Monday, January 9, 2012

TEEN CAREER CONFERENCE AT THE HOUSTON ZOO January 22, 2012 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

January 22, 2012
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

(HOUSTON) January 9, 2012 … What do you want to be when you grow up? For kids 12 years of age and older, it’s not too early to begin exploring the answer.  At the Houston Zoo’s Teen Career Conference on January 22, kids interested in animal-related career fields can get answers straight from the horse’s mouth. Or in this case from those who take care of lions, tigers, birds, and reptiles at the Houston Zoo and other dedicated professionals who have made animal care and conservation their life’s work. 

The Houston Zoo Teen Career Conference at the Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center offers kids 12 and older a unique opportunity to learn from professionals in the animal care field about how to prepare for their career, areas of study required, and descriptions of job opportunities in the field.  Houston Zoo staff participating in the Teen Career Conference will include carnivore and primate keepers, veterinary technicians and field conservation experts. 

 Participants can also learn about volunteer and internship opportunities at the Houston Zoo and discover other opportunities in animal-related career fields from exhibitors including Texas A & M University at Galveston and the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A & M University. 

Tickets for the Teen Career Conference at the Houston Zoo January 22 are $15 per person.  Parents are welcome, however a ticket is required. Register online when you visit the Houston Zoo Website at  

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 $13 for adults, $7 for seniors, $9 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 $11 and a child Zoo admission for $8.  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, visit

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

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