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Kipp Aquarium is closed July 28 – 30 while we continue work on our brand new 11,000 gallon tank! Meanwhile, see the sea life – jellies, piranha, coral reef and more – in Natural Encounters.

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 Nights: Rythyms of Africa
July 31, 2015

Dance to the rhythms and sounds of Africa and experience gorillas and red river hogs up-close and incredible!

After enjoying Cool Nights, head across the street to Miller Outdoor Theatre and join the University of Houston for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, featuring Macbeth. What price must a man of conscience pay to pursue his hungriest ambitions?

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Member Morning: Sea Lions
August 1, 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

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

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Cool Nights: Fairy Trails
August 7, 2015 - July 10, 2015

Princesses and pirates—join us for an enchanting evening! Meet Aurora the orangutan, Smaug the komodo dragon, and Elsa and Belle the goats. Plus, learn how you can help these species live happily ever after.

After enjoying Cool Nights, head across the street to Miller Outdoor Theatre and join the University of Houston for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, featuring The Merchant of Venice. A fast-paced rendition of Shakespeare’s comic drama, posing the challenge between Justice and Mercy in a world of commerce, glamour, and intolerance.

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Cool Nights: Under the Sea
August 14, 2015

Make a splash at the Zoo and learn all about our marine animals and how you can keep them and their ocean homes healthy. Plus, this night only, the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park will stay open late!

After enjoying Cool Nights, head across the street to Miller Outdoor Theatre and join the Asia Society Texas Center for musical performances by Daniel Ho & Taiwu Children’s Ancients Ballads Troupe. Accompanied by the pure voices of Taiwan’s Taiwu Children’s Ancient Ballads Troupe, Daniel Ho performs moving reinterpretations of the Troupe’s traditional love songs from their collaborative album To and From the Heart.

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Cool Nights: Super Summer Send-Off!
August 21, 2015

Calling all superheroes! Join us for the last Cool Nights of the season and learn how YOU can be a conservation hero by helping save animals in the wild. Plus, stay late for Zoovie Night where we are showing Big Hero 6!

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Snow Day
August 22, 2015

Back by popular demand, Snow Day is returning to the Zoo on Saturday, August 22 thanks to TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Guests can enjoy this winter wonder from 9:00 a.m. until noon (or until the Texas heat melts it away).

We will have two snow fields; a smaller field for the little ones and a larger field for the bigger kids, so this event is fun for the entire family. Kids of all ages can create their own snowman, make a snow angel or simply enjoy the cold snow on a hot summer’s day.

All Snow Day activities are included in your Houston Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members. Don’t miss the last Snow Day of the summer!

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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Member Morning: Lions
September 5, 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

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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Member Morning: Red Panda
October 3, 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

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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Conservation Gala: Building the Pride
October 14, 2015

Join the Houston Zoo for our annual Feed Your Wildlife Conservation Gala on October 14th 2015 and help us protect lions in Africa.

Details about the 2015 Conservation Gala

Zoo Boo
October 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo
October 23, 2015 - October 25, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo
October 30, 2015 - November 1, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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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Member Morning: Okapi
November 8, 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., usually on the first Saturday of each month, for Members only. (Please note this Member Morning will be held on a Sunday.) 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

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 20, 2015 - January 9, 2016

2015 TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 20, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Closed December 24 & 25

Details about TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

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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Member Morning: Gorillas
December 5, 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 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

Thursday July 30, 2015
9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Grizzly Bears
9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Spectacled Bears
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Chill out in the Swap Shop to see a surprise animal at 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 Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
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 Gorillas in African Forest
12:30 Animal Ice Pops at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Naked mole-rat keeper chat at the Natural Encounters porch
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)
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:15 Animal Water Sprinklers at Birds on Pheasant Run
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Animal Ice Pop at Gorillas in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Howler monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meerkat keeper chat at the meerkat exhibit