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“Elephant Bath's”
Review of Houston Zoo

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Ranked #3 of 316 things to do in Houston
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have over 1.84 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed March 18, 2013

We have gone for years but never get there early enough to see the Elephant's getting bathed. They do this at 10 AM, it was really fun for the kids to go up the barn windows, speak with the keeper and be just a mere few feet away from the elephants. They really enjoyed this. Recommend an early morning arrival to make it to this, added bonus, we had no trouble finding parking either.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Only gave 4 stars because it is not in the same league as the Bronx Zoo or the San Diego zoo. Still a great place - the chimpanzee display is especially interesting, and I always love the bird house.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

Houston zoo has days that are FREE for all citizens of America.
Additionally, the museums also have free days.
Call
Enjoy

9  Thank swalkerd
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

For it's size, it is one of the top rated zoos in the US. When you enter check the posted schedule for the keeper talks. After 4 years of being a member, I'm still learning from them!
The flamingo exhibit has been updated. The sea lion exhibit and seating were updated before that - shows for free a couple times per day.
The elephant exhibit has been enlarged. Last time I was there the two youngest elephants played in the pool for over an hour to my delight and great photo opportunities. The puma/mountain lion exhibit has been updated and enlarged.
Africa exhibits include the opportunity to feed the giraffes - twice daily depending on the weather. Nice places to sit and/or dine while watching the giraffes and rhinos/antelopes.
Turn right when you exit the Africa exhibit along the backside of the lion enclosure to reach the cheetah exhibit shared by the African Wild Dog pups - but not at the same time.
There are many places to cool off including inside while you watch 3D movies. Don't forget the water spouts for the kids to play in and cool off across from the wildlife carosel.
There are discount tickets available for the zoo at Fiesta and any entertainment rack at hotels. The first weekend of each month, both Saturday and Sunday, each Bank of America card allows one person in for free. The second Tuesday of each month is free for all from 2 till closing.
To save even more money, consider packing a lunch and keeping it in a cooler in your vehicle. You are permitted to leave and return the same day; bring food/drinks into the zoo and store those items in available lockers till lunch time; bring your own stroller/wagon/wheel chair or rent them. The water fountains throughout the park are free.
I just can't say enough good things about it... I've even taken photo classes through the Zoo, Houston Camera Exchange and other instructors with discount tickets available on-line.

6  Thank CameraAddict
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This zoo is really doing a superb job, and expanding more and more all the time. It was clean. There was a wide range of animals in what seemed to be excellent enclosures. We spoke with some of the keepers and were very impressed with their enthusiasm.

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