Cool Nights: Teddy Bear Bash

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

For this Cool Nights, it’s all about bears! Bring your teddy bear to the Zoo, dance in a Teddy Bear Parade, and learn all about the bears who live at the Houston Zoo and how you can help save bears in the wild.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

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Cool Nights: Under the Sea

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Make a splash at the Zoo and learn all about our marine animals and how you can keep them and their ocean homes healthy. This night only, the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park will stay open late! Plus, stay even later for a showing of the iconic movie, Sandlot!

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

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Cool Nights: Coolest Backyard Bash

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Bring a friend, bring a date, or bring your family and join us for the Coolest Backyard Bash! Enjoy music, outdoor games, and more as you take advantage of the cooler evening hours.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

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Cool Nights: Pollinator Palooza

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Celebrate Pollinators! Pollinators help plants complete their life cycle by moving pollen from one plant to another. This is a very important process if you like any of the following things – chocolate, fruits, ice cream, and even tequila! Join us for music, games, and activities to learn more about how to help pollinators.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

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Cool Nights: Snowin’ in the South

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

June 16: Snow in Texas? In June? Only at the Houston Zoo! We’re making it snow for the first Cool Nights of the season! Make a snowman or snow angel and learn how the Houston Zoo helps save animals here in Texas. Want to stay for Zoovie Night? Well you are in luck! We will be showing SING on a giant outdoor screen! Stay late and put down your blanket to watch the movie at 8:30 p.m.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

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Bowling for Rhinos

Save endangered wildlife in a fun night of bowling that is perfect for the whole family! This annual fundraiser to is organized by The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). Proceeds are donated to three conservation projects in Africa working to protect wild rhinos in their native habitat.

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Zoo Overnights

Spend the night at the Zoo on a Wild Winks overnight for a fun-filled and totally unique after-hours experience! All overnights include interactive activities, guided flashlight tours, a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and more!

Register in advance – these events frequently fill up!

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Turtle SOS Saturday

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us for this special Spotlight on Species, featuring these remarkable reptiles. Do you know the difference between a turtle, a tortoise and a terrapin? Know what turtles eat, or how impressively long their lifespan is? Find out from the turtle experts at the Houston Zoo.

There will be activities for the kids, and live turtles on display. Conservation heroes will be there to discuss saving turtles in the wild, how the Houston Zoo participates and what you can do to help as well.

Look for the tables in front of the Reptile House, or inside if the weather is rainy.

This event is free for Houston Zoo members and is included with your admission ticket.

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Take a look at our beautiful new elephant habitat that DOUBLES the existing elephant complex. It's open now, so come watch our elephants play, splash, and swim. You've gotta see this! ... See MoreSee Less

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I took some of my daycare kiddos yesterday specifically to see the new space. They had it blocked off and wouldn't let anyone pass through the elephant area through to the hoofed animals. We were really sad we didn't get to see it.

Not fond of most zoos, but at least these elephants are safe from killers like the Trump sons.

John and JoAnn we need to take Grant again. He will be so excited to see this!

Waiting for some stupid kid to jump in and ruin it for the elephants.

Eddie - we gotta go soon so Adrian can see his favorite animal splish-solash

JoAnn, looks like we're taking Thomas to the zoo soon! 😍

Jenny Carlisle I see a great excuse for Kimber to come visit besides to see her cousins!!

Allison Jones I want to go see the elephants in the pool!

We need to go with belle before it gets too hot!!! Thomas Anderson

We haven't been yet but I love the way the fencing is low enough to take pictures. Great job!!! :)

This is wonderful. I could watch them play in the water all day.

Congratulations! The elephants and keepers are so deserving of a new barn and pool area👍🏼

Kayla Brooks I could totally live here with these elephants.

Manuel Yañez look it's open! aww, they look so happy! 🤗

Natasha Doom-Blackerby I know you love the zoo like me, look at this!!

Breck Staude Double date to the zoo with David Kern and I?

Kelly Ford we have to plan another trip! Landon will love this

Elephants seem to love it. Looks peaceful an relaxing.

Susana Marquina its finally open. Leilani and Abigail would love it

Awesome but the girls should get a chance to go for a swim too

Wow que padre que hicieron eso ya les hacía falta a los pobres elefantes 😊 para los calores que se avecinan ya.

