Serving as a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Houston, and neighbors with the world renown Texas Medical Center, the Houston Zoo is home to wildlife from all corners of the globe. Gorillas, giraffes, elephants, storks, tortoises and many more species are waiting to teach you something you did not know about animals. Over two million guests visit the Zoo each year to explore an incredible variety of animals and ecosystems that immerse visitors into an educational and fun experience. The Zoo is open 363 days a year, only closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
More than 6,000 residents with claws, fins, wings, and hooves keep the dedicated and passionate team busy, as they work around the clock to provide meals, housing, and state-of-the-art medical care to hundreds of different species. In addition to world-class animal care, the Zoo is a small city of its own, employing electricians, plumbers, accountants, and more to keep the Zoo running smoothly for the safety and well-being of its residents and guests. From maintaining facilities for massive elephants to finding the perfect trimmings for tiny leafcutter ants, it takes a lot to care for the animals. Luckily, all of the Houston Zoo family is steadfast in their commitment to connect communities with animals and inspire action to save wildlife.
The Zoo’s commitment to saving animals extends far beyond its gates. Supporting wildlife conservation projects in more than 20 countries, the Houston Zoo aims to empower its guests to save animals in the wild through simple behaviors like recycling old cell phones and taking reusable bags to the grocery store. Additionally, a portion of every ticket and Zoo membership goes toward the important conservation work of the Houston Zoo and its partners.
For those adventurous visitors that want to get even closer to their favorite animals, opportunities abound. Book an exclusive Animal Encounter experience and interact with amazing animals like sea lions, rhinos, sloths, elephants, cheetahs, and more! Or, venture behind the scenes with a zookeeper and journey to staff-only areas of the Zoo and see what it is like to care for animals each day. Looking for something a little more laid-back? Stop by the giraffe feeding platform to feed a giraffe its lunch, take a ride on our Wildlife Carousel, or take your kids to meet the goats.
Whether your trip to Houston lasts weeks or days, a Houston Zoo membership is a great way to enjoy the Zoo all year long. Even if your travels take you far from Houston, a Zoo membership has you covered, offering free admission or discounts to more than 100 zoos across America!