffe feeding, Zoo Lights or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter on free afternoons; get them at the gate or ahead of time here and skip the lines at the gate!

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Subscribe to our E-News
December 31, 2015

Subscribe to our e-newsletter, and get the latest info on upcoming events, animal births and arrivals, and all the news from the Houston Zoo!

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Daily Schedule

TIMES ARE UPDATED EVERY MORNING
Meet the Keeper Talks are generously sponsored by Phillips 66

Sunday, January 25, 2015
10:00   Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30   Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bug House in Children’s Zoo
11:00   Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00    Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
11:00    Story Safari at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
11:30    Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30    Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
12:00   Meet the Keeper Talk at the Patas Monkey Exhibit in Wortham World of Primates
12:00   Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30   Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00     Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk outside at the Meerkat Exhibit
1:30     Natural Encounters: Great Horned Owl Keeper Talk outside on the BEC Lawn
1:30     Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30     Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
1:30     Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00     Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:00     Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:30     Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
2:30     Natural Encounters: Snake Encounter Inside at the Porch
3:00     Natural Encounters: Mole-rat Keeper talk at the Drylands Exhibit
3:00     Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:30     Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
3:30     Meet the Keeper Talk at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
4:00     Natural Encounters: Frog Keeper talk at the Rainforest Exhibit