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Family & Friends Premium


Bring friends and family with you to the Zoo for free! Up to 3 named adults for a total of up to 10 people admitted per day to the Zoo. All basic benefits PLUS:

  • Kid Keeper/Nanny option allows you to send up to 6 children ages 2-11 to the Zoo with one adult caregiver when you cannot come yourself.
  • Four single, one-time passes to the Wildlife Carousel*
  • Priority registration for Camp Zoofari, Houston Zoo’s summer camp program
  • 15% off purchases in the Houston Zoo Gift Shop (some restrictions apply)
  • Two additional guests may attend Zoobilee

*For memberships purchased online or by mail, carousel passes will arrive by mail with your membership cards. Passes must be presented at a membership or carousel window for redemption. Copies or photos of passes will not be accepted.

Family & Friends Premium Membership

Family Plus


Up to 2 named adults living at the same address and up to 5 children (ages 2-21)

Family Plus Membership



Up to 2 named adults living at the same address and up to 3 children (ages 2-21)

Family Membership

Individual Plus


All the basic benefits for you (one named adult) and one guest per visit.

Individual Plus Membership

Senior 65+


Up to 2 named adults aged 65+ living at the same address and up to 5 children (ages 2-21).

Senior 65+ Membership



All benefits of the Family & Friends Premium level, plus:

  • 20% off purchases in the Houston Zoo Gift Shop
  • Six additional guests to attend Zoobilee

Conservator Membership

Membership Benefits for All Levels

  • Unlimited FREE Zoo admission for one full year (excluding special and separately ticketed events)
  • Exclusive use of the Member Express Entrance
  • Monthly Member Morning – Early entrance at 8:00 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, except November
  • Discounted admission at over 100 other zoos and aquariums nationwide. List of Participating Locations
  • Exclusive discounts for additional admission, wildlife carousel and special event tickets, animal encounters, gift shop purchases and more (some restrictions apply)
  • An invitation to Zoobilee, the Houston Zoo’s annual Member appreciation event
  • Exclusive opportunity to purchase a Kids’ Birthday Party package
  • Early registration for Camp Zoofari

Membership Gift Certificates

Membership gift certificates allow you to purchase a membership without entering any contact or existing account information for the recipient. Our gift certificates are perfect for auctions/event prizes, gifts for employees, holiday gifts and more. A PDF of your gift certificate is attached to your receipt for convenient presentation. Since certificates may be redeemed online up to six months from the date of purchase, the recipient’s year of membership begins when they chose to redeem their certificate.

Promotional or renewal discount codes cannot be applied to gift membership certificate purchases. Certificates are non-refundable. Certificates must be redeemed by the date shown.

Purchase a Membership Gift Certificate

Redeeming a Gift Certificate

To redeem, select the membership level shown on your certificate from the choices above and click “Join Now.” Your certificate number will serve as the discount code to be entered during checkout. Memberships are valid for one year from the date of redemption.

  • Certificates must be redeemed by the expiration date shown.
  • Certificates must be redeemed online only.

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Membership FAQs

What level of membership would be best for me?

This depends on how many people you plan to take with you. We have several different levels to accommodate you and your guests. Please contact the membership department at 713-533-6535 to speak with a representative.

What sort of discounts does my membership include?

Members enjoy discounts on gift shop purchases, additional admission tickets for guests, wildlife carousel rides, TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights tickets, special events, education programming and more. You must be logged in to apply your discount to purchases made online.

When can I use my membership to get into the Zoo?

You may use your membership every day during normal Zoo hours. The Zoo may have different hours if it is being closed early due to special or private events. After hours events (such as Zoo Lights and Feast with the Beasts) are not covered by your membership, but you may receive a discount. Be sure to check the calendar for event information.

May Members enter the Zoo early?

Yes! The Zoo is open one hour early at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Members only! Enjoy cooler weather and see keepers prepare animal areas. (Please note that in the month of November, Member Morning is held on the first Sunday.)

What other zoos and aquariums may I access with my Houston Zoo membership?

Please visit our Discounts at Other Zoos webpage for a list of participating zoos and aquariums around the country.

How long is my membership valid?

Your membership is valid until the end of the month one year from the date of purchase. For example, if you purchase a membership in June, it will be valid until June 30 the following year.

Will my employer match my membership?

Did you know you may be able to double or even triple your membership contribution at no cost to you? Many employers will match your current membership contribution. The matching gift does not change your membership level, but the additional gift is a huge help to the Zoo.

Contact your Human Resources Department to find out if your employer has a matching gifts program.

Employers typically have webpages where you can enter your new membership information. Feel great knowing you helped your Zoo even more!

Is my membership tax deductible?

Yes! Estimated Fair Market Value of Benefits: All costs may be considered a contribution to the Houston Zoo, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) charity. The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidelines that affect the charitable contribution portion of memberships. Under those guidelines, Members may claim the amount of their membership fee, less the fair market value of benefits received. For Individual Plus, Family, Senior 65+ and Family Plus Members, the fair market value of benefits received is not substantial. The estimated fair market value of benefits received for other categories are: Family & Friends Premium $12; Conservator $12.

How may I add or change a name on my account?

As a courtesy, we are able to perform a one-time change to the additional names adults on your membership account.

Questions About Membership Cards

Why am I asked to present photo ID along with my membership card?

By requiring photo ID, we are better able to protect the integrity your membership and offer more benefits to our participating Members.

How long does it take to receive my membership cards?

Membership cards are mailed within 3 to 4 weeks of purchase of the membership. You may use your membership before your cards arrive by presenting a photo ID at the Membership Services window and obtaining your membership pass.

May I visit the Zoo before I receive my cards?

If you purchase a membership at the Zoo, you will be issued a pass that will allow access to the Zoo until you receive membership cards in the mail. You may also visit by presenting your receipt from your online purchase along with your photo ID at the Member Entrance. If the membership is purchased by phone or mail, please present a valid photo ID at the membership services window to obtain a pass. Please allow 2-3 weeks processing for memberships purchased by mail. Call ahead to verify that the membership is active. Reciprocal facilities may not accept temporary passes; please call ahead to their organization to verify their policies.

Can I utilize my membership if I left my card at home?

Yes, please present your photo ID at the membership window to receive a membership pass. This pass is valid for the duration of your membership.

Can I loan my membership card to a friend, family member or caretaker?

No. Your membership card and associated privileges are not transferable to any other individual or family. You will be asked to present a valid photo ID for the named Members listed on your membership at the time of your visit.

With the Family Premium level, you receive the Kid Keeper/Nanny benefit. This enables one adult not listed on the account to accompany up to 6 children without any of the named adults being present. This individual must present a Family Premium level membership card at the Member Entrance and declare themselves the Kid Keeper to gain admittance. Additional individuals visiting with the Kid Keeper must purchase tickets.

What if I misplace my membership card?

Present your photo ID at the Membership Services window to obtain your membership pass.

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