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Animal Encounters

Get up close with some of your favorite Houston Zoo residents by booking one of these exclusive experiences. They come in two varieties; choose from Animal Encounters, with a focus on interacting with amazing animals, and Behind the Scenes Experiences, journeying to staff only areas of the Zoo along with the keepers who care for Zoo animals each day. Hear how you can join us and our conservation partners to help save these animals in the wild! Click on the pictures below to register now!

Is a particular date important to you? Choose by date rather than by animal or experience:


NEW! Animal Encounter Gift Certificates

This holiday season, give the gift every animal lover wants. Step into a Zookeeper’s world with an Animal Encounter, where guests stand eye to eye with a giraffe, take a walk with a cheetah, or feel the softness of a rhino’s skin. Or go beyond the “Employees Only” gates with a Behind the Scenes experience, and learn all about the incredible animals from the people who know them best—the Zookeepers!

Animal Encounters are contingent upon availability.
*Please note, this offer excludes Red panda and Sloth Encounters

To purchase your Animal Encounter Gift Certificate, please call (713) 533-6739.



Choose a Behind the Scenes Experience


Interested in a private tour experience? Asante Society members receive an annual private tour* included with their membership.
*Please note, tour is for two named Asante member(s) and children of their household under age 18