Alerts

This is just a friendly reminder that Tuesday June 2 is not a Free Afternoon. We offer free admission on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Afternoons.

Friday, June 5, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry is at 3:00 p.m. and we close at 4:00 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.

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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Zoo Closing Early Today
June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry is at 3:00 p.m. and we close at 4:00 p.m.

River Hog Rendezvous
June 6, 2015

Join us on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate a few of the Zoo’s newest members – the red river hogs! Red river hogs are quirky, colorful, and cute, and they can now be seen here at the Houston Zoo alongside the gorillas in the African Forest.

Come hang out with Sunny 99.1 and enjoy a variety of games and activities as you learn about this very unique species. All activities will take place near the Arrival Building located in the African Forest.

This event is included in your zoo admission and is free for zoo members.

World Oceans Day
June 7, 2015

The Houston Zoo is celebrating World Oceans Day Presented by Children’s Memorial Hermann 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.

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

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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

Celebrate World Giraffe Day
June 21, 2015

Celebrate giraffes and learn more about these long-necked giants on the longest day of the year. Festivities will include children’s crafts, giraffe bio facts you can touch, opportunities to meet the giraffe keepers, a special giraffe-themed photo booth, the chance to purchase giraffe paintings, and more!

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! All donations will go to support the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Event: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. next to the giraffe habitat
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Giraffe meet the keeper talks

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

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

More Information

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015
9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Black Bears
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Q and A Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake at the Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Bugs at the Bug House
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Tiger Training Window
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Patas Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
12:30 Animal Ice Pops at Chimps in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Animal Icy Treats at Meerkats
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
1:45 Animal Ice Pops and Chilly Enrichment at Sea Lions
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cheetahs
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:15 Animal Sprinklers at Birds on Pheasant Run
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
2:30 Animal Icy Enrichment at the Children’s Zoo Goat Yard
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk for Koi at the Entry of Children’s Zoo
3:00 Animal Ice Pops at Gorillas in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Patas Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Tortoise Encounter on the Porch