Saturday, December 3, 2011


Shop in person, by phone, or online for great holiday gifts

            Make the holiday season naturally wild when you do your shopping at the Houston Zoo.  Whether you’re shopping for a family member, friend, teacher, or co-worker, when you choose a cuddly Adopt an Animal package, a gift membership, a behind-the-scenes tour, or an unforgettable animal painting experience, they’ll love their unique gift.  And, you’ll be giving twice – to your gift recipient and to the Houston Zoo.   
The Zoo’s special holiday offers are valid until December 31, 2011 and may not be combined with any other offer.   Shop in person, by phone or online at  Orders take up to 7 business days to process, so shop early!  Proceeds directly benefit the Houston Zoo and the care of our amazing animals. 

Gift Memberships

            Give a full year of naturally wild opportunities to enjoy the Houston Zoo and save 15 percent this holiday season when you give the gift of a Zoo membership.  Discounts are now available on Individual, Family, Family Plus, Grandparent, and Supporting Level Memberships purchased as a gift for someone in another household.  Individual memberships begin at $59 and family memberships begin at $89.   Purchase online at  Questions? Call 713-533-6713 or 713-533-6710.

Adopt an Animal

            Why not adopt a bear for your brother or a sea lion for your sweetheart this holiday season?  Adopt an Animal gifts are fun and educational and help care for your adopted animal, as well as support important education and conservation programs at the Houston Zoo.  Adopt packages start at $25.  For $190 become a Guardian of the Animals and have the name of a loved one engraved on a brick at the Zoo’s Front Entrance plaza.  Adopt an Animal packages require 5 business days for processing.  Get complete information online at Questions? Call 713-533-6673.

Behind the Scenes Tours

For a truly unforgettable experience, see the Houston Zoo from the inside out when you join us for a behind the scenes tour!  Have you ever been kissed by a 16-foot tall giraffe? Well, pucker up because now is your chance. Behind the Scenes Tours at the Houston Zoo typically take 30 minutes per area and can accommodate groups of 2 to 10 in any given animal area.  Tour prices include regular Zoo admission.  Find more information online at or call 713-533-6500.

Gift of Grub
            Did you know that the Houston Zoo’s toads, frogs, and chameleons eat 18 million crickets in just one year?  Give the Gift of Grub this holiday season to help provide tasty meals for all of the animals at the Houston Zoo.  Every dollar you donate will be doubled, up to a maximum of $25,000, thanks to a generous matching gift challenge by
TXU Energy.  Visit the Houston Zoo on the Web at or go to on your mobile device to make a donation.

Animal Painting Experience

            This is truly the gift for the person who has everything.  Here’s an opportunity to own a truly unique masterpiece.  Give the animal lover in your life their very own animal painting by one of our resident artists.  Or give them the opportunity to watch as the masterpiece is created.  Animal Painting Experiences are only $500 and Animal Paintings are $250.  For details about this unique holiday gift opportunity, log on to or call 713-533-6550.

Leave your legacy at the Houston Zoo for generations to come when you participate in the Zoo’s brick paver program.  The Zoo’s personalized brick pavers are a lasting way to recognize your family, friends, and love for the Houston Zoo.   Your brick purchase is a contribution to the Zoo’s Annual Drive to Support the Zoo, which directly impacts the Zoo’s first rate animal care and guest experience programs.   Pavers range in size from 8 by 4 inches with 2 lines of text for $100 to 16 by 16 inches with 6 lines of text for $2,500.  For more information, visit
Community Arts and Crafts

Far from large cities, villagers and nomadic peoples around the world create crafts and works of art while balancing their traditional way of living.  Community arts and crafts sold at the Houston Zoo gift shop provide opportunities to raise funds for our conservation partners in Asian, Africa and Central America, as well as increase awareness and offer tools to help with conservation actions and programs in countries where the Houston Zoo is involved in conservation efforts.  By supporting production of community arts and crafts, we work with farmers, herders, and ranchers to find ways for them to protect their traditional way of life and their families.

About the Houston Zoo
Founded in 1922, the Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving more than 1.8 million guests annually.  Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species.  Visitors can experience the wonders of Africa at The African Forest, the new 6.5 acre, $40 million addition featuring chimps, rhinos, and giraffes.  Travel to Africa.  No Passport Required.
The Houston Zoo is located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive in beautiful Hermann Park.  The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Central Standard Time (last admission at 5 p.m.) and from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. during Central Daylight Time (last admission at 6 p.m.).  The Zoo is closed Christmas Day.  Regular admission is $12 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $8 for children ages 2-11 and FREE for children under 2.  Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult Zoo admission for $10 and a child Zoo admission for $7.  Zoo memberships start at only $59.  For information on all the great benefits of becoming a Zoo member call (713) 533-6713 or visit our Web site at
Ride METRORail to the Houston Zoo from the Fannin South Park and Ride lot.  With frequent service, METRORail is a convenient answer to traffic congestion in the Texas Medical Center/Hermann Park/Museum District corridor.  For METRORail information,
Operated by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, the provision of engaging educational opportunities and the creation of stimulating exhibits that broaden the experiences of our guests and encourage their curiosity.
The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.  For more information visit

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