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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.

Meet the Expert
February 13, 2016

9:30 a.m.
Brown Education Center in the Houston Zoo

Enjoy a special presentation about the Houston Zoo’s efforts to protect marine habitat by two of our own experts at the Zoo:

Dr. Joe Flanagan, Chief Veterinarian
Martha Parker, Conservation Impact Manager

This event is free, but space is limited, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

You must have a ticket to enter this event. Registration ends Monday, February 8 or when all spots are filled.

More Info and Reserve Your Spot - Meet the Expert

Ambassadors Winter Gala
February 20, 2016

The Houston Zoo Ambassadors is a growing group of young professionals and philanthropists who are actively seeking opportunities to connect and engage with the Zoo’s mission. Annual memberships are $500 and include exclusive invitations to the Ambassadors Gala, cocktail receptions and family events at the Zoo. We strive to bring our membership closer to the life of the Zoo through fun, educational experiences that inspire leadership and support.

More information about Ambassadors and the Winter Gala

Educator Workshop: Connect the Dots
February 25, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ever wonder if your students are getting it? Join us as we explore diverse assessment strategies that help you connect the dots from your lessons to their understanding. From the youngest learners to experienced students, your classroom will benefit from these tactics and techniques.

Find Out More about this Educator Workshop

Leap Into Action for Frogs
February 27, 2016

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
At the Reflection Pond, in front of the Reptile House

Did you know there are more than 6,400 species of frogs and toads? And that you can help them by using recycled paper products? Learn even more about frogs, toads, caecilians, salamanders and newts today!

This Spotlight on Species event is highlighting amphibians. Enjoy family fun activities, plus learn all about these amazing animals and how to help save them in the wild.

This free event is included in your paid Zoo admission, and is FREE for Zoo members.

More information about this event

Beastly Brunch
February 28, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Don’t miss Flock’s 7th annual Beastly Brunch! Sip morning cocktails and brunch with members of Flock, the Houston Zoo’s Young Professionals Group. You’ll be joined at brunch by special animal ambassadors! After brunch, join our Flock members as they explore the Zoo. This event is for guests 21+ only.

Free for FLOCK members
Non-member advance tickets: $35
Non-member at the door tickets: $50

More information on the Beastly Brunch

Free Afternoon
March 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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Wild Wheels
March 1, 2016

9:15-10:15am
This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels! Individuals and parent groups welcome. Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

We frequently sell out for this event - register early to reserve your spot!

More Wild Wheels Info and Registration

Zoo Yoga
March 5, 2016

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.

Class is held the first Saturday of each month from 9:15-10:15am.

More Information and Registration

Member Morning: Tropical Bird House
March 5, 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 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 Yoga
April 2, 2016

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.

Class is held the first Saturday of each month from 9:15-10:15am.

More Information and Registration

Member Morning: Gorillas of the African Forest
April 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 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
April 5, 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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Wild Wheels
April 5, 2016

9:15-10:15am
This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels! Individuals and parent groups welcome. Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

We frequently sell out for this event - register early to reserve your spot!

More Wild Wheels Info and Registration

Pongos Helping Pongos Art Event
April 7, 2016

View original artwork created by orangutans, elephants, chimpanzees and other Houston Zoo animal artists, and join in a silent auction and take one or more of these masterpieces home. All the proceeds at this special event are donated to help save wild Pongos and other animals in their natural habitats.

More Information About This Event

Educator Workshop: P.L.A.Y – Playing, Learning, Art and You!
April 14, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Playtime! Art time! Science time? Yes! Join us in this fun-filled workshop where we will explore the amazing ways that art and play can open up the world of science, math, and other subjects. We will visit 4-legged residents here at the Zoo that engage in art and play every day! Bring your sense of adventure, your willingness to get messy, and your childlike curiosity to this wonderful workshop!

Find Out More about this Educator Workshop

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea
January 15, 2016 - April 15, 2016

From a Styrofoam coral reef to a plastic bottle sea jelly to a recycled plastic whale rib cage (that’s 10’ tall and 23’ long!), guests of all ages will have a blast interacting with these awesome creatures while learning all about how they can help save wildlife.

The aquatic trash in our oceans is harmful to wildlife like sea turtles. One group came up with a creative solution that would both remove some of the debris and also educate people about the dangers of plastic pollution. The group is called the Washed Ashore Project, and it is a non-profit, community-based organization with a mission of educating and creating awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution through art.

Washed Ashore is included with your paid Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

This exclusive exhibit is only here for a limited time, so visit soon! See Washed Ashore in the Brown Education Center.

More Information about Washed Ashore

Zoo Ball
April 16, 2016

There’s no better place to enjoy the bounty and beauty of spring than at the Houston Zoo. With blooming flowers, bees and birds buzzing, and births abounding, it is an annual festival of energy and excitement. We hope you will be a part of all good things blossoming at Zoo Ball 2016’s Spring Soiree: A Celebration of Pollinators.

More Information About Zoo Ball 2016

Action for Apes Challenge Ends
April 30, 2016

Today is the deadline to submit all collected cell phones to be counted for the Action for Apes Challenge. By recycling used cell phones with the Houston Zoo, you help protect animals like chimpanzees and gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined.

Details about the Action for Apes Challenge

Free Afternoon
May 3, 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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Wild Wheels
May 3, 2016

9:15-10:15am
This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels! Individuals and parent groups welcome. Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

We frequently sell out for this event - register early to reserve your spot!

More Wild Wheels Info and Registration

Educator Workshop: The Great Outdoors (Inside)
May 5, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Are you in the middle of a concrete jungle? Then come discover how to bring the outdoors into your classroom! This workshop will dig into hands-on environmental activities that can be incorporated into any classroom.

Find Out More about this Educator Workshop

Zoo Yoga
May 7, 2016

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.

Class is held the first Saturday of each month from 9:15-10:15am.

More Information and Registration

Member Morning: Children’s Zoo
May 7, 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 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

Home School: Wildlife Games
May 12, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

On your mark, get set, LEARN! In this fun-filled day, the whole family will get a chance to exercise their minds as well as their bodies as we play games to demonstrate concepts such as predator/prey relationships, working together as a pack, and more. Game time will also include data collection skills and interpretation.

More Information about Wildlife Games

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 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: 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 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 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 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 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
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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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 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 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 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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Subscribe to our E-News
December 31, 2016

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Friday, February 12, 2016

10:00    Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn

10:30    Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House

10:30    Meet the Keeper Talk at Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo

11:00    Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos

11:00    Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)

11:30    Meet the Keeper Talk at Cheetahs

12:00    Animal Athletes at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo

12:30    Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest

1:00      Meet the Keeper Mole-Rat Talk at Natural Encounters

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 Sifaka in Wortham World of Primates

4:00      Meet the Keeper Talk Tree Frog Encounter at Natural Encounters