Alerts

The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is now open daily – check the Activities webpage for all the details.

Saturday, May 2, Natural Encounters and the Jaguar habitat will close early at 5:30 for private events.

April 30 and May 1 the zoo will close early for Zoobilee. Last entry for non-members is 3:30; members may enter until 4:00, then gates re-open for this members-only event at 5:00.

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 to the bottom of this page to see Today's Schedule.

Zoobilee
April 30, 2015

Zoobilee 2015
Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 1, 2015
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Zoo members are exclusively invited to attend this special event! At this event you can get to know our animals better at our Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66, play a variety of games, get your adrenaline pumping on our giant inflatables, dance along with our children’s DJ, plus enjoy free Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides and top off your evening with free ice cream!

Find Out More and Register for Zoobilee 2015

Zoobilee
May 1, 2015

Zoobilee 2015
Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 1, 2015
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Zoo members are exclusively invited to attend this special event! At this event you can get to know our animals better at our Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66, play a variety of games, get your adrenaline pumping on our giant inflatables, dance along with our children’s DJ, plus enjoy free Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides and top off your evening with free ice cream!

Find Out More and Register for Zoobilee 2015

Member Morning: Bug House and Wombat
May 2, 2015

Members: join us for a free member morning, a benefit just for you!

The Zoo will open one hour early at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members only. See animals just as they come outside for the day, a time of day when they are most active.

You’ll also get a special Meet the Keeper Talk at 8:30 a.m. This event is always FREE for Zoo Members and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More about Member Mornings and other Members Only Events

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.

More Information and Registration

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.
 
Find Out More and Register

Binturong Spotlight on Species (SOS)
May 9, 2015

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The binturong is also known as a bearcat, which you might know as a popular university mascot. But this long-haired mammal is neither a bear nor a cat; it’s a member of the civet family originating in Southeast Asia. There they are under threat in the wild from deforestation and palm oil plantations.

Our binturong Hannah is zoo-born and raised, and will be coming out for this special event to do some training exercises with her keepers. Come find out all about them and see Hannah the binturong! We’ll have some binturong-themed activities for you to join in!

Look for the event on the lawn opposite the meerkat habitat. This event is free for zoo members and included with your paid zoo admission.

Educator Workshop: Beyond Icebreakers and Word Walls
May 14, 2015

Discover new techniques for exploring vocabulary and energizing your classroom! Identify strategies to build relationships and increase teamwork among your students. These tactics and techniques can be utilized with all grade levels.

More Information about this and other Educator Events

Flock: Gorilla Preview Cocktail
May 14, 2015

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Flock members: FREE
Non-members: $35 in advance, $50 at the door

Spend an evening exploring the brand new gorilla habitat before it opens to the public! Mix and mingle with animal ambassadors and sip on refreshing cocktails. (Gorilla habitat tours are from 6:00 pm. to 7:30 p.m. only)

Flock is the Zoo’s donor club for young professionals and encourages involvement for Zoo enthusiasts age 21 and up. Flock members enjoy four exclusive events at the Zoo each year including three cocktail parties and the annual Beastly Brunch.

More Info about Flock and the Gorilla Preview Cocktail

Member Preview: Gorillas
May 16, 2015

Begins at Noon on May 16
May 16 – 21

Can’t wait to see Gorillas at the Houston Zoo? As a Houston Zoo member, you will be offered the opportunity to see Gorillas during a special, members only preview before the exhibit opens to the public.

Find Out More About the Gorilla Member Preview

Wild Winks Zoo Overnights – Spring 2015
May 30, 2015

Spend the night at the Zoo on a Wild Winks overnight for a fun-filled and totally unique after-hours experience. All overnights include interactive activities, touchable animals, pizza dinner, and a continental breakfast.

Wild Winks dates for Spring 2015 run through May 30. Get your reservation today to secure your spot! Online registration for overnights closes the Sunday before the scheduled program. Please note, a minimum of 15 participants must be in attendance to conduct overnights.

Wild Winks Information, Available Dates and Registration

Last Week of Camp Zoofari
August 3, 2015

This is the last week of Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo for summer 2015.

Summer 2015 Camp Zoofari

10 weeks of fun educational camps
June 1 – August 7

More Information

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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Zoo Closed on Christmas Day
December 25, 2015

The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year. We are closed on Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

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December 31, 2015

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Daily Schedule

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

Today’s Meet the Keeper Talks and Shows

Friday April 24, 2015
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Amphibian Q & A at Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper at the Children’s Zoo Swap Shop for an alligator chat
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00 Story Safari at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
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 Great horned owl encounter on the porch in Natural Encounters
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
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
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Orangutans in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Straw colored fruit bat meet the keeper chat in Natural Encounters