Alerts

Thursday, May 24, jaguars, cougars and tigers will close early at 4:30 p.m. for a private event.

Overflow parking and shuttle to the lot on Harvin will be available on Monday, May 28, for Zoo visitors on Memorial Day.

Thursday, June 21 and July 19, the Zoo will close early for After Dark: A Summer Series. Last entry at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.

Today's Shows, Feedings, and Talks

Catch a sea lion show, see the elephants' bath, or maybe even touch a snake or an armadillo! We have more than a dozen Meet the Keeper Talks every day. Times vary; scroll to the bottom of this page to see Today's Schedule.

Zoo Sprouts: Giant Giraffes!
May 23, 2018

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This program is for 4 and 5 year old kids; check the Zoo Sprouts page for programs for younger kids and more programs for this age group.

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space.

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition: Mommy and Me
May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

This program is for 4 and 5 year old kids; check the Zoo Sprouts page for programs for other age groups.

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space!

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Feline Fiesta – a Flock Event
May 24, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 6PM - 9PM

Join Flock for a wild night with our big cats! Hear them roar as you experience up-close jaguar and tiger feedings led by our carnivore team! Spend the evening enjoying savory bites and refreshing cocktails while learning how your Houston Zoo is committed to saving wildlife such as our favorite felines!

More Information and Tickets

Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition: Mommy and Me
May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This program is for 4 and 5 year old kids; check the Zoo Sprouts page for programs for other age groups.

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space!

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts! Special Edition: Mommy and Me
May 25, 2018

Friday, May 25
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

This program is for 2 and 3 year old kids; check the Zoo Sprouts page for programs for other age groups.

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! Programs are between 30 and 60 minutes and are an excellent way to enhance your Zoo visit with hands-on learning.

These events fill up well ahead of time; choose your program and book now to reserve your space!

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Big Bugs Opens
May 26, 2018

Open May 26 – September 3

All summer long, you can see bugs unlike ever before – up to 60 times larger than their normal size! From the 7-foot ladybug to the 33-foot tarantula, you’ll see these bugs in great detail as each is made to look exactly like its smaller counterpart.

Find Out More About Big Bugs

Mole Rat Encounter
May 28, 2018

Discover the secret underground lives of our naked mole rat colony with their expert keepers!

Animal Encounters are experiences you can schedule to add an extra-special memory to your Zoo visit. Reserve your spot today – these experiences book quickly! Most encounters occur at the same day and time once a week.

Mondays from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Members $65 per person
Non-Members $90 per person

Find Out More About This Animal Encounter

Zoo Closing Early
June 1, 2018

Friday, June 1, the Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry at 3 p.m., and the Zoo closes at 4 p.m.

Family Nature Club: Learn How to Fish in Pearland
June 2, 2018

Ever wanted to try fishing but didn’t know where to start? Here’s your chance! Join us for a morning of fishing with your family. Our experts will provide the supplies, bait, and tackle; no license necessary!

Family Nature Club is an opportunity for families to get outside together and explore nature! Each program takes place at various parks and nature centers around Houston.

Find Out More and Join Family Nature Club

Member Morning Featuring Tapirs
June 2, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Summer Camp Zoofari 2018 Begins
June 4, 2018

Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 through 12 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them. Every camp week will include touchable animal experiences, visits to several sections of the Zoo, giraffe feeding, and a carousel ride. Activities and games are tied to the theme for the week and will be different for each camp theme.

Summer Camp Zoofari will be held June 4 – August 17. Camps book up well in advance; register today and secure your spot!

Get all the Details about Camp Zoofari

World Oceans Day
June 9, 2018

World Oceans Day, Presented by Whole Foods Market
Saturday, June 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It’s a well-known fact that the oceans make up a VERY large part of the planet we live on. Head to the Houston Zoo to celebrate and learn how to keep the oceans healthy. We'll have special sea lion keeper talks and a DJ to dance to!

This event is free with your paid Zoo admission and is free for Houston Zoo members.

More Information About World Oceans Day

Camp Zoofari – for Adults!
June 15, 2018

Monkey, Ape, What's the Difference?
Camp Zoofari for Adults
9 a.m. - noon
$95 per person

What’s the difference between a monkey and an ape? That’s not the start to a joke – it’s the question we are going to answer during this camp session! Spend the morning getting introduced to the animals that call the Houston Zoo’s Wortham World of Primates home. Join us to learn some wild fun facts, take part in enriching their day and meet a keeper that has the joy of working with these fascinating and intelligent creatures.

More Info and Registration

Family Nature Club: Exploration Green in Clear Lake
June 16, 2018

Exploration Green is a golf course turned greenspace and the perfect place to explore on a summer evening. New to the Clear Lake area, it offers walking trails, open greenspace, and ponds for aquatic wildlife. Join us to see what this new area has to offer!

Family Nature Club is an opportunity for families to get outside together and explore nature! Each program takes place at various parks and nature centers around Houston.

Find Out More and Join Family Nature Club

Zoo Closing Early
June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21, the Zoo will close early for After Dark: A Summer Series. Last entry at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.

After Dark – A Summer Series: Sip and Sea
June 21, 2018

This summer we’re launching the newest way to experience the Houston Zoo – After Dark!
At After Dark you can see animals, have a drink, and party with your friends – and it’s for adults 21 + only!

There are three events in this series:

Silent Disco - May 17
Sip and Sea - June 21
Goin’ Country - July 19

More Information and Tickets

Zoo Overnight: Buzz ‘n’ Snooze
June 23, 2018

Family Overnights are back with brand new adventures! Spend the night at the Zoo.

