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Finding the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones can be stressful. Luckily, we’re here to help! Below are some Houston Zoo gift ideas that are sure to please everyone on your list this year! Offers expire December 31, 2017 and may not be combined with any other offer.

NEW! Membership Gift Certificates

Looking for the perfect gift idea? Give the gift that keeps on giving all year long – a Membership Gift Certificate! This holiday season, share the benefits of a Houston Zoo membership with family, friends, colleagues and more! A Membership Gift Certificate is a quick and easy gifting solution for everyone on your shopping list!

Purchase a Membership Gift Certificate today and the recipient has six months to redeem. Their year of benefits begins when they are ready to redeem!*

Zoo Member Benefits

  • Unlimited FREE Zoo admission for one full year
  • Exclusive use of the Members Express Entrance
  • Monthly Member Mornings – early entry at 8:00 a.m. just for Members
  • Discounted admission tickets for guests
  • Discounted Texas Direct Auto Wildlife Carousel rides
  • Discounted TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights tickets
  • An invitation to Zoobilee, the Houston Zoo’s annual member appreciation celebration
  • Discounted admission at over 100 other zoos nationwide. See the list of participating zoos.
  • Discounts in the Houston Zoo Gift Shop (some restrictions apply)
  • Exclusive access to book a birthday party package at the Zoo
  • Discounts on special events and programs
  • Early registration for Camp Zoofari, Houston Zoo’s summer camp program
  • E-newsletter with the latest Zoo news

*Expiration date is based on the date of purchase and cannot be changed.

Gift of Grub

From crickets and carrots to worms and watermelons, we go through tons of food to satisfy animal appetites. Give our animals the Gift of Grub this holiday season! Your contribution could be doubled because TXU Energy is matching gifts up to a total of $50,000 until December 31.

Visit the Gift of Grub webpage to donate today:


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!


Adopt an Animal


Looking for a warm and fuzzy gift to give your loved one this holiday season? Give the gift of Adopt! Your recipient will be delighted when they receive a gift with a custom Adoption certificate, a unique animal photo, and fascinating facts about their adopted species. If you Adopt at the Guardian or Protector level, your recipient will also get a cuddly animal plush, perfect for the winter season! Your Adoption will support the Zoo’s animal care, conservation and education programs.

$35 Advocate of the Animals
$60 Guardian of the Animals
$100 Protector of the Animals

Choose from 30 animals available for adoption!


Please note that Adopt orders take 7-10 business days to process, so please keep this in mind when ordering for the holidays. Additional shipping and handling charges apply.