Houston Zoo

Location: Houston, Texas

The Houston Zoo is Texas’ largest top-notch zoological facility, housing over 6,000 animal residents representing nearly 1,000 species. Their mission is to connect communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. They strive for this vision by welcoming over 2 million visitors annually, making the Houston Zoo the second-most visited zoo in the country. The Houston Zoo is committed to exemplary animal care, environmental education, and global wildlife conservation. Houston Zoo’s Toad Recovery Project is Texan by Nature Certified; view the TxN Certification page here.

The Zoo offers dozens of unique animal habitat exhibits, including the Kipp Aquarium, a Bird Garden, a reptile and amphibian house, primate exhibits, an African Forest exhibit, and more; plus family-friendly play areas and a petting zoo. Visitors can experience close encounters with giraffes, sea lions, reptiles, piranha feedings, big cat training sessions, and more. The Zoo is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan, contributing to population management and conservation programs for a number of endangered species, including Texas natives such as the Houston Toad and Attwater’s prairie chicken.

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