Alerts

Saturday, Dec 2, Kipp Aquarium and Natural Encounters will close early at 4 p.m. for private events.

The Natural Encounters building will close early at 4 p.m. on the following dates for private events: December 1, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 16.

Kipp Aquarium will close early at 4 p.m. on the following dates for private events: November 29, December 12, 13, and January 6.

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.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 18, 2017 - November 26, 2017

November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Member Preview Nights November 15 & 16
Closed November 17 & 27, December 14, 24 & 25

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its sixth year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season – including more than two million lights! Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.

Sights to delight you include our Texas-themed area presented by TransCanada. Other features include the Holiday Train Village presented by Macy’s, the Enchanted Forest, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra, presented by H-E-B.

More Information and Tickets

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

Nature PLAYshop
December 2, 2017

Nature PLAYshop - A New Opportunity for Families
Saturday, December 2
8 - 10 a.m.
in the new Explore the Wild Nature Play Area

Price: $10 per person
For kids Aged 4-10

You are already the center of your child’s world, now take them on new adventures and learn how to experience the world of nature play together! Learn about the benefits of letting your child be the play leader, and discover ways to include nature play in your daily routine.

During this two-hour session, you will also get tips and tricks on how to give the play power back to your children, and learn that it’s okay to get a little messy!

More Information and Registration

Teen Adventure Program: High Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Allen
December 3, 2017

December 3: High Ropes Challenge Course at Camp Allen
$50.00 per Participant

Want to experience what it feels like to be a bird and walk among the tree tops? Join us for an exciting yet challenging adventure on the Camp Allen High Ropes Challenge Course. The challenge course at Camp Allen is a set of physical elements that provide a problem solving challenge to a group of individuals. Each program consists of activities that promote and enhance positive interaction between the members of the group. Facilitators who have been specifically trained for these activities run all of the courses.

We will meet at the Houston Zoo in front of Gate 8, which is about 200 yards to the left of the main entrance, at 7:30am and drive the Zoo van to Camp Allen located in Navasota. We will return to the Houston Zoo by 3:00pm

Please wear closed-toe shoes, and clothing that you can be active in. Be sure to bring a water bottle, lunch and anything else you may need for a day outdoors.

More Information

Lion Fun Days
December 2, 2017 - December 3, 2017

Join us for Lion Fun Days
Saturday and Sunday, December 2 - 3
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
At the lion habitat area

Visit the Houston Zoo during Lion Fun Days and learn how to be a part in saving lions in the wild!

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ongoing activities, including face painting, mask making, bracelet beading and banners for the lions.

8:30 a.m. Keepers interact with lions at the Training Window

11:00 a.m. Lion Keeper Talk - hear from the keepers who care for our lions

11:15 a.m. Parade and Games! March from Lions to the Karamu lawn for games, the same games played by children in Mozambique during their own Lion Fun Day.

11:30 a.m. Keeper Talk at Cougars, learn about our own native lions

1:30 p.m. Keepers interact with lions at the Training Window

Lion Fun Days originated in the Niassa Reserve Mozambique as a part of the educational outreach program of the Niassa Lion Project. Around this time of year, 300+ children and their families in Mbamba village in northern Mozambique participate in Lion Fun Days as well! Mozambican children will play the same games and hear the same information as the children at the Houston Zoo. The partnership between the Houston Zoo and the Niassa Lion Project gets children inspired to participate in conservation.

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

Free Tuesday Afternoon
December 5, 2017

Free Tuesday Afternoon 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.

Educator Workshop: Making Science Meaningful with Project-Based Learning
December 7, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Lunch included)
Ideal for 5th - 12th grade educators
$30 per educator

You'll receive a 6 credit hour CPE certificate; either 6 hours of Science credit or 6 hours of GT credit at the completion of the workshop.

Wondering how to teach engaging scientific content and increase your students’ college and career readiness skills? In this workshop, you will experience inspirational strategies for students to learn science content while building their 21st Century skills through a project-based learning lesson focused on wildlife found at the Houston Zoo.

More Information and Registration

Educator Workshops are weekday sessions that focus on the behind the scenes aspects of teaching. We provide tips, tools and techniques for high functioning classrooms.

Zoo Sprouts! Climbing with Bears
December 7, 2017

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This program is for ages 18 to 23 months

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups; ages 18-23 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. 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.

Hermann Park – Family Nature Club
December 9, 2017

This program will start at 1 p.m. and run 1-2 hours.

This leisurely park walk is perfect for those families looking to explore nature right in the middle of Houston. We will discover some of Hermann Park’s hidden gems and create a nature art take home for each participant.

More Information and Registration

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.

