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Animal Encounters

Get up close with some of your favorite Houston Zoo residents by booking one of these exclusive experiences. They come in two varieties; choose from Animal Encounters, with a focus on interacting with amazing animals, and Behind the Scenes Experiences, journeying to staff only areas of the Zoo along with the keepers who care for Zoo animals.

By participating in a Houston Zoo Animal Encounter, you help save animals in the wild!

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Looking to gift an Animal Encounter? Our Encounter gift certificates are great for auctions/event prizes, gifts for employees, holiday gifts and more. See details on each Encounter page below.

Private Tour: Join the Asante Society

Asante Society members receive an annual private tour included with their membership.

Please note, the tour is for two named Asante member(s) and children of their household under age 18.

Join Asante

Animal Encounter Gift Certificates

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.

Gift Certificates are available on each individual Animal Encounter page.

Animal Encounters are contingent upon availability.