Alerts

Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25, the Gorilla Boardwalk will close early at 4 p.m. due to construction work.

It’s field trip season! Check our Parking & Directions page before you visit for tips to help with your arrival plans.

Friday, June 2, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry at 3 p.m., and we close at 4 p.m.

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.

Zoo Sprouts
May 24, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts
May 27, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Yoga
May 27, 2017

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! 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.

More Information and Registration

Zoo Closing Early
June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry at 3 p.m., and we close at 4 p.m.

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

Camp Zoofari for Adults: All About Rhinos
July 14, 2017

Are you jealous of all the fun kids get to have at camp? Well now it’s your turn to join in the fun! Whether you are dropping off your camper or looking for a new experience, Camp Zoofari for Adults is just for you!

At this camp event, spend some time with Mumbles and the rest of the rhino crash that call the Houston Zoo home.

More information and Tickets

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

Last Week of Camp Zoofari
August 7, 2017

Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 – 16 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them.

Get All The Details About Camp Zoofari

Camp Zoofari for Adults
August 9, 2017

Are you jealous of all the fun kids get to have at camp? Well now it’s your turn to join in the fun! Whether you are dropping off your camper or looking for a new experience, Camp Zoofari for Adults is just for you!

Find Out More About Camp Zoofari for Adults

Zoo Overnights
August 26, 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!

More Information and Registration

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

Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks – Presented by Coca-Cola
September 4, 2017

Open May 27 – September 4, 2017

Explore the Houston Zoo’s special exhibit, Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks Presented by Coca-Cola!
See some of your favorite animals unlike ever before, built with tens of thousands of LEGO bricks!

Get the Details About Nature Connects

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
September 5, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
October 3, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

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

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
November 7, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday Afternoon of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

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

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
December 5, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Subscribe to our E-News
December 31, 2017

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

Monday, May 22, 2017
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 Surprise Animal Encounter at the Swap Shop in Children’s Zoo
10:30 Toro’s Training Camp at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Kipp Aquarium
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Mole-rat Encounter at Indoor 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)
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Siamangs in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Fruit Bat Keeper Talk