The exhibits at the Houston Zoo cover everything imaginable that crawls, creeps, coasts and climbs. From Natural Encounters to the Children’s Zoo, from the Aquarium to the African Forest, there is a world to explore. Tours, events and special programs make each experience uniquely original and memorable.
A walk through the African Forest exhibit is a veritable safari, right in the center of downtown Houston. Winding paths take visitors through tunnels, past Chimpanzees, around village huts. Highlights of this exhibit include giraffes, rhinoceroses, gorillas, and more. Animal enthusiasts can even view some of the excitement away from the park, via the Zoo’s Rhino Webcam available on their website.
The Houston Zoo is more than just an animal park, it is an Aquarium as well, combining two much loved attractions in one. The Kipp Aquarium is home to more than 2,000 fish, representing 200 species from all around the globe. Such aquatic highlights include piranhas, stingrays, a green moray eel, and even a giant pacific octopus.
The flying friends of the Houston Zoo are numerous, with more than 800 birds, with 200 different species to be seen. Such feathered creatures include Marianas fruit doves, green winged Macaws, and Micronesian Kingfishers. Many of these beauties can be seen in the Zoo’s Bird Garden and the Tropical Bird House, an indoor rainforest teeming with tropical life. The Birds of the World exhibit also features many of the Zoo’s avian acquaintances, including brightly brilliant flamingos.
Powerful and engaging, the Houston Zoo’s carnivores captivate their visitors with a single brooding glance. The predators present in this exhibit include jaguars, lions, tigers, cougars, wolfs and more. But it’s not all serious in carnivore country, a visit to many of these enclosures will often find the great cats splashing about in their moats or playing with their treats and toys. Photo: The Houston Zoo
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