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The Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park is open for the season, 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.

Cool Nights: Fairy Tails
July 29, 2016

Princesses and pirates – wear your favorite fairy tale gown and join us for an enchanting evening at the Zoo! Meet Aurora the orangutan and Boga the Komodo dragon, and learn how you can help these species live happily ever after.

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

Beach Bash at Galveston Seawall
July 30, 2016

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Galveston Seawall at 63rd Street

Join the Houston Zoo for a Beach Bash kicking off the painting of five murals that celebrate local wildlife.

Come see artist Gonzo247 in action, and learn about how you can take action and help save animals.

Enjoy music and games, plus learn about Galveston Island and the amazing animals who call it home.

Spotlight on Species: Tigers
July 30, 2016 - July 31, 2016

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

In honor of World Tiger Day, join us on July 30th and 31st for a Tiger Spotlight on Species event! See our two resident Malayan Tigers, Satu and Berani, celebrate World Tiger Day with some special enrichment items in their habitat. Attend fun-filled Meet the Keeper Talks and learn all about tigers as well as palm oil, a key ingredient affecting Malayan tigers in the wild due to its effect on deforestation and habitat loss in South East Asia.

Stop by the Tiger Boardwalk for educational games and crafts, learn more about these amazing endangered species and see what you can do to help!

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tiger Activity Table
10 a.m. Tiger Keeper Interaction at the Window in their habitat
11:30 a.m. Tiger Enrichment Talk
2 p.m. Tiger Boardwalk Talk

Did You Know: There are more tigers in private ownership here in Texas than there are remaining in the wild (in their native habitat in India and Southeast Asia.) Tigers do not make good pets! Find out more at Spotlight on Species: Tigers.

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

Last Week – 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

Cool Nights: Zoolympics
August 5, 2016

Train like an Olympian at the final Cool Night of the summer! Test your strength, speed, and balance, all while learning how you can help save animals in the wild. Plus, stay late for this summer’s last Zoovie Night featuring Kung Fu Panda 3!

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late on many Friday nights in the summer, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. All activities are included in Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members!

More Information about Cool Nights

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

Educators Night Out: Spotlighting Plastics in the Environment
August 9, 2016

Educators Night Out: Spotlighting Plastics in the Environment
Ideal for All Grade Levels

Come enjoy a night out at the Houston Zoo just for educators! This one of a kind evening will feature ambassador animals, new STEAM activities, a special keeper chat and much more. Each of the activities during this event will provide you with ways that you and your students can help save animals in the wild.

Earn 3 CPE hours while enjoying a night out just for you.

Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.

More Information and Registration

Educators Night Out: Spotlighting Plastics in the Environment
August 11, 2016

Educators Night Out: Spotlighting Plastics in the Environment
Ideal for All Grade Levels

Come enjoy a night out at the Houston Zoo just for educators! This one of a kind evening will feature ambassador animals, new STEAM activities, a special keeper chat and much more. Each of the activities during this event will provide you with ways that you and your students can help save animals in the wild.

Earn 3 CPE hours while enjoying a night out just for you.

Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.

More Information and Registration

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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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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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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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!

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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

Sunday, July 24, 2016
10:00 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Meet the Keeper in the Bug House for an Animal Encounter
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
12:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Patas Monkey exhibit inside Wortham World of Primates
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
12:30 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Ice Pop Enrichment at Chimpanzees at the Great Ape Gallery in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Mole-rat Activity for Kids Inside on the Porch
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
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
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
2:30 TXU Energy presents Chill Out: Icy Enrichment for the Goats in the Contact Area in Children’s Zoo
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
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 Rhinos
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Patas Monkey exhibit inside Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meerkat Keeper Talk