Pablo Villanueva omg 😱😱😱 we must go see the elephants

The elephants look much happier now. :)

Bret Howard, more reason to go again this weekend. 😍

Brandynne now we definitely need to go

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We are live from our HUGE new elephant habitat expansion. This incredible new area opens tomorrow! ... See MoreSee Less

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Do the Asian and African elephants coexist well?

how would you save a elephant if they had difficult swimming?

Is there opportunities for the public to get up close to see the elephants behind the scenes?

Do you offer any type of feeding or event like you have with the giraffes? Or sticking with the bath time?

Can they climb up on that ledge or is that just to keep them back from the fence

Will males and females be always separated now?

Do the elephants hug and let you get kisses?

When do the trainers talk this summer?

Will the females get to share the yard too?

How/where will males and females interact?

How much did this cost the taxpayers of Houston???

What is the depth of the pool?

About how long can they hold breath

Is there a web cam at the new yard?

How can you tell who is Tucker and who is Baylor

Are the elephants on display today?

How many elephants are there?

When is it open to public?

How deep is the pool

Still want to know why only the males are getting to use the new area.

I know they had said this habitat is for the males, does that mean the males and females will always be separated from now on

Gross question, but I'm curious... Do elephants defecate under water & is maintenance similar to a home pool?

@Cheree Neil It is to do with habits. Elephants when lacking enrichment complete stereotypical behaviours as they're known and swaying is one of them. It essentially is a display of boredom.

Kelsey Patterson - we are going to get to the zoo before you pop! Even if i have to push you around in one of those sea lion carts! LOL!

Ian, we love you and are so proud of you. Thank you for being our son.

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Want to see our brand new elephant habitat expansion before its grand opening tomorrow? We are going live at 10:30 this morning to show you the beautiful habitat. Tune in and bring your questions! ... See MoreSee Less

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Want to see our brand new elephant habitat expansion before its grand opening tomorrow? We are going live at 10:30 this morning to show you the beautiful habitat. Tune in and bring your questions!

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Elephants getting spoiled!! I love it!!!!! Does Sven serve them drinks? lol...

Lauren Radley Sharp a new extension to the elephants and recently They did a brand new gorilla area!!! Can't wait to check it out next month!!

Heather Charette !!!!!!!! Doode we were like a week or two early 😂😂😂 were having another #zoodate !! Are you going to watch live it's in 4 minutes!!!!

At first i thought the pictuer was of a couple of eleaphant take a dip in a hotel pool

Judy & Krystle . we need to go again before it gets too hot 😁

Jessica Kraus - we are overdue for a Gammy pic there, and I have not had one with my newest grand daughter.........

Tesla Reyes now it wants open the new section! lol. guess that means another trip?

Christy Stigen Lets have a zoo day when y'all are down!!!

FYI..hisd last day is today..so get ready for the summer rush lol

Erica Gullberg let's try and go Sunday maybe lol 😂 they were building this when we went in March

Nanis Bayardo mira. Ya lo acabaron el habiysy de los elefantes

They were still working when we went a few weeks ago, sure looks like they will enjoy it!

Rosa Slattery i can not wait to go see it. Maybe we can all go together!!!

Sara Taylor, we need to go with no kids 😂

That wus fast babe that they finished it babe and si babe we need to go and we will bebe. I want to go already babe Daisy Vasquez

That looks a lot like Elephant Mesa at the San Diego Zpo. Very nice :-)

Jamie Culpepper yeah when you get back we going!!!!

Carlos Eduardo Paiva o zoo daqui é realmente fantástico!!!

Phyllis Cravins Lappin maybe we should plan a small trip when it gets cooler!!

Israel-Lissette Espiricueta- ready to take our kids to the zoo next week??

I really wish the expanded the parking lot. You have to get there super early to find a parking spot

Nicole Rivas Look When we went they were still building it, it looks nice

Need a trip before it gets super hot!!! Nikki B Miller Alecia Brookins Moran Missy Bloomfield Crumpler Kami Hanks Kayla Sherer

Will the females get to share the habitat with the males?

Can't wait!! We are coming to the flock opening! 😊😊

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