Alerts

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

Thursday, May 28, Kipp Aquarium will be closed while we complete the finishing touches on our enormous new tank!

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.

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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World Oceans Day
June 7, 2015

The Houston Zoo is celebrating World Oceans Day presented by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to celebrate our animal friends that call our oceans home! Did you know there are seven species of sea turtle in the ocean and you can find all of them in the Gulf of Mexico? Learn more about sea turtles, other marine mammals, and how YOU can help protect their habitat.

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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

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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

Monday May 25, 2015
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper at the Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo for a snake chat
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Tropical Bird House
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 Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at teenage Clouded leopards
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at red-tailed monkeys and swamp monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk and Animal Ice Pops at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk
1:30 Natural Encounters: Frog Encounter at Indoor Rainforest
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 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:15 Animal Water Sprinklers at Birds at the Bird Garden
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bird Garden
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:00 Animal Ice Pop at Gorillas in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at sifaka in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk