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Behind the Scenes at Kipp Aquarium

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How do we make salt water? How do you feed an octopus? Walk behind the tanks with our expert aquarists and learn all that goes into creating an ocean environment at the Houston Zoo.


Tuesdays from 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Members $65 per person
Non-Members $90 per person

A portion of each Behind the Scenes purchase goes towards protecting animals in the wild.

Reserve your spot today – these experiences book quickly!

Become a Member and enjoy the discounted tour price as well as many other member benefits! Find out more:


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Zoo Visit Included!
The Zoo opens at 9 a.m., and you are welcome to stay all day on the day of your Behind the Scenes experience.

Ages 8 and Up
This experience is not permitted for kids under age 8. Please register at least one adult per child under 12 in your party.

Behind the Scenes Size Limit
This exclusive experience is limited to just six people per experience. If you have fewer than six in your party, you may be joined by other registrants, not to exceed six persons total.

Capturing the Moment
For the safety and well-being of our animal residents, there is no flash photography allowed in this area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I experience this encounter on any day or time?

How early should we arrive?

Where do I park?

Where do I meet?

Do we need to print our tickets?

What is the dress code?

What happens if it rains?

What else do I need to know?

What if I need to cancel?

Any Other Questions?

For questions regarding this or any other Animal Encounter, call the Conservation Education department (713) 533-6500 or email animalencounters@houstonzoo.org