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

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.

Memorial Day TXU Energy Scavenger Hunt
May 25, 2015

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It may be hot outside, but the Houston Zoo is cool! Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo.

Join us on Memorial Day for a cool scavenger hunt to the Zoo’s fourteen indoor, air-conditioned buildings. You can pick up your scavenger hunt at either Zoo entrance upon arrival. Visit all 14 locations and redeem your paddle fan for one FREE snow cone, thanks to TXU Energy!

This event is included in your zoo admission and is FREE for zoo members.

Visit the TXU Energy Presents Chill Out page for more fun ways to stay cool this summer!

Elephant Open House
May 30, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what a 10,000 pound animal eats every day? Come find out this and more at our next Elephant Open House! The herd made up of Methai, Tess, Shanti, Thai, Tucker, Baylor, Tupelo and baby Duncan want you to come visit them in their very LARGE home!

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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

Bowling for Rhinos
June 19, 2015

Save endangered wildlife in a fun night of bowling that is perfect for the whole family! Five people are allowed per bowling lane. Don’t have enough people for a full bowling lane? Don’t worry! We will match you with a bowling group. Bowling for Rhinos is presented by the American Association of Zookeepers.

Palace Bowling Lanes
4191 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77025

Choose from one of two bowling sessions:
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

More Information 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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Last Day – Chill Out at the Houston Zoo
September 30, 2015

Houston weather is hot, but the Houston Zoo is cool. Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals.

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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

Saturday, May 23, 2015
9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Black Bears
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Animal Icy Enrichment at the Children’s Zoo Goat Yard
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
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 Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cougars
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk for Turtles at Wortham World of Primates
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
12:30 Animal Ice Pops at Chimps in African Forest
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Box Turtle in the Children’s Zoo Swap Shop
1:00 Natural Encounters: Animal Icy Treats at Meerkats
1:15 Meet the Keeper Talk for Turtle and Tortoise at the Children’s Zoo Plaza
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
1:45 Animal Ice Pops and Chilly Enrichment at Sea Lions
2:00 Natural Encounters: Leopard Tortoise on the BEC Lawn for World Turtle Day
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cheetahs
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
2:15 Animal Sprinklers at Birds on Pheasant Run
2:15 Meet the Keeper Talk for Snapping Turtle at the Children’s Zoo Coastal Pool
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Bugs at the Bug House
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:00 Animal Ice Pops at Gorillas in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Turtles at Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Star Tortoise on the Porch for World Turtle Day