Alerts

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

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.

Party for the Planet
April 19, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a Party for the Planet and learn how protecting our environment saves wildlife! We will have plenty of activities, crafts, music and more to make this Earth Day memorable.

All Party for the Planet activities are included with your paid Zoo admission. This event is free for Zoo Members.

Find Out More About Party for the Planet

Educators: Field Experience Workshop
April 22, 2015

Want to know how to make the most of your school trip to the Houston Zoo? Join us at one of the Field Experience Workshops as we identify learning opportunities around the Zoo and strategies to ensure your field trip is a success! This experience will take place on Zoo grounds from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

More Information about this and other Educator Events

Tapir Spotlight on Species (SOS)
April 25, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a Spotlight on Species all about the tapir! Throughout the day we will have fun activities for everyone to play, a photo op with our “camera trap”, and a chance for you to help provide enrichment to our very own tapir, Noah!

The Houston Zoo is home to Noah, a Baird’s tapir. There are four species of tapir, including three Latin American species: Baird’s, Lowland, and Mountain. (The Malayan tapir is the only species that is located in Asia.)

The Houston Zoo partners with the Tapir Specialist Group to support field research of these incredible animals. Come by our tapir yard to learn all about tapirs and how the Houston Zoo helps them in the wild!

Look for the event at the tapir habitat, located near the #10 on your zoo map. This event is free for zoo members and is included with your paid zoo admission.

Dia del Niño
April 26, 2015

Many nations throughout the world celebrate Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, to honor and celebrate children who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. Here at the Houston Zoo, we will be joining in the celebration with games, activities and music just for kids!

Muchos países alrededor del mundo celebran el Día del Niño o Children’s Day, para honorar y celebrar a los niños, quienes representan las esperanzas y sueños de la comunidad. El domingo, 26 de abril, aquí en el Zoo de Houston seremos parte de la celebración, ¡con juegos, actividades y música sólo para niños!

This event is included with your paid admission, and it is free for Houston Zoo Members!

Este evento está incluido con tu entrada pagada y, ¡es gratis para los miembros del Zoo de Houston!

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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

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
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Today’s Meet the Keeper Talks and Shows

Friday April 17, 2015
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Amphibian question and answer at Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the bat cave in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
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 Lion window
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 Hedgehog tenrec encounter at the indoor rainforest exhibit
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 Babirusa in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Rainbow boa encounter at the indoor rainforest exhibit