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ZooMobile

When you can’t bring your crew to the Zoo, let us come to you! The ZooMobile and its team of experienced staff travel to schools and community events throughout the Houston area providing an unique and educational experience to a variety of audiences. These engaging events allow participants to come eye to eye with fascinating ambassador animals, engage with Zoo Educators and be inspired to change behaviors that will ultimately help animals in the wild.

Summer ZooMobile Options

Summer Programs

Available to book June, July, and August
Tailored for grades preK – 5
Up to 40 participants per program
30-minute program includes touchable Ambassador Animals!
$175 for the first program, additional programs $150

Topics to Choose From:
  • Animal Storytime (ages 2-5)
  • Animals in Action (ages 5 and up)
  • So, You Want to be a Zookeeper? (ages 5 and up)

Booking Your Summer ZooMobile

Summer ZooMobile programs are available June, July, and August. Before you book, please be sure to read our policies and procedures. Note that the Summer ZooMobile program is an educational presentation for schools, organizations or festivals; we do not provide animals for a “petting zoo” experience, birthday parties, or private residences.

ZooMobile Policies and Procedures

Send us your request today!

Request a Zoomobile

Are You Far Away? Mileage Fees

Due the added cost of a long drive, we add trip fees by estimated mileage. The Directions in Google Maps can help you calculate your estimated mileage from 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030.

1-10 Miles – $25
11-25 Miles – $50
26-40 Miles – $75
41-55 Miles – $100
56-70 Miles – $125

We travel no more than 70 miles. Fees are assessed using Google maps and are measured from the Zoo to the program location.

Four ZooMobile Options for Your School

Classroom Program

Available to book September-May
Tailored for grades preK – 5
Up to 35 participants per program
30-minute program includes touchable Ambassador Animals!
$175 for the first program, additional programs $150

Topics to Choose From:
  • Animal Storytime
  • Ecosystem Explorers
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Food Webs
  • So, You Want to be a Zookeeper?
Special Edition Classroom Program:

Explore Your School Garden

Available to book September-May
Tailored for grades 2 – 5
Up to 35 participants per program
60 minute program includes touchable Ambassador Animals!
$200 for the first program, additional programs $175

Get outside and investigate! Students will use Vernier ProScopes and iPads to explore the plants and animals that call their schoolyard home. The green space around your school is the perfect place to make observations, share findings, and understand the natural world. In this program, students will head outdoors to meet animals up close and utilize new technology. Students will have the opportunity to gain a greater sense of appreciation for nature right outside their classroom.

Assembly Program

Available to book September-May
Tailored for grades 1 – 5
Up to 100 participants per program
45 minute program includes Ambassador Animals! 
$275 per program

Topics to Choose From:
  • Deep in the Heart of Texas
  • Giant Armadillo Adventure
  • Endangered Species

Science Night Festival Program

This program is an excellent option for open format events that allow students to choose to visit our station, ask questions, and meet our Ambassador Animals.

Available to book September-May
Great for any grade level
No limit to the number of participants
Maximum of 2 hours
Includes touchable Ambassador Animals!
$375 per program

Topics to Choose From:
  • Travel Around the Globe
  • So, You Want to be a Zookeeper?

Topics

Animals in Action

What do animals really need to survive? Animals have amazing adaptations! Explore the many animal traits that are must-have requirements for survival. From the fiercest hunters to the fastest sprinters, animals are equipped to thrive in the wild. Learn from a Zoo educator about the adaptations and survival stories of our ambassador animals.

Animal Storytime

The only things kids love more than Storytime are animals. Students will experience a story and meet live animals featured throughout the book. This program is perfect for Pre-K groups.

So, You Want to be a Zookeeper?

Try a zoo career on for size! Explore some different tools of the trade that help a zoo run. Whether you want to work with animals as a keeper or veterinarian. Maybe you want to be and architect or engineer and design exhibits for animals. A zoo is like a mini-city where everyone plays a role with a different skill set that is needed in order to care and protect animals. This program opens student’s eyes to the diversity of careers associated with a zoo and how to prepare for them.

Ecosystem Explorers

Discover all organisms need the same components from their habitat in order to survive: food, water, shelter and space. Join us as we explore some of the world’s most incredible landscapes. From sand ridden deserts to the tops of the rainforests we will discover unique places and meet the live animals that call them home.

Animal Adaptations

Explore the many tools that animals use to survive in their environments. From the fiercest hunters to the fastest sprinters, animals are equipped to thrive in the wild. Learn how these characteristics equip animals to hunt, forage and protect themselves in the wild. Students will meet ambassador animals and see their adaptations up close.

Food Webs

Come unravel the intricacies of the food web as we discover how every animal in an ecosystem relies on one another. From soaring birds of prey to blooming flowers, all living organisms play a vital role in the environment. Do you know what your role is? Meet ambassador animals and discover what role they play in a food web.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Texas is a big place that has many different habitats. From the Pineywoods to the Panhandle, the Red River to the Rio Grande, join us as we take a tour of the state and discover the amazing diversity of animals that call Texas home. In this program, students will meet a variety of ambassador animals native to our state.

Giant Armadillo Adventure

You think things are big in Texas? Take a trip to the largest tropical wetlands in the world, Brazil’s Pantanal, and learn about the elusive giant armadillo. Measuring in at five feet long, this incredible animal is an important ecosystem engineer. Discover how scientists are learning about this species right now and meet a few of the species that share its home.

Endangered Species

Endangered species in the wild face a variety of threats ranging from pollution to habitat loss. Discover what the Houston Zoo and our partners are doing to save these amazing animals in the wild. Take action by joining us in our efforts to help wildlife.

Travel Around the Globe

Explore the diversity of worldwide habitats and learn how animals survive in different places around the world. This program uses a variety of ambassador animals and will educate students about ecological concepts while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship towards the global ecosystem.

Looking for a ZooMobile for your next community event?

Community Festival Program

An informal, up-close experience that is perfect for your community festival or other events. A Zoo Educator with an exciting selection of animals and artifacts will provide two to four hours of engaging programming centered around how each of us can save animals in the wild from right here in Houston.

Maximum of four hours
No limit to the number of participants

$375 for the first two hours
$250 each additional hour
Includes Ambassador Animals!

Booking Your ZooMobile

Before you book, please be sure to read our policies and procedures. Note that the ZooMobile program is an educational presentation for schools, organizations or festivals; we do not provide animals for a “petting zoo” experience, birthday parties, or private residences.

ZooMobile Policies and Procedures

Send us your request today!

Request a Zoomobile

Are You Far Away? Mileage Fees

Due the added cost of a long drive, we add trip fees by estimated mileage. The Directions in Google Maps can help you calculate your estimated mileage from 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030.

1-10 Miles – $25
11-25 Miles – $50
26-40 Miles – $75
41-55 Miles – $100
56-70 Miles – $125

We travel no more than 70 miles. Fees are assessed using Google maps and are measured from the Zoo to the program location.

Ambassador Animals

The ZooMobile provides an opportunity for you to get up close and interact with our ambassador animals. Connect with a variety of animals such as a chinchilla, screech owl, porcupine and many more. Learn what they eat and how they are cared for as a member of the Houston Zoo family. Meet our amazing ambassadors and find out how you and your group can take action to save animals in the wild on your next ZooMobile!

We’ll surprise you with a selection of delightful critters; it is not possible to reserve specific animals when you schedule your ZooMobile.

Need more information? Don’t see a program that fits your needs?
Contact us at education@houstonzoo.org, and we can answer your questions.

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