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World Lemur Festival at the Zoo

Sunday, October 22, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Event Details

Jump over to the Houston Zoo on Sunday, October 22, for our annual World Lemur Festival! Our year-round Zoo Crew teens will be hosting fun activities for all ages, such as scavenger hunts, games, a dance party from 1:30-2:00 p.m., and even a “We Love Lemurs” parade from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Join us at the parade to meet our lemur-saving partner from Madagascar, Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy, and learn about what Houston Zoo’s partners are doing to save lemurs in the wild in Madagascar.

Dressing up as your favorite lemur is encouraged, just in time for Halloween!


This event is included with general admission and free for members. 

Event Highlights

Keeper Talks Presented by Phillips 66

  • 10:00 a.m. – Sifaka lemurs
  • 11:00 a.m. – Ring-tailed lemurs
  • 12:00 p.m. – Crowned lemurs

Werler Lawn Activities (near Reflection Pool)

  • Lemur Olympics – guests will test their physical skills against a lemur by completing the high jump, long jump, balance beam, and sifaka hop.
  • Aye-Aye Grub Hunt – guests will learn how the aye-aye finds its food by picking grubs out of tree stumps.
  • Lemur Pollination Game – guests will learn how the black and white ruffed lemur is an important pollinator species in Madagascar.
  • Ring-tail lemur ring toss – guests will try their luck at this classic carnival game with a Houston Zoo twist.

Wortham World of Primates Activities: 

  • Scavenger Hunt – guests will learn about the diversity of lemurs as they search for hidden lemurs throughout WWP.
  • Lemur Sapphire Mining Activity – guests will learn how sapphire mining impacts lemurs in front of the sifaka lemur exhibit.
  • Lemur Art Exhibition – we will display lemur themed art submitted by Zoo Crew and Houston Zoo staff.
  • And more!

Saving Lemurs in the Wild

You are saving lemurs in the wild by visiting Houston Zoo. In recent years, the Zoo provided support for educational materials for children living around wild lemur homes in Madagascar. Our Malagasy conservation partners educate local children about the importance of wildlife like lemurs and the children influence their family to protect animals.