Alerts

Friday, June 3, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry is 3 p.m. and we close at 4 p.m.

The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is open for the season, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We close for a portion of the day when the weather is below 70 degrees or due to thunderstorms, to protect your health and safety.

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.

Cool Scavenger Hunt
May 30, 2016

Join us on Memorial Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a cool scavenger hunt to the Zoo’s 13 indoor, air-conditioned buildings. You can pick up your scavenger hunt at either Zoo entrance upon arrival. Visit all 13 locations and redeem your scavenger hunt for one FREE sno cone, thanks to TXU Energy!

This event is included with your Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

Zoo Closes Early Today
June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry is 3 p.m. and we close at 4 p.m.

Member Morning: West Hoofed Run (Giant Eland, Okapi and Gazelle)
June 4, 2016

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. once a 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 (presented by Phillips 66) 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

World Oceans Day
June 11, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

It’s a well-known fact that the oceans make up a VERY large part of the planet we live on; oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth's water! Even more – we don’t know nearly as much about them as we’d like. Only about five percent of the world's oceans have been explored - there are still so many new animals and amazing environments yet to be discovered!

Make your ocean discoveries at the Houston Zoo during World Oceans Day! We'll have an activity table in the front plaza area. Check our Plan Your Visit schedule that day on the web, our kiosk or the Zoo App to find out when we'll have special Ocean Meet the Keeper Talks. And don't miss gazing at undersea life in Kipp Aquarium and in Carruth Natural Encounters.

World Oceans Day activities are free - included with your paid Zoo admission and are free to Zoo members.

Fourth Annual Dog Days of Summer Celebration
June 10, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Join us for the Fourth Annual Dog Days of Summer Celebration! Check out our new pack, made up of our three new painted dog girls, Amara, Ghost, and Akilah, who joined us from a zoo in the UK this spring. They became a pack with our two older boys, Blaze and Mikita.

There will be free kids’ crafts, as well as keepers sharing information about the painted dog collar project saving wild dogs in Africa. Find out how you can make a difference at home as well!

Painted dogs are also known as African wild dogs, African hunting dogs or Cape hunting dogs. They are only distantly related to our domestic dogs or wolves; in fact, they only have four toes on their forefeet, while dogs and wolves have five.

All events are at the Painted Dog Habitat, located just past lions & tigers.

Activity Table 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – Painted Dog Meet the Keeper Talk
11:30 a.m. – Watch as Painted Dogs receive special enrichment items!
2:00 p.m. – Painted Dog Meet the Keeper Talk

World Giraffe Day
June 25, 2016

Celebrate giraffes and learn more about these long-necked giants as we enjoy the longest days of the year. We'll have giraffe-themed activities, opportunities to meet the giraffe keepers, and the chance to purchase some exclusive animal souvenirs.

Populations of giraffes in the wild have declined 40% within the last 15 years. They have already gone extinct in 7 different African countries. We need to act now to protect their habitat and reverse that trend!

Event: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. next to the giraffe habitat
Check the schedule that day for special Giraffe Meet the Keeper Talks!

This free event is included with your paid Zoo admission and is free for zoo members.

Member Morning: Flamingos
July 2, 2016

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. once a 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 (presented by Phillips 66) 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

Spotlight on Species: Otters
July 16, 2016

Join us for a special day featuring this water-loving small mammal! Otters live nearby in Texas rivers as well as marshes around the world, from icy arctic lakes to tropical wetlands. These intelligent creatures are primitive tool users, known to crack open a tasty shellfish by balancing it on their bellies and tapping it with a rock. The sad news is, otters in many areas are in decline due to habitat loss and water pollution.

Come out and find out more cool facts about otters, and what you can do to help them in the wild. Meet otter keepers and see our resident Asian small-clawed otters and North American river otters. More details will be provided closer to this event.

This event is free with your paid Zoo admission, and is free for Zoo members.

Last Week of Camp Zoofari Summer 2016
August 1, 2016

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.

More Information About Camp Zoofari

Member Morning: Sea Lions
August 6, 2016

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. once a 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 (presented by Phillips 66) 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

Member Morning: Small Cats
September 3, 2016

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. once a 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 (presented by Phillips 66) 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

Final Day – Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo
September 5, 2016

Transport yourself to the “Age of the Dinosaurs” as you immerse into the prehistoric landscape of DINOSAURS! at the Houston Zoo.

Free Afternoon
September 6, 2016

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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Final Day – TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo
September 30, 2016

Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals. It may be hot outside, but the Zoo is cool!

Member Morning: Meerkats
October 1, 2016

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. once a 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 (presented by Phillips 66) 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

Free Afternoon
October 4, 2016

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 1, 2016

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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Member Morning: Ankole Cattle
November 6, 2016

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. once a 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 (presented by Phillips 66) 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

Member Morning: Elephants
December 3, 2016

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. once a 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 (presented by Phillips 66) 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

Free Afternoon
December 6, 2016

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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Closed on Christmas Day
December 25, 2016

The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year. For the benefit of our Zoo staff and volunteers, we are closed on Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

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December 31, 2016

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Daily Schedule

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

Monday, May 30, 2016
10:00 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Meet the Keeper in the Bug House for a Bug Chat
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
11:30 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Saltwater Ice Pop Enrichment at the Kipp Aquarium
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cougars
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Mandrills in Wortham World of Primates
12:00 Animal Athletes at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Ice Pop Enrichment at Chimpanzees at the Great Ape Gallery in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk
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
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Painted Dogs
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:15 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Watch the birds while they enjoy the sprinklers on Pheasant Run
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chickens in the Contact Area in Children’s Zoo
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:00 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Ice Pop Toss at Gorillas on the Gorilla Boardwalk in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Mandrills in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk