Starting today, July 27, the Houston Zoo begins its next reopening phase which includes several guest-favorite areas. In this phase, the Zoo will re-open indoor, air-conditioned buildings, an extension of Wortham World of Primates and bears pathways, and the Wildlife Carousel.
Carruth Natural Encounters, the Reptile & Amphibian House, Bug House, and Gorilla Arrival Building in the African Forest will also open to visitors. The reopened indoor buildings will offer guests a place to cool off from the summer heat as they visit animals like the Asian small-clawed otters, sloth, snakes, frogs, leafcutter ants, and the red river hogs.
Children can once again take a ride on the Wildlife Carousel with a few changes as safety continues to be a top priority. Pre-purchased, online tickets are required to ride the carousel andsome carousel animals will be closed to riders to allow for proper social distancing. Zoo staff will clean and disinfect the carousel between every ride and hand sanitizer will also be available for guests to use as they enter and exit the carousel.
As visitors explore the Wortham World of Primates path, they’ll soon have a chance to meet Peter Rabbit, the now three-month-old Schmidt’s red-tailed monkey born in April. Also, along this path are black howler monkeys, Siamang and white-cheeked gibbons, and tamarins.
The ongoing zoo safety and operational protocols are still in place. All guests, including members, must purchase or reserve tickets online prior to visiting the Zoo and choose between three entry times – morning, mid-day, and afternoon. Zoo staff continues to focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas throughout the day. Masks are required while visiting the Zoo, and maintaining proper social distancing is highly encouraged.
For all Houston Zoo reopening updates and to purchase tickets, visit houstonzoo.org.