Back for its second year running, join us for a wild night at the Zoo and get the buzz on the fascinating world of pollinators! Many animals – such as lemurs, bats, ladybugs, and bees – help plants complete their life cycle by moving pollen from one plant to another. This is a very important process if you like chocolate, fruits, or ice cream!

Celebrate these miracle workers and discover how you can help provide important habitats for many species right in your own backyard!

Evening snack, a light breakfast, and next-day admission are included. We will be camping indoors in our Brown Education Center!

More Information and Registration

Member Morning Featuring Madagascar Species
July 7, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Camp Zoofari – for Adults!
July 13, 2018

All About Sea Lions
Camp Zoofari for Adults
9 a.m. - noon
$95 per person

Make a splash with our sea lion colony at the Houston Zoo! Spend some time with Jonah, one of our resident sea lions, and learn what makes these pinnipeds such a unique animal. Join us to learn some wild fun facts, take part in enriching their day, and meet a keeper that has the joy of working with these marine mammals on a daily basis.

More Info and Registration

Zoo Closing Early
July 19, 2018

Thursday, July 19, the Zoo will close early for After Dark: A Summer Series. Last entry at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.

After Dark – A Summer Series: Goin’ Country
July 19, 2018

This summer we’re launching the newest way to experience the Houston Zoo – After Dark!
At After Dark you can see animals, have a drink, and party with your friends – and it’s for adults 21 + only!

There are three events in this series:

Silent Disco - May 17
Sip and Sea - June 21
Goin’ Country - July 19

More Information and Tickets

Family Nature Club: Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve
July 21, 2018

Come with us to explore this hidden gem tucked away right off Tomball Parkway. We’ll explore walking trails and see what our nets can find in the water, as well as make a nature art take home for each participant.

Family Nature Club is an opportunity for families to get outside together and explore nature! Each program takes place at various parks and nature centers around Houston.

Find Out More and Join Family Nature Club

World Tiger Day – Spotlight on Species
July 28, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
At the tiger habitat

In honor of World Tiger Day, join us for a Tiger Spotlight on Species event! See our resident Malayan tigers celebrate
with some special enrichment items in their habitat. Attend talks and learn all about tigers as well as palm oil, a key ingredient affecting Malayan tigers in the wild due to its effect on deforestation.

Stop by the Tiger Boardwalk for educational games and crafts, learn more about these amazing endangered species and see what you can do to help!

Did You Know: There are more tigers in private ownership here in Texas alone than there are remaining in the wild in their native habitat in India and Southeast Asia? Tigers are wild animals, not pets! Find out more at this event.

This event is included with your paid Zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo members. Members enjoy free admission year-round and many other benefits; find out more on our Membership page.

Member Morning Featuring Sea Lions
August 4, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Camp Zoofari – for Adults!
August 10, 2018

Scutes and Scales
Camp Zoofari for Adults
9 a.m. - noon
$95 per person

Turtles, snakes, and lizards, oh my! The Houston Zoo is home to reptiles of all sizes, shapes and colors from all around the world. Join us to learn about the plethora of reptiles (and amphibians) that reside at the Houston Zoo, take part in enriching their day and meet a keeper that has the joy of working with these unique animals.

More Info and Registration

Member Morning Featuring Rhinos
September 1, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Last Day for Big Bugs
September 3, 2018

Open May 26 – September 3

All summer long, you can see bugs unlike ever before – up to 60 times larger than their normal size! From the 7-foot ladybug to the 33-foot tarantula, you’ll see these bugs in great detail as each is made to look exactly like its smaller counterpart.

Find Out More About Big Bugs

Free Tuesday Afternoon
September 4, 2018

Free Tuesday Afternoons provide free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Free Tuesday Afternoon
October 2, 2018

Free Tuesday Afternoons provide free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Member Morning: Palm Oil Awareness
October 6, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning Featuring Okapi
November 4, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Free Tuesday Afternoon
November 6, 2018

Free Tuesday Afternoons provide free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.

Member Morning Featuring Lions
December 1, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Free Tuesday Afternoon
December 4, 2018

Free Tuesday Afternoons provide free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday of each month, September through May, from noon until closing. June, July, and August do not have Free Tuesday Afternoons. Please note that this offer includes zoo admission after noon only, and does not include Zoo Lights, the carousel, giraffe feeding, or other events/attractions.

You will need a free ticket to enter; you can get them at the gate or online ahead of time here, and save time at the gate.

Get Free Tuesday Afternoon Tickets
Tickets will be available online starting the Wednesday before each Free Tuesday Afternoon.

PARKING: We are expecting high attendance, and parking areas are limited. Plan your parking strategy ahead of time; arriving via Metro is recommended. See our Directions and Parking webpage for more information.


Featured Events





Daily Schedule

TIMES ARE UPDATED EVERY MORNING
Meet the Keeper Talks are generously sponsored by Phillips 66

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Texan Stage in the Children’s Zoo
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reticulated Python Exhibit in the Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Spark Team Presentation at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Hoofstock
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk in the Kipp Aquarium
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Lion Exhibit
12:00 Toro’s Training Camp at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Chimpanzees Exhibit in African Forest
1:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Elephants
1:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Giraffes in African Forest
2:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
2:15 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Texan Stage in the Children’s Zoo
2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Texan Stage in the Children’s Zoo
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Swamp Monkeys and Red-tailed Guenons in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters