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It’s field trip season! Check our Parking & Directions page before you visit for tips to help with your arrival plans.

Friday, June 2, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry at 3 p.m., and we close at 4 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 Closing Early
June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, the Houston Zoo will close early for a private event. Last entry at 3 p.m., and we close at 4 p.m.

Member Morning With the Sea Lions
June 3, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Family Overnight
June 10, 2017

Bring the whole family for this overnight adventure! Experience the Zoo after dark on a guided flashlight tour with our experienced staff. Peek at nocturnal animals on the prowl, and learn how the Zoo cares for its amazing animals! Enjoy the comfort of our air-conditioned Education building, as you participate in fun evening activities and meet one of our fantastic ambassador animals. Wake up to the many unique sounds of the Zoo and we’ll guide you on a final morning tour before the Zoo opens for the day. A pizza dinner, evening snack, and continental breakfast are included in your reservation.

More Information and Registration

Zoo Yoga
June 10, 2017

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! Whether you are new to yoga or just looking to strengthen your practice, we will discover how you can make a difference for animals, both locally and world wide.

Don’t have a yoga mat? No problem! Rent a mat for $2 each or purchase an official Zoo Yoga mat for $20. This program is built for kids ages 4-10 with their parents. Please bring a bottle of water and wear modest, comfortable clothing.

More Information and Registration

Cool Nights: Snowin’ in the South
June 16, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

June 16: Snow in Texas? In June? Only at the Houston Zoo! We’re making it snow for the first Cool Nights of the season! Make a snowman or snow angel and learn how the Houston Zoo helps save animals here in Texas. Want to stay for Zoovie Night? Well you are in luck! We will be showing SING on a giant outdoor screen! Stay late and put down your blanket to watch the movie at 8:30 p.m.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Bowling for Rhinos
June 17, 2017

Save endangered wildlife in a fun night of bowling that is perfect for the whole family! This annual fundraiser to is organized by The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). Proceeds are donated to three conservation projects in Africa working to protect wild rhinos in their native habitat.

Find Out More and Get Tickets

Family Nature Club (at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center)
June 17, 2017

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, and is a great chance to find a new hangout for your herd. Meet like minded families, and know that you’re providing your little ones meaningful opportunities for exploration and play.

More Information and Registration

Cool Nights: Pollinator Palooza
June 23, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Celebrate Pollinators! Pollinators help plants complete their life cycle by moving pollen from one plant to another. This is a very important process if you like any of the following things – chocolate, fruits, ice cream, and even tequila! Join us for music, games, and activities to learn more about how to help pollinators.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Cool Nights: Coolest Backyard Bash
June 30, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Bring a friend, bring a date, or bring your family and join us for the Coolest Backyard Bash! Enjoy music, outdoor games, and more as you take advantage of the cooler evening hours.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Member Morning in the Children’s Zoo
July 1, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Parents Night Out
July 1, 2017

Drop your child off for an unforgettable evening at the Zoo! Participants will explore the Zoo after dark with our overnight guides and enjoy evening activities, including a meet and greet with one of our furry, feathered, or scaly ambassadors for an up-close animal experience! This program is for kids only, dinner and snack are served.

More Information and Registration

Cool Nights: Under the Sea
July 7, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Make a splash at the Zoo and learn all about our marine animals and how you can keep them and their ocean homes healthy. This night only, the Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park will stay open late! Plus, stay even later for a showing of the iconic movie, Sandlot!

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Camp Zoofari for Adults: All About Rhinos
July 14, 2017

Are you jealous of all the fun kids get to have at camp? Well now it’s your turn to join in the fun! Whether you are dropping off your camper or looking for a new experience, Camp Zoofari for Adults is just for you!

At this camp event, spend some time with Mumbles and the rest of the rhino crash that call the Houston Zoo home.

More information and Tickets

Cool Nights: Teddy Bear Bash
July 14, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

For this Cool Nights, it’s all about bears! Bring your teddy bear to the Zoo, dance in a Teddy Bear Parade, and learn all about the bears who live at the Houston Zoo and how you can help save bears in the wild.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Family Overnight
July 14, 2017

Bring the whole family for this overnight adventure! Experience the Zoo after dark on a guided flashlight tour with our experienced staff. Peek at nocturnal animals on the prowl, and learn how the Zoo cares for its amazing animals! Enjoy the comfort of our air-conditioned Education building, as you participate in fun evening activities and meet one of our fantastic ambassador animals. Wake up to the many unique sounds of the Zoo and we’ll guide you on a final morning tour before the Zoo opens for the day. A pizza dinner, evening snack, and continental breakfast are included in your reservation.

More Information and Registration

Zoo Yoga
July 15, 2017

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! Whether you are new to yoga or just looking to strengthen your practice, we will discover how you can make a difference for animals, both locally and world wide.

Don’t have a yoga mat? No problem! Rent a mat for $2 each or purchase an official Zoo Yoga mat for $20. This program is built for kids ages 4-10 with their parents. Please bring a bottle of water and wear modest, comfortable clothing.

More Information and Registration

Cool Nights: Sizzlin’ Summer Fun
July 21, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

For this Cool Nights, it’s all about reptiles and amphibians! Enjoy music, outdoor games, and learn more about our slithering and hopping residents and how to save them in the wild.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Cool Nights: FairyTAILS
July 28, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Princesses and pirates – wear your favorite fairy tale gown and join us for an enchanting evening at the Zoo! Meet Aurora the orangutan and Boga the komodo dragon, and learn how you can help these species live happily ever after.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Family Overnight
July 29, 2017

Bring the whole family for this overnight adventure! Experience the Zoo after dark on a guided flashlight tour with our experienced staff. Peek at nocturnal animals on the prowl, and learn how the Zoo cares for its amazing animals! Enjoy the comfort of our air-conditioned Education building, as you participate in fun evening activities and meet one of our fantastic ambassador animals. Wake up to the many unique sounds of the Zoo and we’ll guide you on a final morning tour before the Zoo opens for the day. A pizza dinner, evening snack, and continental breakfast are included in your reservation.

More Information and Registration

Cool Nights: Jungle Jammin’
August 4, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Bring a friend, bring a date, or bring your family and join us for Jungle Jammin’! Enjoy music, outdoor games, and more as you take advantage of the cooler evening hours and cool atmosphere.

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Member Morning: African Painted Dogs
August 5, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Last Week of Camp Zoofari
August 7, 2017

Camp Zoofari is the place for kids ages 4 – 16 to learn and have fun with an animal-centered curriculum created just for them.

Get All The Details About Camp Zoofari

Camp Zoofari for Adults
August 9, 2017

Are you jealous of all the fun kids get to have at camp? Well now it’s your turn to join in the fun! Whether you are dropping off your camper or looking for a new experience, Camp Zoofari for Adults is just for you!

Find Out More About Camp Zoofari for Adults

Cool Nights: Block Party
August 11, 2017

Thanks to TXU Energy, the Houston Zoo is once again staying open late, so you can enjoy the animals in the cooler evening weather. Join us for Cool Nights every Friday evening from June 16 through August 11.

Enjoy music, outdoor games, and more. Plus, stay late for this summer’s last Zoovie Night!

Cool Nights are included with your admission ticket and are FREE for Zoo Members!

Get More Info about Cool Nights

Zoo Yoga
August 12, 2017

Come along with us on a Zoo Yoga adventure! Whether you are new to yoga or just looking to strengthen your practice, we will discover how you can make a difference for animals, both locally and world wide.

Don’t have a yoga mat? No problem! Rent a mat for $2 each or purchase an official Zoo Yoga mat for $20. This program is built for kids ages 4-10 with their parents. Please bring a bottle of water and wear modest, comfortable clothing.

More Information and Registration

Family Overnight
August 19, 2017

Bring the whole family for this overnight adventure! Experience the Zoo after dark on a guided flashlight tour with our experienced staff. Peek at nocturnal animals on the prowl, and learn how the Zoo cares for its amazing animals! Enjoy the comfort of our air-conditioned Education building, as you participate in fun evening activities and meet one of our fantastic ambassador animals. Wake up to the many unique sounds of the Zoo and we’ll guide you on a final morning tour before the Zoo opens for the day. A pizza dinner, evening snack, and continental breakfast are included in your reservation.

More Information and Registration

Zoo Overnights
August 26, 2017

Spend the night at the Zoo on a Wild Winks overnight for a fun-filled and totally unique after-hours experience! All overnights include interactive activities, guided flashlight tours, a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and more!

Register in advance - these events frequently fill up!

More Information and Registration

Parents Night Out
August 26, 2017

Drop your child off for an unforgettable evening at the Zoo! Participants will explore the Zoo after dark with our overnight guides and enjoy evening activities, including a meet and greet with one of our furry, feathered, or scaly ambassadors for an up-close animal experience! This program is for kids only, dinner and snack are served.

More Information and Registration

Member Morning: African Monkeys
September 2, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Final Day – TXU Energy Presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo
September 4, 2017

Stay cool all summer long as TXU Energy presents Chill Out at the Houston Zoo! Even in the heat you can head to the Zoo for a relaxing day filled with fun, education, and amazing animals. It may be hot outside, but the Zoo is cool!

Find Out More about Chill Out

Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks – Presented by Coca-Cola
September 4, 2017

Open May 27 – September 4, 2017

Explore the Houston Zoo’s special exhibit, Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks Presented by Coca-Cola!
See some of your favorite animals unlike ever before, built with tens of thousands of LEGO bricks!

Get the Details About Nature Connects

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
September 5, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides 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 sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
October 3, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides 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 with the Cheetahs
October 7, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning with the Okapi
November 5, 2017

On this morning, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
November 7, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides free admission to the Houston Zoo on the first Tuesday Afternoon 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 with the Lions
December 2, 2017

On the first Saturday of each month, Members can enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different Meet the Keeper Talk (Presented by Phillips 66) is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Hear from one of our Zoo’s experts and gain professional insight about the featured animals. Learn from the best in the field about what it really takes to care for the diverse animals that call the Zoo home!

This event is always FREE for Zoo Members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just show up and enjoy!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company
December 5, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon sponsored by Reliant, an NRG company, provides 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.

Subscribe to our E-News
December 31, 2017

Subscribe to our e-newsletter, and get the latest info on upcoming events, animal births and arrivals, and all the news from the Houston Zoo!

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Daily Schedule

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

Monday, May 29, 2017
10:00 TXU Energy Chill Out: Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 TXU Energy Chill Out: Animal Encounter in the Swap Shop in Children’s Zoo
10:30 Toro’s Training Camp 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 at Lions
11:30 TXU Energy Chill Out: Saltwater Ice Pops in the Aquarium
12:30 TXU Energy Chill Out: Keeper Chat & Ice Pops Enrichment for Chimpanzees in African Forest
1:00 Natural Encounters: Fruit Bat Keeper Talk
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)
2:30 TXU Energy Chill Out: Sprinklers Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World
3:00 TXU Energy Chill Out: Ice Pops Toss at Gorilla Boardwalk in African Forest
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Babirusa in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Natural Encounters: Red Panda Keeper Talk