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The Houston Zoo will close early on December 24 at 3 p.m., with the last entry at 2 p.m. We will be closed on December 25. TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will not be open December 24 or 25.

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.

Spider-Man and Iron Man! Marvel Character Appearances
December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Brown Education Center (just past meerkats)

You’ve read the books and seen the movies. Now meet your favorite superheroes in person at the Houston Zoo! Spider-Man and Iron Man will be at the Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 & 11, to greet guests and pose for photos.

Wear your favorite superhero costume and bring your camera to capture all the fun! Make your way to the Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo to meet these incredible Avengers.

Parents take note: while Spider-Man and Iron Man will be out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, they will take a few brief breaks during this time.

This amazing event is included in your regular Zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo members.

Breakfast With Santa
December 17, 2016

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time for Breakfast with Santa! Get your tickets early, as this Member only event sells out quickly. You have two dates to choose from: Saturday December 10 or 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m.

More Information and Tickets

Closing Early on Christmas Eve
December 24, 2016

The Houston Zoo will close early on December 24 at 3 p.m., with the last entry at 2 p.m. TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is not open December 24 or 25.

Closed on Christmas Day
December 25, 2016

The Houston Zoo will be closed on December 25. TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will also be closed.

Camp Zoofari Winter Holiday Camps
December 26, 2016 - December 30, 2016

Your school break just got wild! Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 through 12 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them.

Single Day Camps
Monday – Friday, December 26 – December 30

More Information and Registration

Member Morning at the Bug House
January 7, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 18, 2016 - January 15, 2017

November 18 - January 15
Member Preview Nights November 16 & 17
Closed December 24 & 25

Get all the Info About Zoo Lights

Zoo Closed January 18 for Maintenance
January 18, 2017

The Zoo will be closed to the public on Wednesday, January 18th. This closure will allow us to tackle a number of maintenance projects throughout the Zoo that are challenging to accomplish while the Zoo is open to the public. We will close for one day, quickly and efficiently get projects completed, so we can continue to provide you with an exceptional experience on your next Zoo visit!

Member Morning at the Reptile & Amphibian House
February 4, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning at the Kipp Aquarium
March 4, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Wild Winks Zoo Overnights – Spring 2017
March 18, 2017

Various Fridays and Saturdays in the Spring 2017

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, guided flashlight tours, a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and more!

Register in advance - these events frequently fill up, and online registration for overnights closes the Sunday before the scheduled program.

More Information and Registration

Member Morning Featuring Attwater’s Prairie Chickens
April 1, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Zoobilee
April 6, 2017 - April 7, 2017

Zoobilee is a Zoo-wide annual bash to celebrate and thank our membership. It is typically held on two evenings in the late spring, when we close the zoo early for non-members. In addition to having the zoo open just for members, there’s tons of fun to be had, including activities and special treats.

Save the date for Zoobilee 2017: April 6th and 7th!

More Information About Zoobilee and Other Member Events

Member Morning With the Bears
May 6, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning With the Sea Lions
June 3, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning in the Children’s Zoo
July 1, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning: African Painted Dogs
August 5, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning: African Monkeys
September 2, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning with the Cheetahs
October 7, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning with the Okapi
November 5, 2017

On this morning, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning with the Lions
December 2, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

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December 31, 2017

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Daily Schedule

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

Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Otter Exhibit in Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cheetahs
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
1:00 Meet the Keeper Kenyan San Boa Talk at 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 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 Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Straw-Colored Fruit Bat Exhibit in Natural Encounters