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A few of our buildings are closing at 4:00 or 4:30 for private holiday parties on various days; check the Zoo Lights page for the dates and times.
On December 24, the Zoo will close early at 3:00 p.m. (last entry at 2:00 p.m.) We will not be open on December 25.
Gorillas are coming back to the Zoo in 2015. Please pardon our mess in the African Forest as we prepare for their arrival.
There's construction on the East Hoofed Run as we build new habitats for the maned wolf, tapir and other animals there.
The Houston Zoo is open one hour early at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members only! Enjoy cooler weather and see animals just as they come outside for the day, a time of day when they are most active.
Member Mornings include a special Meet the Keeper Talk that begins at 8:30 a.m. – hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about a select animal or area. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!Member Morning: Special Tropical Bird House Meet the Keeper Talk
This beginner level class is open to children ages 4-10 and their parents. Please bring a bottle of water and wear modest, comfortable clothing. Adults and children must purchase separate tickets.
Join us as we embark on an expedition through six dynamic habitats. Whether you are new to yoga or a veteran yogi, we will use our wildlife inspired pranayama, asasnas, and savasanas to guide us on our journey. This season we will learn about, see, and even meet animals from different habitats all over the world.
Find Out More About Zoo Yoga
We will close early at 3:00 p.m. with the last entry at 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is not open this evening.Closing Early on Christmas Eve
The Houston Zoo is open 364 days a year; we are closed Christmas Day and TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is closed as well on this day.Closed Christmas Day
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Amphibian Q&A Session at the Reptile House
10:30 Fruit Bat Feeding at the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Tiger Window
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
1:00 Natural Encounters: Madagascar Hedgehog Tenrec Encounter at the Indoor Porch
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00 Tarantula Keeper Talk at Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Asian Turtle Chat at Orangutan Moat in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Black-headed Python Encounter at the Indoor Porch