Alerts

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.

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

Final Day – Dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo
October 2, 2016

Transport yourself to the “Age of the Dinosaurs” as you immerse into the prehistoric landscape of DINOSAURS! at the Houston Zoo.

Lion Fun Days
October 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016

Having a roaring good time October 1st-2nd
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It’s hard to believe, but the African lion is in trouble. The population of African lions is falling at an alarming rate, with an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 lions left in all of Africa. Field researchers and conservationists believe the decline can be slowed and eventually reversed through community outreach and education. That’s where you come in!

On October 1st and 2nd the Houston Zoo will host its 6th annual Lion Fun Days. From 9am -2:30pm in front of the lion exhibit, Zoo guests can take part in games, keeper interactions, face painting, and most importantly having fun while learning about conservation. Lion Fun Days originated in the Niassa Reserve Mozambique as a part of the educational outreach program of the Niassa Lion Project. Around this time of year, 300+ children and their families in Mbamba village (located in northern Mozambique) will participate in Lion Fun Days as well. Mozambican children will play the same games and hear the same information as the children at the Houston Zoo. The partnership between the Houston Zoo and the Niassa Lion Project is strengthened by Lion Fun Days and getting children involved in conservation.

Meet the Keeper Talk, crafts and games are included in your Zoo admission and Zoo membership.

If you want to have a part in saving the African lion, come visit the Houston Zoo on October 1st and 2nd and learn how.

Saturday October 1, 2016
10:00 AM – Lion Training Window
10:30 AM – Lion Parade and Games
11:30 AM – Lion Training Window
1:00 PM – Lion Enrichment Chat (paper mache)
1:30 PM – Lion Parade and Games

Sunday October 2, 2016
10:00 AM – Lion Training Window
10:30 AM – Lion Parade and Games
11:30 AM – Lion Training Window
1:00 PM – Lion Enrichment Chat (zip line!)
1:30 PM – Lion Parade and Games

The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.

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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Camp Zoofari
October 10, 2016

October 10 and 12

Your school break just got wild! 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. This single day session features some new and exciting updates to topics from the summer. Whether your camper is rejoining us or visiting Camp Zoofari for the first time, there is so much to explore!

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Camp Zoofari
October 12, 2016

October 10 and 12

Your school break just got wild! 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. This single day session features some new and exciting updates to topics from the summer. Whether your camper is rejoining us or visiting Camp Zoofari for the first time, there is so much to explore!

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Zoo Boo
October 14, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Zoo Boo 2016

Fridays
October 14, 21 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Day
Monday, October 31
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

Zoo Boo 2016

Fridays
October 14, 21 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Day
Monday, October 31
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

Zoo Boo 2016

Fridays
October 14, 21 & 28
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays
October 15 & 16, 22 & 23, 29 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Halloween Day
Monday, October 31
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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!

More Information About Zoo Boo 2016

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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Hose2Habitat Workshop
November 2, 2016 - November 3, 2016

Hose2Habitat and GHCAAZK is offering a 2-day hands-on enrichment workshop designed for captive animal husbandry professionals at all levels of experience. Participants will learn skills related to feeders and fire hose enrichment and may keep the enrichment items they make at the workshop. In addition, enrichment items will be donated by Owens Corning for the participants to take back to their home facility.

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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

Saturday, October 01, 2016
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Lion Training Window
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for a Surprise Animal Encounter on the Front Plaza in Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Lion Training Window
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Howler Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
1:00 Meet the Keeper for an African Pygmy Falcon Encounter on the BEC lawn
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
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk on Lion Enrichment
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bug House
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Howler Monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Meerkats outside Natural Encounters