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As an added parking option for Cool Nights, Friday, July 3, our Medical Center gate will be open in addition to our main entrance. Also, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. shuttles will be running continuously to and from the off-site parking at 7100 William C. Harvin. Parking is $6 per car (the shuttle is free).

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: Red, White and Zoo
July 3, 2015

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late until 8:30 p.m., so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 26 through August 21. From 5 to 8 p.m. guests can enjoy added music and kid-friendly activities that are sure to entertain kids and adults alike! All activities are included in Zoo admission.

July 3: Red, White & Zoo

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Zoo with your favorite animals! Create your own flag, march to the sounds of the brass band, and parade around the Reflection Pool with Uncle Sam. You’ll also enjoy special Meet the Keeper Talks presented by Phillips 66 with a few of our red, white, and blue animals.

As an added parking option for Cool Nights, Friday, July 3, our Medical Center gate will be open in addition to our main entrance. Also, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. shuttles will be running continuously to and from the off-site parking at 7100 William C. Harvin. Parking is $6 per car (the shuttle is free).

Member Morning: Flamingos
July 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

Cool Nights: Teddy Bear Bash
July 10, 2015

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late until 8:30 p.m., so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 26 through August 21. From 5 to 8 p.m. guests can enjoy added music and kid-friendly activities that are sure to entertain kids and adults alike! All activities are included in Zoo admission.

July 10: Teddy Bear Picnic

For this Cool Nights, it’s all about bears! Dance in a teddy bear parade around the Reflection Pool. Plus, don’t miss meeting the bear residents of the Houston Zoo. It’s sure to be a BEAR-y fun night!

Galveston Beach Clean-up
July 11, 2015

Saturday, July 11
8:00 – 10:00 AM

The Houston Zoo is hosting a beach clean-up and we want your help! Plastic and trash on any coastline makes its way to the ocean where it’s harmful to marine life because they can ingest it or become entangled in it. The Houston Zoo wants to be part of the solution and remove trash from Galveston Island.

Sign up to participate and receive more information by emailing Shayla Andreas.

For more information on plastic pollution, visit the Houston Zoo Blog.

Snow Day
July 18, 2015

Join us for Snow Day at the Zoo on Saturday, July 18 thanks to Sunny 99.1 and TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Guests can enjoy this winter wonder from 9:00 a.m. until noon (or until the Texas heat melts it away).

We will have two snow fields; a smaller field for the little ones and a larger field for the bigger kids, so this event is fun for the entire family. Kids of all ages can create their own snowman, make a snow angel or simply enjoy the cold snow on a hot summer’s day.

Sunny 99.1’s Dana Tyson will be joining us from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to play in the snow and pass out special giveaways.
Plus, TXU Energy will once again host their cool scavenger hunt to each of the Zoo’s 14 indoor, air-conditioned buildings from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can pick up your scavenger hunt at either Zoo entrance upon arrival. Visit all 14 locations and redeem your paddle fan for one FREE sno cone, thanks to TXU Energy!

All Snow Day and Scavenger Hunt activities are included in your Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members.

African Ape Spotlight on Species
July 18, 2015

Saturday and Sunday, July 18 - 19
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
At the Great Ape Gallery (the combined indoor viewing rooms for gorillas and chimpanzees) in the African Forest.

Did you know something as simple as recycling your cell phone here at the zoo can help save chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild? Join us for our Spotlight on Species: African Apes to learn more about our great apes here at the zoo and how to help their wild counterparts.

During the event, you can exchange 3 cell phones or small electronic devices for a magnet painted by one of our great apes. Just turn them in to the primate staff working the event at the Great Ape Gallery in our African Forest and receive your prize!

We will be throwing a Christmas in July themed birthday party for our chimpanzees Abe and Charlie on Saturday and a 31st birthday extravaganza for our gorilla Chaka on Sunday. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family, and the opportunity to support two amazing African Ape conservation organizations through the purchase of items painted by our very own Great Apes here at the Zoo.

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

Member Morning: Sea Lions
August 1, 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

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

Snow Day
August 22, 2015

Back by popular demand, Snow Day is returning to the Zoo on Saturday, August 22 thanks to TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Guests can enjoy this winter wonder from 9:00 a.m. until noon (or until the Texas heat melts it away).

We will have two snow fields; a smaller field for the little ones and a larger field for the bigger kids, so this event is fun for the entire family. Kids of all ages can create their own snowman, make a snow angel or simply enjoy the cold snow on a hot summer’s day.

All Snow Day activities are included in your Houston Zoo admission and are free for Zoo members. Don’t miss the last Snow Day of the summer!

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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Member Morning: Lions
September 5, 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

Last Day – Chill Out at the Houston Zoo
September 30, 2015

Houston weather is hot, but the Houston Zoo is cool. Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals.

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Member Morning: Red Panda
October 3, 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

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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Zoo Boo
October 16, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo
October 23, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo
October 30, 2015

Zoo Boo 2015 – There are nine days of Zoo Boo fun this year!
Saturdays and Sundays
October 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 31 & November 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fridays
Oct 16, 23 & 30
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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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Member Morning: Okapi
November 8, 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., usually on the first Saturday of each month, for Members only. (Please note this Member Morning will be held on a Sunday.) 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

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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Member Morning: Gorillas
December 5, 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 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

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Daily Schedule

TIMES ARE UPDATED EVERY MORNING
Meet the Keeper Talks are generously sponsored by Phillips 66

Thursday, July 2, 2015
9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Grizzly Bears
9:15 Animal Ice Pops at Spectacled Bears
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk for Surprise Animal at the Children’s Zoo Swap Shop
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
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 Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cheetahs
12:00 Zooper Challenge at the Butterfly Stage in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
12:30 Animal Ice Pops at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters
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
2:15 Animal Water Sprinklers at Birds on Pheasant Run
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Animal Ice Pop at Gorillas in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Babirusa in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters