Alerts

Fondue for the Zoo is happening again this APE-ril! Enjoy this special meal and $5 will be donated to the Houston Zoo. Find out more at the Melting Pot Houston.

Throughout April we’ll be performing maintenance on our Reflection Pond area, and it will be closed to Zoo guests.

It’s field trip season! Check our Parking & Directions page before you visit for tips to help with your arrival plans.

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.

UH Rings Blessing
April 28, 2017

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

As the spring semester comes to an end, our friends at the University of Houston are preparing for their graduation ceremonies. Part of this celebration includes Shasta blessing the rings of those graduating this semester.

On Friday, April 28, all of the rings for the semester graduates will be placed in a large UH-themed box which will be in the cougar habitat all day. The carnivore team will host special Meet the Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66 and training demonstrations at the cougar habitat at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to celebrate this special day.

SOS Columbian Animals
April 29, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Event is in two areas: outside the Natural Encounters building (near Red Panda), and at the Wattled Curassow exhibit in the Fischer Bird Gardens.

Don’t miss out on this event that connects the dots between the animals you visit here and the plight of their species in the wild.

Activities include:

Special Meet the Keeper Talks presented by Phillips 66
A mini-parade made up of guests in honor of the cotton-top tamarin at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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

More Information about the Tapir SOS and Other Dia Del Niño Events

Tapir Spotlight on Species
April 29, 2017 - April 30, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Don’t miss out on this event that connects the dots between the animals you visit here and the plight of their species in the wild.

Activities include:

Special Meet the Keeper Talks presented by Phillips 66
Zoo keeper-led activities, and a selfie station!

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

More Information about the Tapir SOS and Other Dia Del Niño Events

Dia del Nino
April 30, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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. Bring the kids to the Houston Zoo on Sunday, April 30 for a Latin American celebration of music, games, and activities…created especially for kids!

This special fiesta is included with your paid Zoo admission, and it is free for Zoo Members.

More Information About Dia del Niño

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
May 2, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Member Morning With the Bears
May 6, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Elephant Open House
May 7, 2017

Immerse yourself into the daily lives of our elephant Zookeepers and the magnificent animals they care for. The elephant barn will be open exclusively for Open House attendees to explore!

This event sells out quickly, so buy your tickets TODAY.

Find Out More and Get Tickets

Zoo Sprouts
May 11, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts
May 13, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts
May 15, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Family Nature Club
May 20, 2017

Are you ready to get outside and explore nature? Book your family for our next event!

More Information

Zoo Sprouts
May 20, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts
May 24, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts
May 27, 2017

Zoo Sprouts is an education program for kids aged 18 months through five years. Discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups to choose from. Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space:

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Yoga
May 27, 2017

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! 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.

More Information and Registration

Wild Winks Zoo Overnights – Spring 2017
May 31, 2017

Various Fridays and Saturdays in the Spring 2017

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, guided flashlight tours, a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and more!

Register in advance - these events frequently fill up, and online registration for overnights closes the Sunday before the scheduled program.

More Information and Registration

Member Morning With the Sea Lions
June 3, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning in the Children’s Zoo
July 1, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Camp Zoofari for Adults: All About Rhinos
July 14, 2017

Are you jealous of all the fun kids get to have at camp? Well now it’s your turn to join in the fun! Whether you are dropping off your camper or looking for a new experience, Camp Zoofari for Adults is just for you!

At this camp event, spend some time with Mumbles and the rest of the rhino crash that call the Houston Zoo home.

More information and Tickets

Member Morning: African Painted Dogs
August 5, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Last Week of Camp Zoofari
August 7, 2017

Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 – 16 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them.

Get All The Details About Camp Zoofari

Camp Zoofari for Adults
August 9, 2017

Are you jealous of all the fun kids get to have at camp? Well now it’s your turn to join in the fun! Whether you are dropping off your camper or looking for a new experience, Camp Zoofari for Adults is just for you!

Find Out More About Camp Zoofari for Adults

Member Morning: African Monkeys
September 2, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
September 5, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
October 3, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Member Morning with the Cheetahs
October 7, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning with the Okapi
November 5, 2017

On this morning, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
November 7, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday Afternoon of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Member Morning with the Lions
December 2, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
December 5, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Subscribe to our E-News
December 31, 2017

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

Friday, April 28, 2017
10:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Children’s Zoo Swap Shop for a Surprise Animal Encounter
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 Children’s Zoo Swap Shop for a Surprise Animal Encounter
10:30 Toro’s Training Camp at Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Kipp Aquarium
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cougars for a Training Session with Shasta
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Meet the Keeper Talk at the Indoor Porch for a Leopard Tortoise Encounter
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 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cougars for a Training Session with Shasta
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Tamarins inside Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Meet the Keeper Talk at the Bat Cave