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Social Events


From cocktail parties to class reunions, have your party at the Houston Zoo – you can be sure your guests will be buzzing about your event long after the party ends. Enjoy everything from an unforgettable pool-side evening on our sea lion deck to a lush tropical rainforest setting with cascading waterfalls in our Natural Encounters building.

Venue Options

Explore the special event venues below. These spaces are ordered with your guest count in mind. Whichever you choose, the Special Events staff at the zoo will work with you to make your private event elegant and unique.

Venue Map
View our map to see precisely where in the Zoo each event venue is located.
Nau Family Gorilla Treehouse – up to 60 guests
Gorilla Arrival Building – up to 60 guests
Herbert A. & Elizabeth N. Kipp Memorial Aquarium -
up to 60 guests
The Onstead Foundation Chimpanzee Habitat -
up to 60 guests
Sea Lion Deck - up to 60 guests
The Robert & Janice McNair Foundation Great Ape Gallery – up to 80 guests
McNair Asian Elephant Habitat - up to 80 guests
Twiga Café - up to 90 guests
The Carruth Natural Encounters Building - up to 100 guests
Reptile House - up to 100 guests
Jaguar Habitat - up to 120 guests
George R. Brown Conservation Education Center - up to 150 guests
Karamu Outpost - up to 150 guests
Masihara Pavilion - up to 400 guests
Reflection Pool - up to 1,500 guests
Reserve the Entire Zoo


“The Houston Zoo far exceeded my expectations for the Jones Graduate School of Business Gala. The event was completely seamless and the Zoo staff allowed me to relax and enjoy the event. This was by far the best gala Rice has seen!”
– Kristen Meyer, Rice University

“Since our event several of our guests have stated that it was so well they will consider hosting events there in the future. In addition, several older guests said they hadn’t been to the Zoo in more than 20 years and were pleased with how beautiful the grounds were and couldn’t wait to come back soon with their grandkids.”
– Ryan Dagley, North Shore Rotary

“The Houston Zoo is the best place/venue to hold our fundraising events. The event coordination staff is phenomenal and very patient working with clients. We have all our fundraising events at the Houston Zoo!”
– Alex Urband, Epilepsy Foundation Texas


We provide extensive, full-service catering detailed to fit your specific party needs. By serving locally sourced and sustainable products, we have the capabilities and resources to make your business luncheon, intimate dinner, or stunning gala a truly unique event experience.

 Daytime Menu

 Evening Menu

Event Enhancements

If you’re looking to have the most unique special event in town, we’ve got plenty of exciting experiences and extras to ensure your guests have the best time. From animal experiences to beautiful décor, we can help you create the perfect party.

Animal Ambassador Presentation
Scavenger Hunt
Souvenir Conservation Wristbands
DJ and Bands
Additional Entertainment
Enrichment Roundup
Action For Apes
Party Favors
Upgraded Linens

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Questions? Need Pricing? For more information, fill out our convenient form, and a Houston Zoo Special Events representative will contact you with all the answers.

Houston Zoo Special Events