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Amazing Animal Encounters

Elephants, giraffes, big cats, rhinos, sloths, and dingoes – these are just a few of the animals available for a unique and fulfilling experience at the Houston Zoo. Imagine the thrill you’ll give a loved one as they enter the world of the zookeeper via an Animal Encounter. Here, guests can interact by taking a walk with a cheetah, get close up and personal views of a giraffe or rhino, get a kiss from a sea lion, take part in a piranha feeding encounter, and much more. “Behind the Scenes” provides a zookeepers-eye view of the gorillas, the sea lions, the Avian Conservation building, and the Kipp Aquarium.

As part of their many programs that involve direct animal protection and conservation, the Houston Zoo has implemented a plan to diminish the number of plastic bottles that end up in the ocean. The zoo encourages its visitors to bring their own reusable water bottles and refill them at any of the stations marked by the sign “Save Sea Turtles Here.” And, don’t forget to commission your own work of animal art, painted with non-toxic paints on canvas by a variety of zoo animals. For more information, click here.

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Publication Date: 2018-05-31