Be an Elephant Hero – Upcoming Elephant Events, Online Auction

At the Houston Zoo we are proud to exhibit some of the world’s most unique, intelligent and fascinating animals. Our Asian elephants at the Zoo are hard to miss- we have lots of them and they are quite big! We are determined to protect our zoo’s elephant counterparts in the wild, both in Asia and Africa, but we can’t do it without you!

Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo
Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo

Did you know you are a conservation hero every time you visit the Zoo? Just by coming here and watching our animals, you are helping to save species in the wild. A portion of every ticket sold goes towards conserving animals in their natural habitats.

Did you know you can be an elephant conservation hero? By attending the Elephant Open House on Saturday, September 21st (8:00am-10:30am) you’ll not only have fun, learn more about our Asian elephant herd and the dedicated keepers that take care of them-you’ll also contribute to efforts to save these giants in the wild??? Sounds like a win-win!

There are so many ways you can be a conservation hero, whether you are hoping to help protect elephants, rhinos, or even toads-we want you to be part of our efforts to save wildlife and wild places!


Can’t make it to the zoo for our elephant open house but still want to help protect them in the wild?

  • Check out our online auction running September 9th through October 1st. All proceeds help save elephants in the wild. Items range from exclusive dinners at top Houston restaurants to fabric wildlife animals made by women n Rwanda.
  • Join us at our annual Feed Your Wild Life Conservation Gala on October 9th featuring Save The Elephants founder Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton.
  • Join us and other friends in Houston on a March for Elephants on October 4, starting at City Hall.
  • Donate to the Houston Zoo to save wild elephants.

Join us for other conservation hero related events the weekend of September 21st and 22nd. Events include a rhino spotlight on species (celebrating World Rhino Day!) with a wildlife book donation to benefit students in Zimbabwe who live alongside rhinos, and a meet a superhero event featuring MARVEL characters Spider-Man and Iron Man!

Look out for more be a hero blogs here and events on our zoo calendar!

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Sea Lion Keeper: Sure... (sends picture next to sea lion statue)

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Social Media Guy to Sea Lion Keeper: Can you send me a pic of you working with the sea lions in this chilly weather?

Sea Lion Keeper: Sure... (sends picture next to sea lion statue)

SMG: Im still using this.


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Are there some zoo animals that enjoy this weather?

SMG is another reason why Houston Zoo is the best Zoo!

Are we positive that’s the statue rather than it really just being that cold? 😛

More snow for TJ and Max ❤️ lucky them!

That’s my best friend Sophie for ya! 😂


Omg the Zoo is so awesome 😂😂😂 Alana Berry

Omg be warm sweetoe

Haha!! Good one!

Sweetie 💞

Ashley Jucker 😂

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Weve heard of stalagmites but is stalagmice a thing?


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Ok, it took me a minute to get this. I was literally zooming in to try to find the mouse. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄😂

Cindy Christina Angela Ramirez see I told y’all! Lol

I fell for the mouse thing too..

“Baby it’s cold outside!”

That's nothing! Talk to keepers from the northern states or Canada!

i was honestly looking for a mouse lol

Johnnie R. Summerlin, cool, see the "stalagm ice"?

Wow,that is so neat!

Annecia Wesley but where is the ice bacon? Lol

Two words. Pipe insulation.

That’s awesome!

Ana Rivers Smith cool!


Pauline Ervin

Denise Daigre

Ashley Nguyen

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Brrrr. It’s cold out there! We have made the decision to close the Houston Zoo tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 17. Don’t worry, the animals are safe and warm in their night houses!

A limited number of staff from departments like Animal Programs, Safety and Security and Operations/Facilities will be onsite to perform essential services and have the Zoo ready for us to reopen Thursday morning.

A big ol' high-five to our awesome team members who braved this icy cold to come in and care for our animals and zoo facilities.
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Safety and welfare of the animals first! Thanks guys for all you do.

Yes thank you for everything yall do to keep the animals safe .. y'all keep safe and warm

Thank you for taking good care of our animals!

Thank u for keeping those Babies safe and warm!❤️

Thank you for all you do!

Thank you for ZOO LIGHTS. it was amazing this year!

Thank you, zoo team. Stay safe!

Mandy Rinker— really? Too cold? You’re from the Midwest girl


thank you for all you do and keep the furry babies warm


Thank you for taking care of our precious animals that we love to come see!

Thank you for keeping those beautiful animals safe. 💕

Thank you for making sure the animals are safe and warm.

Thank you for all you do for these amazing animals!!

Go, Erika!!!

Thank you 💕


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