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We’re Ready to Welcome You Back to the Zoo!

The Houston Zoo is open and ready to welcome you and your family back to reconnect with the animals you know and love.

We're Now Open

Online reservations are required for ALL guests and members during this time. Tickets will NOT be sold on-site at the Zoo. We do not offer refunds and exchanges.

Tickets available now through July 31!

Reserve Tickets

Note: Your reserved time slot is your assigned arrival time. Once you arrive within that time frame, you are welcome to enjoy the Zoo until we close at 5:00 p.m. Last entry is at 4:00 p.m.

For the safety of our staff, guests and animals, and in accordance with new Harris County orders, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear masks. This change is effective Monday, June 22, 2020.

Below are some of the modifications you can expect during your next visit, including enhanced protocols and a modified Zoo path (view map). Please read carefully before planning your visit.

Houston Zoo Members

Member reservations through July 31 are available. 

Online reservations are required for ALL members during this time.

To reserve your tickets, choose a member date and entry window, login, enter the adults and children in your group and you will automatically get the number of free tickets covered by your membership. Upon arrival at the Zoo, you will need your photo ID and reservation confirmation.

Online reservations are required for all guests and members during this time.

Pick the day and time to visit, and you will receive an electronic ticket that can be scanned by one of our team members when you arrive.

Note: Your reserved time slot is your assigned arrival time. Once you arrive within that time frame, you are welcome to enjoy the Zoo until we close at 5:00 p.m. Last entry is at 4:00 p.m.

To ensure adequate social distancing between guests, attendance is capped each day to limit the total number of guests in the Zoo at one time. Guest and Member Services will operate at a limited capacity on-site to assist with membership and ticketing issues only. No tickets will be sold on-site at the Zoo.

Click to enlarge map.

Once inside you will follow a modified path through the Zoo to see many of your favorite animals in outdoor wildlife habitats, including Asian elephants, southern white rhinos, Malayan tiger, western lowland gorillas, African lions, and more!

Download Map PDF

Free hand sanitizer stations are positioned along the path, at restrooms, and food locations.

Food and beverages are available for purchase at multiple locations along the path. All food and beverage locations are credit card only. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own outside food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy while at the Zoo.

Guests will not have access to indoor animal and high-touch areas of the Zoo. The carousel, giraffe feeding platform, water play park, Children’s Zoo, and indoor animal exhibits will remain temporarily closed. All keeper chats and animal presentations are also unavailable until further notice.

Health and Safety Are Our Highest Priority

  • For the safety of our staff, guests, and animals, and in accordance with Harris County orders, guests 10 years or older and all Zoo staff are required to wear facial coverings that cover their nose and mouth. This change is effective Monday, June 22, 2020.
  • All Zoo staff are required to wear masks.
  • The Zoo has visual social distancing reminders placed to ensure guests maintain a safe social distance along the pathway.
  • Free hand sanitizer stations are positioned at the entry, exit, restrooms, and food locations.
  • Zoo staff is continuously cleaning high-touch surfaces like vending machines, tables, chairs, and more.
  • If a guest feels sick before their reservation, we ask that they not visit the Zoo.

Frequently asked questions

Are reservations required?

  • Reservations are required for both members and nonmembers.
  • General admission and membership reservations are limited each day. First come, first served.
  • Purchases are limited to 10 tickets.
  • Members may reserve up to 10 tickets.
  • Members will need their photo ID and reservation confirmation.
  • Guests with general admission will need their reservation confirmation (printed or on phone) to check in.
  • Guests must arrive at their reserved time slot to ensure capacity is not exceeded. The final time slot is 3-5 p.m., and no entry will be allowed after 4 p.m.

I’m a member, do I still need a reservation?

Yes, all members require a reservation. Upon arrival, members will need their photo ID and reservation confirmation. The number of tickets you can reserve depends on your membership level. If you have questions about your membership, please contact our member services team: membership@houstonzoo.org.

What can I see along the Zoo path?

Click to enlarge map.

Guests will follow a modified path through the Zoo to see many of their favorite animals in outdoor wildlife habitats, including Asian elephants, southern white rhinos, Malayan tiger, western lowland gorillas, African lions, and more!

EXPLORE ZOO MAP

Guests will NOT have access to indoor animal and high-touch areas of the Zoo.  The below areas are also temporarily closed.

  • Wildlife carousel
  • Water play park
  • Giraffe feeding platform
  • Playgrounds
  • Water fountains

Is a mask required to visit the Zoo?

For the safety of our staff, guests, and animals, and in accordance with Harris County orders, guests 10 years or older and all Zoo staff are required to wear facial coverings that cover their nose and mouth. This change is effective Monday, June 22, 2020.

Can I bring food and beverages in the Zoo?

Outside food, drink, and coolers are allowed. For the safety of the animals, guests may NOT bring:

  • Glass bottles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Plastic straws

Is food available for purchase?

Multiple food and beverage locations will be available along the path with limited food options. All food and beverage locations are credit card only.

Are ticket discounts available?

Military, student, and Lone Star discounts are available, but reservations are required. You MUST show your military, student, or Lone Star identification when presenting your ticket for admission.

Does the Zoo have strollers and wheelchairs available?

Yes. Click here for rental information.