Alerts

Thursday, June 21 and July 19, the Zoo will close early for After Dark: A Summer Series. Last entry at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 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.

Zoo Closing Early
July 19, 2018

Thursday, July 19, the Zoo will close early for After Dark: A Summer Series. Last entry at 4 p.m., gates close at 5 p.m.

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

Family Nature Club: Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve
July 21, 2018

Come with us to explore this hidden gem tucked away right off Tomball Parkway. We’ll explore walking trails and see what our nets can find in the water, as well as make a nature art take home for each participant.

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.

Find Out More and Join Family Nature Club

World Tiger Day – Spotlight on Species
July 28, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
At the tiger habitat

In honor of World Tiger Day, join us for a Tiger Spotlight on Species event! See our resident Malayan tigers celebrate
with some special enrichment items in their habitat. Attend talks and learn all about tigers as well as palm oil, a key ingredient affecting Malayan tigers in the wild due to its effect on deforestation.

Stop by the Tiger Boardwalk for educational games and crafts, learn more about these amazing endangered species and see what you can do to help!

Did You Know: There are more tigers in private ownership here in Texas alone than there are remaining in the wild in their native habitat in India and Southeast Asia? Tigers are wild animals, not pets! Find out more at this event.

This event is included with your paid Zoo admission and is FREE for Zoo members. Members enjoy free admission year-round and many other benefits; find out more on our Membership page.

Member Morning Featuring Sea Lions
August 4, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

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

Member Morning Featuring Rhinos
September 1, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

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.

Member Morning: Palm Oil Awareness
October 6, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

Member Morning Featuring Okapi
November 4, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

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.

Member Morning Featuring Lions
December 1, 2018

During Member Mornings, Houston Zoo members can enter the Zoo one hour before the general public. Enjoy cooler weather and see the keepers prepare enrichment and animal areas all around the zoo.

Each month, a different keeper talk is featured at 8:30 a.m. exclusively for Zoo members. Get an introduction to one of the Zoo's amazing animals from one of the experts who care for them each day.

This event is always FREE for Zoo members, and there’s no need to RSVP – just come out and enjoy the morning!

More information About This Event and other Member Events

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

Monday May 21, 2018
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 Hoofstock
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Cheetahs
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Kipp Aquarium
12:00 Toro’s Training Camp at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Chimpanzees 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 Swamp monkeys and red-tailed guenons in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters