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Corporate Events and Meetings

Need a unique venue for a corporate dinner, meeting, company retreat or luncheon? The Houston Zoo can cater to your every need. With a variety of venue options and delicious meal choices, we’ve got you covered! Consider us for your next event.

Venue Options

Hidden high up in the trees sits the Nau Family Gorilla Treehouse. This intimate and exclusive space is perfect for company meetings and dinner parties.

Incredible 30 foot maple table seats 32 or divides into separate tables seating 60 total (additional fee applies to separate table)

Audio-video capability
Daytime or evening rental
One-of-a-kind views of the gorilla and red river hog habitat
Private restrooms inside the building

Capacity:
Boardroom style: 32
Dinner style capacity: 60

This space is for grownups only! We look forward to hosting your board meeting, cocktail party or dinner in this exclusive location.

Enter Africa with panoramic scenery of the gorilla and red river hog habitat. Take the views to the next level by adding the Gathering Tent to your event.

Seating for 60 included
Daytime or evening rental
Built-in service bar
Light music permitted inside building

Capacity:
Seating: 60
Cocktail style: 70

Addition of the Gathering Tent available for an additional fee
Evening rental only
Cocktail style capacity for both spaces combined: 200

Make your next event an underwater adventure by surrounding yourself with serene water displays filled with aquatic life from around the world.

Seating for 60 included
Evening rental
Light music permitted inside building
Music with dancing permitted outside building

Capacity:
Seating: 60
Cocktail style: 80

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a picturesque view into the nearly half-an-acre chimpanzee habitat.

Seating for 60 included
Evening rental
Private restroom inside building
Light music permitted inside building

Capacity:
Seating: 60
Cocktail style: 100

An on-deck dining experience like no other in town. Two decks accommodate pool-side seating and provide diverse views of the habitat.

Seating for 60 included
Evening rental
Light music permitted in area
No glass or china permitted on deck

Capacity:
Seating: 60
Cocktail style: 120

This richly earth-toned venue has beamed ceilings and features vibrant displays of all things gorilla. Expansive windows showcase the inspiring Gorilla Day Room.

Seating for 80 included
Gorilla statues perfect for photo ops
Daytime or evening rental
Dimmable lighting

Capacity:
Seating: 80
Cocktail style: 100

Journey into Southeast Asia when you party like a pachyderm at the magnificent McNair Asian Elephant Habitat. An expansive boardwalk features unobstructed views of the elephant yard and pool while lush landscaping surrounds your outdoor celebration.

Seating for 80 included at dining alcove
Evening rental
Tranquil water feature with founatins
Light music permitted

Capacity:
Seating: 80
Cocktail style: 200

The restaurant’s French Colonial ambiance and soaring ceilings will transport you on an African adventure. Make it a true African experience by adding the patios that overlook the giraffe and rhino habitats.

Seating for 90 included inside restaurant at existing tables
Evening rental
Light music permitted inside building
Music with dancing permitted in plaza
Capacity: Seating: 90
Addition of the Giraffe and Rhino Patios for an additional fee

Capacity:
Seating – Giraffe: 55
Seating – Rhino: 65

Add Plaza for an additional fee
Capacity:
Seating: 180

A journey through Natural Encounters is like a journey through an entire continent. See the homes of animals from the river’s edge, rainforest canopy, desert, and coral reef. Make it an elegant encounter with a seated dinner or party with the piranhas as you crawl through a see-through tunnel that looks into their exhibit.

Seating for 100 included
Evening rental
Built-in sound system
Built-in service bar
Light music permitted inside building
Private restrooms inside building
Music with dancing permitted outside building

Capacity:
Seating: 100
Cocktail style: 150

The Reptile House offers an unforgettable setting for a most unique gathering. Treat your guests to an unusual “house” party that is sure to intrigue everyone in attendance.

Seating for 100 included
Evening rental
Distinctive desert and tropical displays in exhibits
Light music permitted inside building
Music with dancing permitted outside building

Capacity:
Seating: 100
Cocktail style: 200

Tucked away beneath some of the Zoo’s oldest oak trees, enjoy a night under the stars. The Jaguar Habitat provides an enchanting backdrop as you mix and mingle with your guests.

Seating for 100 included
Evening rental
Tranquil waterfall in exhibit
Music with dancing permitted

Enhance your cocktail hour by adding the McNair Elephant Habitat for an additional fee
Capacity:
Seating: 120
Cocktail style: 250

George R. Brown Conservation Education Center

This is a great spot for lunch, dinner, or an all-day meeting. Combine the Hall with the Auditorium to conduct a dynamic presentation with full audio-visual capability.

Seating for 100 included
Daytime or evening rental
Private restrooms inside the building
Music with dancing permitted inside building

Capacity:
Hall seating: 150
Hall cocktail style: 300

Auditorium and Classrooms available for an additional fee

Auditorium
Built-in projector, screen, microphone, and speakers
Stadium style seating capacity: 295

Classrooms, A & B
Daytime or evening rental
Built-in projector and screen
Removable partition allows for combining or separating the two classrooms
Seating capacity: 35 per classroom

This room without walls captures the simplicity and serenity of the Zoo.

Seating for 150 included at existing picnic tables (fee applies to remove and upgrade tables)
Daytime or evening rental
Easy access to restrooms
Music with dancing permitted

Capacity:
Seating capacity under tent: 150
Cocktail style: 300

On the edge of the African Forest sits this vibrant, covered party venue. It is the perfect place to gather for a large company outing or dance the night away with family and friends!

Seating for 200 included
Daytime or evening rental
Easy access to restrooms
Music with dancing permitted
Option to close tent panels
4 large ceiling fans

Capacity:
Seating under tent: 400
Lawn seating: 200
Cocktail style: 1,200

Spend your evening under a canopy of majestic oak trees alongside hundreds of koi fish who call this pool home. Let this iconic locale serve as a breathtaking backdrop to your al fresco dining experience.

Seating for 200 included
Evening rental
Tranquil water fountains
Music and dancing permitted

Capacity:
Seating around pool: 500
Lawn seating: 1000
Cocktail style: 2500
Additional lighting recommended

Looking for a zoo-nique experience? Ask about renting out the entire Zoo for an exclusive evening!

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Catering

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.

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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.

Daytime Event Enhancements

Evening Event Enhancements

Testimonials

“Great team building event. This is our busy time of the year and everyone said this made you take a breath and relax. Excellent food and service. Great venue. Everyone commented on how nice and friendly everyone was from the time you entered the Zoo.”
– Caran Crooker, Castex Energy

“Memorial Hermann has hosted several events at the Zoo and we always come away feeling like we received a once in a lifetime experience! The people are wonderful, the grounds are so beautiful and animals speak for themselves. Thank you for always getting it right!”
– Lorraine Wright, Memorial Hermann

“ Having an event at the Houston Zoo’s Nau Family Gorilla Treehouse was an experience our recruitment team at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center won’t soon forget. From the exhibits to the animals and the facilities to the food, our expectations were far exceeded. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the Zoo family for an afternoon!”
– Kevin Shipley, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

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