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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.

Dinos at Dusk
August 26, 2016

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Houston Texans Enrichment Zone, in the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo

Enjoy a prehistoric evening at the Houston Zoo during Dinos at Dusk! You and your loved ones can have an evening 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 own dinosaur fossil as a souvenir!

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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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Leaping for Lemurs – at Sky Zone Sports
September 7, 2016 - September 8, 2016

September 7-8
Noon - 8 p.m.
Sky Zone Sports, 10207 Sam Houston Parkway West, #100

Join us at Sky Zone Sports indoor trampoline park for Leaping for Lemurs. 25% of proceeds will be donated to lemur conservation in Madagascar, so come out and leap into action to save these amazing animals!

You can jump or join us for the dodgeball tourament:

Dodging Extinction - A Dodgeball Tournament
Wednesday, September 7th, 6 - 7 p.m.
First twelve teams to sign up! Six players per team.
Prizes for the winning team!

Questions? Contact rsalinas@houstonzoo.org

Photo Day
September 10, 2016

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Photo Day allows photographers of all skill levels a chance to visit the Zoo and take great animal photos, all before the Zoo opens. Guests can enjoy the cooler morning weather and lighter crowd, plus see the animals at a time of day when they are most active. A Zookeeper will also be available to talk about our featured animals and answer any questions.

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Elephant Open House
September 17, 2016

8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Elephant Barn

Thai, Methai, Shanti, Tess, Tucker, Tupelo, Baylor & Duncan invite you to GET AN EXCLUSIVE INSIDE LOOK at their large home. At this event, you will immerse yourself into the daily lives of our elephant Zookeepers and the magnificent animals they care for.

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Educator Workshop: Zoo Science
September 17, 2016

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ideal for 6th - 12th Grade Educators

Science gone wild! Discover the world of captive breeding, genetics, husbandry, and so much more!See how wild science can get as you become a scientist yourself!

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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.

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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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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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Zoo Boo
October 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016

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

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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Zoo Boo
October 28, 2016 - October 31, 2016

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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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

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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

Friday August 26, 2016
10:00 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Surprise Animal Encounter at Swap Shop in Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
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
12:30 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Ice Pop Enrichment at Chimpanzees in the Great Ape Gallery
1:00 Straw-colored fruit bat keeper chat at the Natural Encounters bat exhibit
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)
2:15 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 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Ice Pop Toss at Gorillas on the Gorilla Boardwalk in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Red Tailed Guenons and Swamp Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Greater Madagascar hedgehog tenrec encounter inside, on the Natural Encounters porch
6:00 TXU Energy Presents Chill Out: Frozen Popsicle Enrichment for the Giraffes in African Forest