Zoo Yoga: “My Beach”
December 9, 2017

This program will start at 9:15 a.m. and run approximately 1 hour.

Beaches are natural exploration spaces for children, and we’re lucky enough to have one right in our backyard! Stretch those flippers and learn about all the animals that call Galveston home.

More Information and Registration

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 worldwide.

Zoo Sprouts! Climbing with Bears
December 9, 2017

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This program is for ages 18 to 23 months

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups; ages 18-23 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. 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! Terrific Tigers
December 11, 2017

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This program is for ages 2 to 3 years

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups; ages 18-23 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. 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.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
November 28, 2017 - December 13, 2017

November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Member Preview Nights November 15 & 16
Closed November 17 & 27, December 14, 24 & 25

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its sixth year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season – including more than two million lights! Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.

Sights to delight you include our Texas-themed area presented by TransCanada. Other features include the Holiday Train Village presented by Macy’s, the Enchanted Forest, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra, presented by H-E-B.

More Information and Tickets

Animal Encounter: Giraffes
December 14, 2017

We want you to get eye-to-eye with our giraffe herd, so climb the stairs behind-the-scenes and join the keepers for a feeding opportunity. Learn all the skills it takes to care for these beautiful animals of the African savanna.

Animal Encounters are experiences you can schedule to add an extra-special memory to your Zoo visit. This exclusive encounter is limited to just twelve people per encounter. (If you have fewer than twelve in your party, you may be joined by other registrants, not to exceed twelve persons total.)

Thursdays from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Members $125 per person
Non-Members $150 per person

Reserve your spot today – these tours book quickly! You must register for this experience in advance.
Find Out More About This Animal Encounter

Camp Zoofari for Adults: Canines and Claws
December 15, 2017

Take a break from the stress of the holidays and spend your morning with a few of the sharp toothed and long clawed mammals at the Houston Zoo. 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 brown bears, cheetahs and the king of the jungle.

More information and Tickets

Zoo Sprouts! Terrific Tigers
December 16, 2017

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This program is for ages 2 to 3 years

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups; ages 18-23 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. 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.

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
December 15, 2017 - December 23, 2017

November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Member Preview Nights November 15 & 16
Closed November 17 & 27, December 14, 24 & 25

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its sixth year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season – including more than two million lights! Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.

Sights to delight you include our Texas-themed area presented by TransCanada. Other features include the Holiday Train Village presented by Macy’s, the Enchanted Forest, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra, presented by H-E-B.

More Information and Tickets

Closing Early on Christmas Eve
December 23, 2017

The Zoo will close early on Christmas Eve at 3 p.m. with last entry at 2 p.m. We will be closed on Christmas Day. There is no Zoo Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Closed on Christmas Day
December 25, 2017

The Zoo will be closed on Christmas Day. There is no Zoo Lights on Christmas Day.

Camp Zoofari
December 26, 2017

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

Camp Zoofari
December 27, 2017

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

Zoo Sprouts! Lovely Lions
December 27, 2017

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This program is for ages 4 to 5 years

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups; ages 18-23 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. 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.

Camp Zoofari
December 28, 2017

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

Camp Zoofari
December 29, 2017

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

Zoo Sprouts! Lovely Lions
December 30, 2017

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
This program is for ages 4 to 5 years

Zoo Sprouts - More Information and Registration

Zoo Sprouts is an educational program for kids to discover our Zoo and its amazing animals! We have three tracks tailored for different age groups; ages 18-23 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. 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.

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!

More info and Subscribe Form

Camp Zoofari
January 2, 2018

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

Camp Zoofari
January 3, 2018

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

Camp Zoofari
January 4, 2018

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

Camp Zoofari
January 5, 2018

This year, we will be offering school break camps for campers ages 4-14 during the holidays in November, December and January. Each camp will be an individual, single-day experience, around a theme of the week. Each day will have different opportunities and experiences. You can send a camper for just one day or the entire week!

Find Out More and Register

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights
December 26, 2017 - January 14, 2018

November 18, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Member Preview Nights November 15 & 16
Closed November 17 & 27, December 14, 24 & 25

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its sixth year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season – including more than two million lights! Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.

Sights to delight you include our Texas-themed area presented by TransCanada. Other features include the Holiday Train Village presented by Macy’s, the Enchanted Forest, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra, presented by H-E-B.

More Information and Tickets


Featured Events






Zoo Map
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Daily Schedule

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn

10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House

10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at 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 Rhinos

11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)

11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores

12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas 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)

2:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Birds of the World

3:00 Toro’s Training Camp at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo

3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Wortham World of Primates

4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters