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Visiting Houston Zoo

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The Houston Zoo is a zoological park and the most famous tourist destination spot. The zoo is located in the Herman Park with more than 6.000 animals in over 900 species. It opened in September 1922 operated by non-profit corporation Houston Zoo Inc.  It is the second most visited park in the United States of America.

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Discover Wildlife in The Houston Zoo

Discover Wildlife in The Houston Zoo

1. African Forest

1. African Forest

The African Forests was opened in December 2010. It has the best ecosystem and was awarded by Houston Press for the same. The forest includes animals such as giraffe, chimpanzees, zebras, white rhinoceros, and ostrich.

2. McNair Asian Elephants Habitat

2. McNair Asian Elephants Habitat

The Mc Nair Asian Elephant Habitat includes a wide range of Asian Elephants. This habitat protects and conserves the wild elephants. It is the most popular spot among the kids.

3. Birds

3. Birds

The Houston Zoo has three sections; the Tropical Bird House, the Birds of the World and the Fischer Bird Garden. It has a huge and vast range of birds with more than eight hundred birds. The zoo exhibits around two species of birds including; Congo Peafowl, Mariana fruit Dove, Kingfishers and many more.

4. Conservation

4. Conservation

The Houston Zoo organizes programs for protection and conservation of wildlife. It supports the number of projects to conserve the endangered habitat and species of wildlife. The projects include; sea turtle, clouded leopard, chimpanzee, elephants, African lion, wild African dogs, gorilla, cheetah and many other animals.

5. After Dark Timeline

5. After Dark Timeline

The Houston zoo organizes a program after sunset. The program starts at 6:00 pm and gets over at 10:00 pm. Kids are not allowed in this program. Only adults who are above the age of 21 will get the entry with their identification proof.

Houston Zoo Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You can book your ticket through this website to avail the best offers and discounts. Pre-booking of the tickets saves your time and money as well.

How To Get Around?

There are many means available in Houston. You can travel through metro, bus, taxi, sharing cab, rental car, or private cabs. Limon and Town car is easily available in Houston.

What Should I Wear?

There is no dress code to the Houston Zoo. You can wear anything you find appropriate. Wear comfortable shoes or flip-flop as the zoo is spread on an area of 55 acres. Avoid wearing high heels. You can prefer to pack lightweight, soft and delicate fabric. You may carry jeans, jumpsuits, trousers, tees and casual button downs. You are recommended to take a pair of sunglasses, a hat, a scarf, a sunscreen lotion. Bring your hand towel and tissue.

Houston Zoo Facts

Best Time to Visit

The spring season has low temperatures and is a pleasant weather to visit. The best time to visit Houston is starting from the months of February to April and from the months of September to November.  The visiting time to Houston Zoo is 9:00 am to 7:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday. The Zoo visiting hours have been extended on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Weekday mornings are perfect to visit the zoo as it's less crowded. The Houston Zoo offers free entry on the first Tuesday of every month, from September to May.


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Will I Need a Guide?

No, you will need not to take a guide as this website provides you the complete information

How To Get There?

You can reach Houston by car, train, airplane, or bus. If you are traveling within the country then you can reach the city by train, bus or car. And if you are from abroad then you need to book the tickets for the flight to George International Airport. Once you reached Houston Airport, further journey can be done by city transport.

Additional Info

You will be amazed to know that the zoo offers free entry to visitors on the first Tuesday of the month from September to May. The free entry will be from noon till the zoo gets close. The visitors are requested not to bring balloons, glass container or alcohol on the premises of the zoo. You can take food items inside but do not feed animals. Teasing or feeding animal is a punishable offense.  Try to arrive early at the zoo so you save yourself from parking trouble. You can even save your time and money by booking the tickets in advance. You are allowed to take the camera inside. The natural snapshots can help you to earn. You can bring your clicked snaps to swam shop and earn the point through them. Be aware of pickpockets and take care of your valuables.