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The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is open through October 31, 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.

Get Out and Play
September 24, 2016

Can you jump like a jaguar or migrate like a monarch? Find out at Get Out and Play! This fun filled day encourages families to get outside and explore nature together. A special Zoo map will show exactly where activity stations are located, and a prize is awarded for completing all seven games!

The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and all ages are welcome.

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

Donuts and Dinos
September 24, 2016

Enjoy a prehistoric morning at the Houston Zoo during Donuts and Dinos! You and your loved ones can have a morning to remember while learning about the GIANT creatures that used to roam the Earth. Hear an educational dinosaur presentation, enjoy some activities, and take home your very own dinosaur fossil!

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Shasta’s Birthday
September 25, 2016

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join the Houston Zoo and the University of Houston Alumni Association at the Zoo’s cougar habitat to celebrate the University of Houston’s mascot, Shasta VI’s, birthday! Birthday party guests will learn all about cougars, participate in kid-friendly activities, and be able to sign Shasta’s birthday card! Look for the activities at the cougar habitat.

Be sure to be there at 11:30 a.m. to see Shasta get his own special cake and to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.

All activities are included in Zoo admission and are FREE for Zoo Members. Plus, wear your University of Houston gear and receive FREE Zoo admission from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

You can also Adopt Shasta! The Adopt program at the Houston Zoo is proud to offer a special Shasta Adopt in partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association. Whether you adopt for yourself or on behalf of a cougar alum or student as a gift, know that your contribution is an investment in the success of two of Houston’s most celebrated institutions.

Find Out How You Can Adopt Shasta

Rhino Spotlight on Species
September 24, 2016 - September 25, 2016

In honor of World Rhino Day, join us to learn about rhinos at our zoo and in the wild! There will be games for the kids, keeper talks, and items for sale, with all proceeds go to the Lowveld Rhino Trust of Zimbabwe.

Our rhinos will be receiving a treat as well! See the rhinos investigate some special enrichment items in their habitat.

At the rhino habitat, in the African Forest
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 - 25
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rhino enrichment 11 a.m.

Educator Workshop: Get Outside and Investigate
September 27, 2016

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ideal for K - 8th Grade Educators

Discover the classroom right outside your doors! This workshop encourages educators to move their classrooms outdoors and investigate the natural world with engaging environmental education activities.

More Information and Registration

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

Final Day – Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo
October 2, 2016

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

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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Educator Day
October 8, 2016

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come experience Educator Day at the Houston Zoo! Earn three or six continuing education hours while participating in new opportunities like our Science Expo or a guided zoo tour as well as rotating activity sessions to choose from. This day includes free resources, activities and special animal presentations. Pre-service teachers, administrators and educators are welcome.

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Camp Zoofari
October 10, 2016

October 10 and 12

Your school break just got wild! 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. This single day session features some new and exciting updates to topics from the summer. Whether your camper is rejoining us or visiting Camp Zoofari for the first time, there is so much to explore!

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Camp Zoofari
October 12, 2016

October 10 and 12

Your school break just got wild! 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. This single day session features some new and exciting updates to topics from the summer. Whether your camper is rejoining us or visiting Camp Zoofari for the first time, there is so much to explore!

Find Out More and Register

Zoo Boo
October 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Zoo Boo 2016

Fridays
October 14, 21 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Day
Monday, October 31
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with activities that are fun for the entire family. We encourage all kids to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume, and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags!

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Feed Your Wild Life Conservation Gala
October 20, 2016

Once, hundreds of thousands of rhinos wandered the wilds of Africa and Asia. Now, fewer than 30,000 are left on the entire planet. Their dwindling population is under severe threat due to the illegal trade of rhino horn, which is still believed in some cultures to have medicinal properties. Rhino horn has even been confiscated at our own Houston port! This beautiful animal faces large-scale illegal poaching and is in urgent need of protection.

Join the Houston Zoo for our annual Feed Your Wild Life Conservation Gala on October 20, 2016 and help us protect rhinos. With the ongoing support from the Conservation Gala, the Houston Zoo has contributed more than $7.5 million over the last five years to successful efforts that have helped protect wildlife and wild places.

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Zoo Boo
October 21, 2016 - October 23, 2016

Zoo Boo 2016

Fridays
October 14, 21 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Day
Monday, October 31
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with activities that are fun for the entire family. We encourage all kids to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume, and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags!

More Information About Zoo Boo 2016

Zoo Boo
October 28, 2016 - October 31, 2016

Zoo Boo 2016

Fridays
October 14, 21 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Day
Monday, October 31
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with activities that are fun for the entire family. We encourage all kids to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costume, and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags!

More Information About Zoo Boo 2016

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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Feast With the Beasts
November 4, 2016

2016 Feast with the Beasts
The 11th annual food, beer, and wine celebration
featuring more than 60 restaurants
with musical guest Gin Blossoms

More Information about Feast 2016

Educator Workshop: Engineering With Animals
November 5, 2016

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ideal for 3rd - 12th Grade Educators

Explore animals and their engineering skills at the Houston Zoo! Come learn how zookeepers and conservationists use engineering and problem solving to create natural environments and enrichment for the animals who live here and in the wild.

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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

Climbing for Clouded Leopards
November 10, 2016

Save the Date!
Climbing for Clouded Leopards
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Texas Rock Gym
1526 Campbell Rd, Houston, TX 77055

Join us for the sixth annual Climbing for Clouded Leopards fundraiser at the Texas Rock Gym! Proceeds from this event support clouded leopard research and conservation efforts.

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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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Educator Workshop: Destination Conservation
December 8, 2016

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ideal for K - 12th Grade Educators

Papers please! Bring your passports and sense of adventure as we explore the world of global conservation and bring it home to your classroom! Activities, guest speakers, and exciting zoo tours await you on your journey.

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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!

Subscribe to our E-News
December 31, 2016

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:15 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Meet the Keeper for some Ice Pop Enrichment at Black Bears
10:00 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
10:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Meet the Keeper in the Bug House for an Animal Encounter
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Birthday Talk at Cheetahs
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 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
12:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Ice Pop Enrichment at Chimpanzees in the Great Ape Gallery
1:00 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Icy Enrichment at the Meerkat Exhibit outside Natural Encounters
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 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Small Cat Row
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 Sea Lions
2:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Meet our Goats while they enjoy their Icy Enrichment at the Contact Area in Children’s Zoo
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bug House
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
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Mandrills in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters Porch for a Mole-Rat Encounter