Houston Zoo

Photo Day at the Houston Zoo: “An African Forest Safari”

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015

07:00 AM – 09:00 AM

Guests are invited to join the Zoo for Photo Day as we highlight a few of the African Forest ambassadors!

Photo Day allows photographers of all skill levels a chance to visit the Zoo and take great animal photos, all before the Zoo opens. Guests can enjoy the cooler morning weather and lighter crowd, plus see the animals at a time of day when they are most active.

About the Programs & Activities

Continental breakfast is provided. Please note there will be walking for this event so proper footwear is suggested. A Zookeeper from the Primate and Hoofstock team will also be available to talk about the featured animals and answer any questions.

This event is rain or shine. All activities are included in the ticket price.

Featured Animals

  • Red River Hogs
  • Gorillas
  • Chimps
  • Giraffes
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    • Daylight Savings Time, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (last admission 6pm)
      Central Standard Time, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission 5pm)
      Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, All hours subject to change - See website for more details
      Zoo Lights Times: Daytime 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Zoo Lights: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Adults 12-64: $19.95 Children 2-11: $15.95 Seniors 65+: $14.95 Children 1 and under are free. | The Houston Zoo offers free admission to guests on the first Tuesday of each month September through May from 12:00 p.m. until closing. Does not apply to June, July and August.

    Directions & Parking

    • Free Parking
    • Paid Parking
    • The Houston Zoo does not have its own parking lot; free parking is available in Hermann Park. Please note, parking is limited so consider arriving early or using public transportation.

    Special Offers / Dining

    Wherever you are in the Houston Zoo, you’re never far away from a snack. Cafes, carts and kiosks are located throughout the Zoo and feature items such as burgers, salads, hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, fresh fruit, beverages and more.


    Food Trucks

    Our chefs are constantly working to provide Zoo guests with exciting new options for refreshments. The latest addition includes themed food trucks with a variety of savory and sweet options. Visit the Masakan truck located near our jaguar habitat for Asian inspired cuisine, and our BBQ Americana trailer for smoked meats and classic sides.


    Macaw Café

    The perfect place to grab a quick bite as you enter the Zoo, Macaw Café offers a seasonal rotation of market salads and wraps, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, fries, and a variety of treats such as parfaits, cookies, trail mix, and fresh fruit.


    Herzstein Trading Post

    Feeling the need for a sweet treat? Here’s your place. Located at the entrance of African Forest, the Trading Post offers Dole Whips as well as a variety of other snacks and treats, including cookies, large pretzels, and popcorn. You’ll also find beverages like soda, juice and Saint Arnold beer.

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