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The Houston Zoo is temporarily closed. Tickets will go back on sale when the Zoo opens on April 4.

Health Updates

As a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Houston Zoo is temporarily closing to the public effective today, March 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. through April 3, 2020.

March 13, 2020 – The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife. We recognize that visiting the Zoo is much more than experiencing wildlife up close, but is also an opportunity to enjoy the wonder of the natural world with family and friends. We have been closely monitoring the constantly evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and we feel it is our responsibility to do what we can to help reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19. 

As a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Houston Zoo is temporarily closing to the public effective today, March 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. through April 3, 2020. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, and the animals in our care. Care is at the heart of our mission and we thank you for your understanding as we all look out for our community and our animals. 

See below for additional further updates. We promise to keep you connected to the Zoo through our social media accounts while we’re closed. Please follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Animal Care

Our animals are healthy and doing well, and we continue to provide them with dedicated, professional care every day. Animal care teams will continue working at the Zoo to provide vital care to our animals while we are closed. The Houston Zoo assures continuity in the high quality care we provide for our animals through contingency planning.

At the Zoo, we have emergency procedures in place that assure we have additional feed and supplies to last throughout the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not received any reports of wildlife or animals in human care becoming sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus. 

What this means

Admission tickets purchased online are good for 6 months after purchase. If your tickets are due to expire in March please contact us and we will extend the expiration dates on your tickets. 

All events through April 3 are cancelled or postponedIf you purchased a ticket, we will reach out to you separately if you haven’t already heard from us. For more information email group.reservations@houstonzoo.org. 

All education programs are canceled through April 3If you booked an education program or animal encounter, we will reach out to you separately if you haven’t already heard from us. For more information contact us at education@houstonzoo.org. 

All active memberships at the moment of the temporary closure will be extended accordingly when we reopen. For more information contact us at membership@houstonzoo.org