Zoo Closing Early Today

Thursday, October 5, we close early for our Flocktoberfest event. Last entry at 4 p.m., closing at 5 p.m.

sea lions off exhibit

Tuesday, October 10, sea lions will be behind the scenes while we clean and maintain their outdoor habitat.

Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition: Happy Halloween!

Calling all little goblins and ghouls. Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition Halloween class is sure to provide the cutest of frights! Dress your little one in their favorite Halloween costume and join us on a ghostly adventure though the Zoo. Along the way, meet some animals that know how to do Halloween right! Adults are welcome (and encouraged) to dress up too!

Ages 18 – 23 months: October 30, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2 – 3 years: October 31, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4 – 5 years: October 31, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition: Happy Halloween!

Calling all little goblins and ghouls. Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition Halloween class is sure to provide the cutest of frights! Dress your little one in their favorite Halloween costume and join us on a ghostly adventure though the Zoo. Along the way, meet some animals that know how to do Halloween right! Adults are welcome (and encouraged) to dress up too!

Ages 18 – 23 months: October 30, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Ages 2 – 3 years: October 31, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Ages 4 – 5 years: October 31, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Cub Scout Overnight

7 p.m. to 9 a.m.
$60 per person

Our Badge Nights offer Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts the opportunity to complete badge requirements while enjoying a fun and educational experience at the Zoo. Join us for an experience like no other and explore the Houston Zoo by moonlight! Search for nocturnal creatures on the prowl using all your senses and learn how the Zoo cares for its amazing animals!

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Halloween Zoovie Night: Vote for the Movie!

Friday, October 13 & Saturday, October 21
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

NEW THIS FALL! We’ve got even MORE Halloween fun for the entire family to enjoy this October. Dress in your best Halloween costume and visit the Houston Zoo for spooktacular Zoovie Nights! Hocus Pocus is showing on October 13, and you can vote for which movie we show on the 21st!

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Hocus Pocus – Halloween Zoovie Night

Friday, October 13 & Saturday, October 21
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

NEW THIS FALL! We’ve got even MORE Halloween fun for the entire family to enjoy this October. Dress in your best Halloween costume and visit the Houston Zoo for spooktacular Zoovie Nights! Hocus Pocus is showing on October 13, and you can vote for which movie we show on the 21st!

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Camp Zoofari for Adults: Canines and Claws

Take a break from the stress of the holidays and spend your morning with a few of the sharp toothed and long clawed mammals at the Houston Zoo. Join us to learn some wild fun facts, take part in enriching their day, and meet a keeper that has the joy of working with brown bears, cheetahs and the king of the jungle.

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Yesterday, Houston Texans Ryan Griffin, Tom Savage, and Nick Martin and their families made some new friends at the Houston Zoo. Thanks for spending your day off with us, guys -- Go Texans! ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow, being a celebrity has its perks. You get to go inside the enclosures.

Bravo a toute l équipe

On Sunday, we had our 10,000th trader in the Swap Shop! This special area lets kids trade items found in nature and collect points. Stop by the Naturally Wild Swap Shop in the Children's Zoo on your next visit! ... See MoreSee Less

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On Sunday, we had our 10,000th trader in the Swap Shop! This special area lets kids trade items found in nature and collect points. Stop by the Naturally Wild Swap Shop in the Childrens Zoo on your next visit!

 

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Warning! Long message: We got our snacks ready to go to the zoo, but also packed a ziplock full of clam and oyster shells. Our little one, Maya would be going to the swap shop to earn her first points. She received a big surprise being named the 10000th trader. To commemorate the milestone, Sara and Suzanne made her a certificate and Julie presented her with an amazing display of three beautiful beatles. That was the obvious reward. The less tangible one was the affirmation of our little 4 year old lady's hard work in writing her journals, collecting specimens etc. that the staff gave her. We often, as do many of you all, tell her that those women and men in charge studied a lot to know so much about animals. What they didn't study but what is instead either a part of someone or not is the willingness and desire to affect this little generation of nose-picking, curious goofs. There were 9,999 registered traders before Maya and countless more families that benefit from this knowledgeable and kind staff that time after time has been just pure class with so many of us. From our little troop, a sincere thank you to Suzanne Jurek who came up with the idea to celebrate the 10,000th, Sara Riger for answering so many questions from so many with skill and to Angie Pyle for making the Children's zoo so special. Amber Zelmer, Wendy Morrison, Julie LaTurner, Brian Stuckey, Stephanie Turner, Kimberly Sharkey, Megan Paliwoda, Lisa Cariello all who we've seen throughout the zoo, from petting goats, learning about animal upkeep etc. From the McDonald observatory, Yosemite to Brazos Bend or ‪Huntsville State Park‬, we'll all keep encouraging our little ones to keep digging, asking questions. That is in no small part due to you all. Once again, thank you for being a part of our daughter's life since she was tiny. Also thanks to all of the 9,999 traders and all the others that benefit from the swap shop, our daughter got lucky in getting the prizes but we're most lucky that she has so many other friends with dedicated parents and with similar interests.

We love the Swap Shop!!!!

Fun, fun, fun! That’s a cool place!!

Bonne équipe j adore

This is Pumpkin. No not the pumpkins, the orangutan. Well yes, those are pumpkins too, but our orangutan is also named Pumpkin. Take a minute and enjoy Pumpkin(s). ... See MoreSee Less

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He ❤️❤️❤️ his kale. But some days you get to splurge and eat your dessert, pumpkin pie spiced popcorn, before your vegetables🥗🥕🥔

He takes the good stuff out & pours the leftovers in his mouth. Maybe Pumpkin prefers to drink his meals! Pumpkin says, “Smoothies, please!”😄❤️

It's ok Pumpkin. I feel the same way about kale. 👎

I worked with Pumpkin when he was younger.

Ashlee this is how I eat. Move the kale out of the way and shovel the rest in my mouth

Kenna Halloween orangutans

What a wonderful name for an orangutan. It is lovely to see such a beautiful seasonal surprise!

Charles David looks like we need another zoo trip! We never saw pumpkin

I just love the orangutans!! Is Bubba still there??

I love ❤️ to watch them!

Joseph Vasquez 😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I need to visit pumpkin.

So glad he is doing well and in a great place!!

Sweets for the sweetest orangutan ever! Love him

Jane Carolyn Sablich something you would thoroughly enjoy watching

He goes for the popcorn first !!! Great little video. Thank you ! :-D

Mayra Núñez we have to go!!!

Cooper Hale I hope Ned school is treating you well ❣️

Dalton Kuntschik this is my friend who came up to the window!!! 😍

Maria Bergan a little orangutan entertainment for you 🙂

Pumpkin says no to kale.

We got to see him last week!

Alex Garcia look how adorable he is!! 😍😍😍

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He's beautiful!

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