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We are excited to announce a new option for parking during the busy days of Spring Break. Check the spring break parking page for all the details on this 3,000 car parking lot and free shuttle to the Houston Zoo!

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.

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

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

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Member Morning: Natural Encounters
March 7, 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

Spring Break Parking and Traffic Tips
March 7, 2015

Spring Break is a fun time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful spring weather and visit the Houston Zoo! Expect heavy traffic in and around the park during Spring Break. Parking is limited in Hermann Park, and motor vehicle access to the Park may be restricted to prevent gridlock. Find out your best parking options and how to best navigate the traffic, so you'll have more time for Zoo fun!

Spring Break Parking and Traffic Tips

Save a Turtle Saturday
March 7, 2015

Visit the Zoo during this special event to learn how the Houston Zoo works to save turtles around the world, and find out how you can make a difference to your local turtles. Save a Turtle Saturday focuses on the threats and dangers facing marine and land-based turtles around the world.

During Save a Turtle Saturday, guests and children can participate in a variety of games and activities to learn more about the threats turtles face, and how you can help!

All activities are free with Zoo admission.

Free City-Wide Block Party
March 21, 2015

The Houston Zoo is Bringing Silverbacks
Free city-wide block party

Saturday, March 21
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Houston Food Park
1311 Leeland St.
Houston, TX 77002

The Houston Zoo is Bringing Silverbacks in a BIG way and we want you to celebrate with us! You’ve seen the incredible murals around town celebrating the return of gorillas to the Houston Zoo, and we’re throwing a city-wide block party at one of the murals! Meet the amazing gorilla mural artists, enjoy food from local food trucks*, and learn more about our seven western lowland gorillas and their new Houston Zoo home.

Map of 1131 Leeland St. on Google Maps

Want to do something to help gorillas in the wild while you’re there? Bring a cell phone to recycle and participate in our Action for Apes campaign!

More Information About Action for Apes

*food and beverages available for purchase

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

Educators: Field Experience Workshops
April 7, 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

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

Educator Workshop: Elements of EduTainment
April 16, 2015

Students losing focus? Hard to get them excited about concepts? Join us for a day full of boredom busting strategies, zoo tours and animal visitors. In this workshop, discover techniques that are sure to educate while entertaining students…EduTainment!

This event is currently sold out.

More Information about this and other Educator Events

African Painted Dog Researcher Peter Blinston
April 17, 2015

An evening of wine and wild stories of African painted dogs

Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo

African Painted Dog researcher Peter Blinston fell in love with these unique dogs while watching documentaries growing up in his native England. He has been working to protect painted dogs for twelve years now and serves as Managing Director for Painted Dog Conservation.

Join us for an intimate evening of wine and stories of protecting the endangered African Painted Dogs in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

More Information and Registration

Brownie and Junior Scout Badge Day
April 18, 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.

All About Scout Badge Days

Zoo Ball
April 18, 2015

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Zoo Ball: An Evening in Africa
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

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT

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

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

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

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

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!

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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Wednesday March 4, 2015
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bat Exhibit 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 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 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Otter Exhibit in The Children’s Zoo
3:15 Birthday Party for Ginger Goat in the Petting area! in The Children’s Zoo
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Lemurs in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters