Alerts

The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is open for the season, 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.

World Giraffe Day
June 25, 2016

Celebrate giraffes and learn more about these long-necked giants as we enjoy the longest days of the year. We'll have giraffe-themed activities, opportunities to meet the giraffe keepers, and the chance to purchase some exclusive animal souvenirs.

Populations of giraffes in the wild have declined 40% within the last 15 years. They have already gone extinct in 7 different African countries. We need to act now to protect their habitat and reverse that trend!

Event: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. next to the giraffe habitat
Check the schedule that day for special Giraffe Meet the Keeper Talks!

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

White Elephant Sale
June 25, 2016

9 a.m. until noon
Masihara Pavilion (near the entrance to the African Forest)

Call it what you will – a rummage sale, a garage sale, a yard sale. We like white elephant sale. Whatever you want to call it, you’ll find bargains and some unique items at the Houston Zoo’s White Elephant sale. All proceeds benefit Houston Zoo Staff Conservation Fund that contributes to saving wildlife around the world.

We’ve scoured storage lockers, closets and offices across the Zoo for weeks now and Zoo employees have also donated personal items for the sale. We’ve collected hundreds of items, from books and lawn care equipment and tools to posters, small to HUGE decorative items, toys and t-shirts. Sorry. No white elephants.

The Fine Print:
All sales FINAL. No returns or exchanges. Cash or credit card only. Buyers are responsible for removal and transport of purchased items from the Zoo.

Entrance to this event is included with your regular Zoo general admission.

Pollinator Palooza
June 25, 2016 - June 26, 2016

Saturday & Sunday, June 25 – 26, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pollinators help plants produce fruit and seeds by moving pollen from one plant to another. Celebrate these miracle workers during Pollinator Palooza. Talk to local bee keepers, learn about the different types of pollinators, and check out our pollination stations!

More Information About Pollinator Palooza

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

Cool Nights: Red, White and Zoo
July 1, 2016

Celebrate the Fourth of July with your favorite animals! Make your own flag, march in a parade with Uncle Sam, and explore the Zoo looking for a few red, white, and blue animals.

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

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 (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

Cool Nights: Dino-mite! Jurassic Park
July 8, 2016

Go back in time as you tour this summer’s DINOSAURS! exhibit and feast your eyes on dinosaurs that move their heads, arms, tails, and even spit water! Plus, stay late for Zoovie Night featuring Jurassic Park on a giant inflatable movie screen.

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

Cool Nights: Teddy Bear Bash
July 15, 2016

For this Cool Nights, it’s all about bears! Bring your teddy bear to the Zoo, dance in a Teddy Bear Parade, and learn all about the bears who live at the Houston Zoo and how you can help save bears in the wild.

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

Spotlight on Species: Otters
July 16, 2016

10 AM – 3 PM

Join us for a special day featuring this water-loving small mammal! Otters live nearby in Texas rivers as well as marshes around the world, from icy arctic lakes to tropical wetlands. These intelligent creatures are primitive tool users, known to crack open a tasty shellfish by balancing it on their bellies and tapping it with a rock. The sad news is, otters in many areas are in decline due to habitat loss and water pollution.

Come out and find out more cool facts about otters, and what you can do to help them in the wild. Meet otter keepers and see our two species of resident otters, Asian small-clawed otters and North American river otters.

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

Activity/educational tables will run from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. near the otter exhibits

Otter SOS Keeper Talk Schedule:
10:30 until it melts - snow in the North American river otter habitat! (Children’s Zoo)
11:30 Asian small-clawed otter Enrichment/Keeper Talk (Natural Encounters)
1:00 Asian small-clawed otter Keeper talk (Natural Encounters)
1:30 Asian small-clawed otter Training (Natural Encounters)
2:30 North American river otter Training (Children’s Zoo)

Snow Day
July 16, 2016

Join us for Snow Day at the Zoo on Saturday, July 16 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 located at Karamu Outpost; 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.

Plus, TXU Energy will host their cool scavenger hunt to each of the Zoo’s 13 indoor, air-conditioned buildings from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can pick up your scavenger hunt at either Zoo entrance upon arrival. Visit all 13 locations and redeem your scavenger hunt voucher for one FREE sno cone, thanks to TXU Energy!

All Snow Day and Scavenger Hunt activities are included in your Zoo admission and are FREE for Zoo Members.

Cool Nights: Under the Sea
July 22, 2016

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!

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

Cool Nights: Fairy Tails
July 29, 2016

Princesses and pirates – wear your favorite fairy tale gown and join us for an enchanting evening at the Zoo! Meet Aurora the orangutan and Boga the Komodo dragon, and learn how you can help these species live happily ever after.

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

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

Cool Nights: Zoolympics
August 5, 2016

Train like an Olympian at the final Cool Night of the summer! Test your strength, speed, and balance, all while learning how you can help save animals in the wild. Plus, stay late for this summer’s last Zoovie Night featuring Kung Fu Panda 3!

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

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 (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

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 (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
September 5, 2016

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

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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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

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 (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

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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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!

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December 31, 2016

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Daily Schedule

TIMES ARE UPDATED EVERY MORNING
Meet the Keeper Talks are generously sponsored by Phillips 66

Friday, June 24, 2016
10:00 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Surprise Animal Encounter at Swap Shop in Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Tiger Training Window
11:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Saltwater Ice Pop Enrichment at the Kipp Aquarium
11:30 Toro’s Training Camp at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Wortham World of Primates
12:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Ice Pop Enrichment at Chimpanzees in the Great Ape Gallery
1:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bat Cave in 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 Meet the Keeper for Fossa Enrichment on Small Cat Row
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
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
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
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 in the African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Meerkats at Natural Encounters
6:00 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Frozen Popsicle Enrichment for the Giraffes in African Forest
6:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in the African Forest
6:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at African Wild Dogs
7:00 Meet Ernie - The North American Porcupine at the Reflection Pond