Meet Some of Our Carnivores
About the Carnivores
Lions, tigers, and bears…oh my! Meet the king of the jungle, tigers, jaguars, bears, fossa, and so many other carnivores as you trek through the wilds of the Houston Zoo. Your journey through the Carnivores exhibits will require a keen sense of sight –keep your eyes peeled in the small cats exhibits, because they like to hide – and their coats provide the perfect camouflage. Also, don’t miss the University of Houston’s mascot, Shasta the cougar!
Think cats don’t like the water? Think again! Stop by to visit the tigers, and you might just see them taking a dip in their moat. Take a close-up peek at the lions in the lion tunnel, where you may be able to observe our lions playing with special enrichment toys and treats.
Katie has been a keeper at various AZA facilities and at the Houston Zoo since 2015. She is the Carnivore department liaison for the Texas Black Bear Alliance and enjoys putting on Bear Awareness Day annually. You can often find Katie training our jaguars and other department animals or giving various keeper chats about what you can do to help save animals in the wild.
Ben has been with the Houston Zoo since 2008. While he helps to care for all of the animals in the Carnivore department, he works most closely with the ocelot, leopard, and the African lions.
Where are the Carnivores?
The carnivore habitats are located in the center of the Zoo, past Wortham World of Primates and Cypress Circle Concessions.
Hasani the Lion’s First Day Out
Did You Know?
Tiger cubs do not hunt on their own until they are 12 to 18 months old, when their permanent canine teeth come in. They will stay with their mother for up to 2 years.
A lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away!