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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.


April 1-30, the Melting Pot of Houston is hosting their third annual Fondue for the Zoo. Visit the Melting Pot website for all the details!

Horticulture Tour – Postponed
April 30, 2016

The Horticulture Tour is postponed due to forecast of extreme weather. We will share the new date soon!

Gates open at 7:30 a.m.; tour begins at 8 a.m.

The Houston Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals, but did you know that it also has a vast variety of exotic, tropical, and native plants and trees? Join Anna Land, Supervisor of Horticulture at the Houston Zoo, as she leads an intimate stroll across Zoo grounds, highlighting the many species of plant life flourishing in our 55 acres.

A continental breakfast and all-day access to the Zoo are included.

More Information and Tickets

Dia del Niño
May 1, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Many nations throughout the world celebrate Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, to honor and celebrate children who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. Here at the Houston Zoo, we will be joining in the celebration with games, activities and music just for kids!

Muchos países alrededor del mundo celebran el Día del Niño o Children’s Day, para honorar y celebrar a los niños, quienes representan las esperanzas y sueños de la comunidad. El domingo, aquí en el Zoo de Houston seremos parte de la celebración, ¡con juegos, actividades y música sólo para niños!

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

Este evento está incluido con tu entrada pagada y, ¡es gratis para los miembros del Zoo de Houston!

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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

Comicpalooza’s Here for May the Fourth
May 4, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

May the Fourth is a popular day to celebrate all things Star Wars, as a wordplay on the phrase "May the Force Be With You." Bring the family out to the Houston Zoo to celebrate May the 4th with the Comicpalooza Street Team! Your favorite Star Wars characters will be there to take pictures, give high fives, and have mini light saber battles. We will have special prizes for the little padawans. Come in costume for even more fun!

Comicpalooza is "Texas' Largest Comic and Pop Culture Event." Find out more at Comicpalooza.com.

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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 (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

Zoobilee
May 12, 2016

Zoobilee 2016
Thursday, May 12 or Friday, May 13, 2016
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Zoo members are exclusively invited to attend this special event! At this event, you can get to know our animals better at our Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66, play a variety of games, get your adrenaline pumping on our giant inflatables, dance along with our children’s DJ, enjoy free Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides and top off your evening with free ice cream!

Find Out More and Register for Zoobilee 2016

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

Zoobilee
May 13, 2016

Zoobilee 2016
Thursday, May 12 or Friday, May 13, 2016
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Zoo members are exclusively invited to attend this special event! At this event, you can get to know our animals better at our Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66, play a variety of games, get your adrenaline pumping on our giant inflatables, dance along with our children’s DJ, enjoy free Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides and top off your evening with free ice cream!

Find Out More and Register for Zoobilee 2016

Zoo closes early for Zoobilee
May 12, 2016 - May 13, 2016

May 12 and 13, the Houston Zoo will close early for Zoobilee. Last entry for non-members is 3:30; members may enter until 4:00, then gates re-open for this members-only event at 5:00.

Binturong Spotlight on Species (SOS)
May 14, 2016

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The binturong is also known as a bearcat, which you might know as a popular university mascot. But this long-haired mammal is neither a bear nor a cat; it’s a member of the civet family originating in Southeast Asia. There they are under threat in the wild from deforestation and palm oil plantations.

Our binturong Hannah is zoo-born and raised, and will be coming out for this special event to do some training exercises with her keepers. Come find out all about them and get a chance to see Hannah the binturong and other rainforest animals! Hannah will make several appearances throughout the day, along with guest appearances from other rainforest animals. We’ll have some binturong-themed activities for you to join in as well!

Look for the event on the lawn opposite the meerkat habitat.
This event is free for Zoo members and included with your paid Zoo admission.

Elephant Open House
May 15, 2016

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 Duncan want you to come visit them in their very LARGE home!

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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 (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: 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

Spotlight on Species: Otters
July 16, 2016

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 resident Asian small-clawed otters and North American river otters. More details will be provided closer to this event.

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

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 (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

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 (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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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, April 29, 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 the Children’s Zoo Swap Shop for a Surprise Animal
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 Carnivores
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 Natural Encounters: Greater Hedgehog Tenrec Encounter on the indoor Natural Encounters Porch
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 Red Tailed Guenons inside Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Blue-tongued Skink Encounter on the indoor Natural Encounters porch