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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.

Party for the Planet
April 21, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Party for the Planet
Presented by CenterPoint Energy
Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

We will have plenty of activities, crafts, music and more to make this Earth Day memorable. Be sure to get your Party for the Planet event program as you enter the Zoo. Learn how protecting our environment saves wildlife!

More Information about Party For the Planet

All event activities are included with your paid Zoo admission. This event is free for Zoo Members.

Brew at the Zoo
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

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.

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
Saturday, May 5

The annual Zoo Ball is a black-tie event with a wild twist! Join us as we raise vital funds for the Houston Zoo. You’ll meet Ambassador Animals, bid on exclusive silent and live auction items, and enjoy a fabulous seated dinner and dance ‘til midnight to live music from Taylor Pace Orchestra.

Learn More

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 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

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

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

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.


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Daily Schedule

TIMES ARE UPDATED EVERY MORNING
Meet the Keeper Talks are generously sponsored by Phillips 66

Tuesday April 3, 2018
10:00 Elephant Bath at the Elephant Barn
10:00 There will be a Keeper Talk at the Texan's Stage
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Reptile House
10:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at the Swap Shop in the Children’s Zoo
10:30 There will be a Keeper Talk at the Conservation Stage at the zoo entrance
11:00 Spark Team Presentation at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
11:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Rhinos
11:00 Giraffe Feeding Platform in African Forest (Dependent on Weather/Giraffes)
11:00 There will be a Keeper Talk at the Conservation Stage at the zoo entrance
11:30 Meet the Aquarium Keeper at the Piranha Exhibit in Natural Encounters
11:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Carnivores
12:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at Gorillas in African Forest
12:45 Meet the Keeper Talk at Sea Lions
1:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters
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
2:30 Toro’s Training Camp at the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone in the Children’s Zoo
3:30 Meet the Keeper Talk at patas in Wortham World of Primates
4:00 Meet the Keeper Talk at Natural Encounters