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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.

Wild Wheels
April 2, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Animal Egg Hunt
April 3, 2015

Join us as our animals participate in their very own Animal Egg Hunt! Our elephants, chimpanzees, meerkats, and even the baby Indian star tortoises in the Reptile House are receiving their own egg-themed enrichment throughout the day. Visit them at their habitats in the Houston Zoo and see them hunt, eat, and play with eggs of all sizes!

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

See the Animal Egg Hunt Schedule

Member Morning: Primates
April 4, 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

Bear Awareness Day
April 4, 2015

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us for Bear Awareness Day and learn the right and wrong ways to camp in bear country. We'll pitch a "good" and a "bad" camp on the lawn next to the Gerenuk exhibit. The bears will be receiving a variety of enrichment items throughout the day, including ice pops and fish!

Find out some cool bear facts and how you can help save bears in the wild. There will be bear masks for kids to color and biofacts to touch and examine. There will also be some cool bear-themed gifts for sale.

All activities will be happening in or near our bear habitats in the Carnivores section of the zoo.

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

Putting for Prairie Chickens
April 4, 2015

April 4 & 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This event offers fun prairie-chicken themed games and the chance to find out more about this rare bird from our local area. Come and try for a hole-in-one on our mini golf course!

This endangered bird is a native Texan, and it’s vanishing from the coastal prairies of Texas. The Houston Zoo is helping to save them from extinction by managing a captive breeding program; we have breeding facilities both behind the scenes at the Zoo and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The Houston Zoo has released a total 874 Attwater’s prairie chickens into the wild so far!

Look for this event on the lawn opposite Meerkats. All proceeds benefit the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.

This free event is included in your paid zoo admission, and is free for Houston Zoo members!

Find Out More About Attwater's Prairie Chickens

Putting for Prairie Chickens
April 5, 2015

April 4 & 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This event offers fun prairie-chicken themed games and the chance to find out more about this rare bird from our local area. Come and try for a hole-in-one on our mini golf course!

This endangered bird is a native Texan, and it’s vanishing from the coastal prairies of Texas. The Houston Zoo is helping to save them from extinction by managing a captive breeding program; we have breeding facilities both behind the scenes at the Zoo and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The Houston Zoo has released a total 874 Attwater’s prairie chickens into the wild so far!

Look for this event on the lawn opposite Meerkats. All proceeds benefit the Attwater’s Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge.

This free event is included in your paid zoo admission, and is free for Houston Zoo members!

Find Out More About Attwater's Prairie Chickens

Educators: Field Experience Workshops
April 7, 2015

Want to know how to make the most of your school trip to the Houston Zoo? Join us at one of the Field Experience Workshops as we identify learning opportunities around the Zoo and strategies to ensure your field trip is a success! This experience will take place on Zoo grounds from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

More Information about this and other Educator Events

Free Afternoon
April 7, 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 Yoga
April 11, 2015

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! We will discover different types of animals and explore their unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses.

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.

Spring Class Dates:
February 7, March 3, April 11, May 2

All classes are 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Find out more and Register

Wild Wheels
April 16, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Educator Workshop: Elements of EduTainment
April 16, 2015

Students losing focus? Hard to get them excited about concepts? Join us for a day full of boredom busting strategies, zoo tours and animal visitors. In this workshop, discover techniques that are sure to educate while entertaining students…EduTainment!

This event is currently sold out.

More Information about this and other Educator Events

African Painted Dog Researcher Peter Blinston
April 17, 2015

An evening of wine and wild stories of African painted dogs

Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo

African Painted Dog researcher Peter Blinston fell in love with these unique dogs while watching documentaries growing up in his native England. He has been working to protect painted dogs for twelve years now and serves as Managing Director for Painted Dog Conservation.

Join us for an intimate evening of wine and stories of protecting the endangered African Painted Dogs in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

More Information and Registration

Brownie and Junior Scout Badge Day
April 18, 2015

Girl Scouts can earn a variety of badges, achievements, and electives in these fun filled days, jam-packed with classroom activities and Zoo tours based on individual requirements.

All About Scout Badge Days

Zoo Ball
April 18, 2015

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Zoo Ball: An Evening in Africa
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Honoring: Annie & Bob Graham and BBVA Compass
Co-Chairs: Scott McClelland and Jim Postl
Auction Co-Chairs: Alie Pruner and Leigh Stubbs

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT

While for many Africa is a distant destination shrouded in mystery and lush landscapes, you can escape to this curious continent for just one evening. Join the Houston Zoo for an awe-inspiring adventure: Zoo Ball 2015—An Evening in Africa.

More Information on Zoo Ball

Educators: Field Experience Workshop
April 22, 2015

Want to know how to make the most of your school trip to the Houston Zoo? Join us at one of the Field Experience Workshops as we identify learning opportunities around the Zoo and strategies to ensure your field trip is a success! This experience will take place on Zoo grounds from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

More Information about this and other Educator Events

Dia del Niño
April 26, 2015

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, 26 de abril, 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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Zoobilee
April 30, 2015

Zoobilee 2015
Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 1, 2015
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, plus enjoy free Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides and top off your evening with free ice cream!

Find Out More and Register for Zoobilee 2015

Zoobilee
May 1, 2015

Zoobilee 2015
Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 1, 2015
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, plus enjoy free Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides and top off your evening with free ice cream!

Find Out More and Register for Zoobilee 2015

Member Morning: Bug House and Wombat
May 2, 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 Yoga
May 2, 2015

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! We will discover different types of animals and explore their unique characteristics through the use of animal inspired yoga poses.

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.

Spring Class Dates:
February 7, March 3, April 11, May 2

All classes are 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Find out more and Register

Free Afternoon
May 5, 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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Wild Wheels
May 7, 2015

This program is built for kids ages 0-3 with parents. Class is held two Thursdays every month from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler with Wild Wheels. Individuals and parent groups welcome.

Join us this spring as we explore animal coverings with your family! Throughout this season we will focus on strengthening your child’s kinesthetic skills through multi-sensory play and animal encounters.

A ticket is required for all participants.

Find out more and get tickets

Home School: Wildlife Games
May 7, 2015

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.

Remember: If you are a Club H.S. member, this day is included in your membership.

More Information and Registration

Home School: Wildlife Games
May 7, 2015

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.
 
Remember: If you are a Club H.S. member, this day is included in your membership.
 
Find Out More and Register

Educator Workshop: Beyond Icebreakers and Word Walls
May 14, 2015

Discover new techniques for exploring vocabulary and energizing your classroom! Identify strategies to build relationships and increase teamwork among your students. These tactics and techniques can be utilized with all grade levels.

More Information about this and other Educator Events

Wild Winks Zoo Overnights – Spring 2015
May 30, 2015

Spend the night at the Zoo on a Wild Winks overnight for a fun-filled and totally unique after-hours experience. All overnights include interactive activities, touchable animals, pizza dinner, and a continental breakfast.

Wild Winks dates for Spring 2015 run through May 30. Get your reservation today to secure your spot! Online registration for overnights closes the Sunday before the scheduled program. Please note, a minimum of 15 participants must be in attendance to conduct overnights.

Wild Winks Information, Available Dates and Registration

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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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!

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

Wednesday April 1, 2015
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 Bug House in the Children’s Zoo
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 Keeper Talk at Clouded leopard cubs
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk
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)
2:00 Nature Talks at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Natural Encounters: Mole-rat Encounter at Indoor Drylands
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Babirusa in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Snake Encounter at Indoor Drylands