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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.

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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Member Morning: Lions
September 5, 2015

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. on the first Saturday of each 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

Photo Day
September 12, 2015

Join us for “An African Forest Safari” Photo Day as we highlight a few of our African Forest ambassadors!

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. Enjoy the cooler morning weather and lighter crowd, plus see the animals at a time of day when they are most active. Also included is a continental breakfast.

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Enrichment Day
September 19, 2015

The Houston Zoo will be holding its annual Enrichment Day on September 19. From 10am to 3pm, guests can enjoy special Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66 to learn about enrichment at the Houston Zoo while watching the animals enjoy it at the same time! Guests can also participate in kid-friendly activities at Enrichment Central that are sure to entertain kids and adults alike!

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

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Elephant Open House
September 20, 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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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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Member Morning: Red Panda
October 3, 2015

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. on the first Saturday of each 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 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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Conservation Gala: Building the Pride
October 14, 2015

Join the Houston Zoo for our annual Feed Your Wildlife Conservation Gala on October 14th 2015 and help us protect lions in Africa.

Details about the 2015 Conservation Gala

Zoo Boo
October 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo
October 23, 2015 - October 25, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Climbing for Clouded Leopards
October 28, 2015

Join us for the fifth annual Climbing for Clouded Leopards fundraiser at the Texas Rock Gym!

Save the date - more info coming soon!

Wednesday, October 28
Texas Rock Gym
1526 Campbell Rd
Houston, TX 77055

More information on Climbing for Clouded Leopards

Zoo Boo
October 30, 2015 - November 1, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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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Member Morning: Okapi
November 8, 2015

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., usually on the first Saturday of each month, for Members only. (Please note this Member Morning will be held on a Sunday.) 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

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 20, 2015 - January 9, 2016

2015 TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 20, 2015 – January 9, 2016
Closed December 24 & 25

Details about TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

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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Member Morning: Gorillas
December 5, 2015

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. on the first Saturday of each 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 Closed on Christmas Day
December 25, 2015

The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year. We are closed on Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

Subscribe to our E-News
December 31, 2015

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

Thursday August 27, 2015

9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Grizzly Bears
9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Spectacled Bears
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Komodo dragon
10:30 Chill out with a surprise animal in the swap shop at the 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)
11:00 Story Safari at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
12:30 Animal Ice Pops at Chimpanzees in African Forest
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)
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:15 Animal Water Sprinklers at Birds on Pheasant Run
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Animal Ice Pop at Gorillas in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at De Brazza's monkey in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Tortoise encounter on the BEC lawn