Alerts

Thursday, April 26, the Zoo will close early for Brew at the Zoo. Last entry at 3 p.m. and gates 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.

Brew at the Zoo – SOLD OUT
April 26, 2018

Drink beer. Save animals! Join us this spring for the first-ever Brew at the Zoo and help save animals in the wild.
This beer sampling event is for adults 21+ only. Tickets are limited, so buy yours early!

More Information and Tickets

Zoo Closing Early
April 26, 2018

Thursday, April 26, the Houston Zoo will close early to prepare for Brew at the Zoo. Last entry at 3PM and gates close at 4PM.

Tapir Spotlight on Species
April 28, 2018 - April 29, 2018

April 28-29, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
At the tapir habitat, located past okapi and bears and near the #10 on your Zoo map.

Tapirs are a rare mammal from the forests and mountains of Central and South America and southeast Asia. They are often confused with hippos, pigs or anteaters, but their closest living relatives are actually rhinos and horses. Tapirs are known for their unique long, wiggly nose, which they can use to grab leaves when foraging or as a snorkle when swimming!

Come find out all about tapirs and see our resident Baird's tapirs. Hear from the keepers who care for them each day, and see them get some special enrichment. We will also have a special visit from Dr. Pati Medici, world-renowned tapir researcher!

You'll also be able to participate in activities and purchase tapir-related souvenirs; proceeds will be donated to the Tapir Specialist Group who save tapirs in the wild. This event is free with your paid Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

Dia del Nino
April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Many nations throughout the world celebrate Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, to honor and celebrate children who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. Bring the kids to the Houston Zoo on Sunday, April 29 for a Latin American celebration of music, games, and activities…created especially for kids!

More Information about Día del Niño

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

Join the Action for Apes Challenge
April 30, 2018

Spring 2018 - Contest ends April 30, 2018

The Action for Apes challenge is an annual contest hosted by the Houston Zoo to see which school or community organization can recycle the most handheld electronics by the end of APE-ril. By recycling these used items such as cell phones with the Houston Zoo, you help protect animals like chimpanzees and gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined.

Any local school, business, organization, or scout group can participate.

Find Out More and Join the Challenge

Free Tuesday Afternoon
May 1, 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.

Teen Adventure Program: High Island Birding
May 5, 2018

Saturday, May 5th
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

High Island is an important stopping place for migratory birds. The Smith Oaks Sanctuary on High Island is a favored nesting spot for waterbirds. Every spring roseate spoonbills create a rookery, a large breeding colony, in the Smith Oaks Sanctuary. Birders come from all over to witness and photograph this incredible site.

Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Also bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, and any other necessary supplies for a day outside.

$50.00 per Participant

More Information and Registration

Member Morning Featuring Bears
May 5, 2018

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

Zoo Ball 2018: An Evening in Borneo
May 5, 2018

Zoo Ball 2018: An Evening in Borneo
Presented by Phillips 66
Saturday, May 5, 2018
6:30 p.m. to Midnight
Honoring Jim Postl
Co-Chairs: Peggy Kostial and Macey Reasoner Stokes

Can you hear it? It’s the sound of orangutans and siamangs calling. It’s the sound of frogs, hornbills, and the steady drop of rain on the forest floor. It’s The Rhythm of the Rainforest—and our theme for Zoo Ball 2018 at the Houston Zoo!

More Information about Zoo Ball 2018

Zoo Closing Early for Zoo Ball
May 5, 2018

Saturday, May 5, the Zoo will close early for Zoo Ball. Last entry at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.

Elephant Open House
May 6, 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Elephant Barn

Did you know that the elephants at the Houston Zoo eat about 700 pounds of food a day? Learn all about what they eat and more at our Elephant Open House event!

Thai, Methai, Shanti, Tess, Tucker, Tupelo, Baylor, Duncan, and Joy invite you to GET AN EXCLUSIVE INSIDE LOOK at their large home.

More Information and Tickets

Zoo Overnight: Nocturnal Nights
May 12, 2018

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

Calling all night owls! Discover how the world around you changes when the sun goes down and meet animals specially adapted to living in the dark. Learn about nocturnal senses on our evening night hike and experience the Zoo in a whole new way!

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

Spotlight on Species: Binturong
May 12, 2018

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
On the lawn across from the meerkats

The binturong is also known as a bearcat, which you might know as a university mascot. This long-haired mammal is neither a bear nor a cat; it’s a member of the civet family from Southeast Asia. There they are under threat in the wild from deforestation and palm oil plantations.

Our binturong Hannah will be making several appearances at this special event to do some training exercises with her keepers. Come find out all about them and get a chance to see Hannah the binturong and other rainforest animals! We’ll have some binturong-themed activities for the kids to join in as well!

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

After Dark – A Summer Series: Silent Disco
May 17, 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

Horticulture Tour
May 20, 2018

The Houston Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals, but did you know that it also has a vast variety of plants? The Zoo has many exotic, tropical, and native plants, trees, and flowers from various countries and continents, making it the perfect place to relax and to enjoy the scenery.

Join Anna Land, Supervisor of Horticulture at the Houston Zoo, as she leads an intimate stroll across Zoo grounds, highlighting the many species of plant life flourishing in our 55 acres and outlining details, history, and maintenance requirements of the Zoo’s variety of flora.

A light continental breakfast and all-day access to the Zoo are included. The Houston Zoo is making strides to reduce plastics, including bottled water, to help save animals like sea turtles in the wild. Please bring your reusable water bottle with you to this event.

More Information and Tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Tuesday April 24, 2018
9:15 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Texan's Stage in the Children’s Zoo
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Conservation stage at the zoo entrance
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk in the Llama yard 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 Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
12:00 Toro’s Training Camp at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
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
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Howler monkeys in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters