Saturday, June 9

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 Almost two weeks after her release, we can only guess which waters our rescued Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is exploring today.  One thing is for certain though—she’s got underwater company. With an estimated 50 – 80% of Earth’s creatures living under the ocean’s surface, we can rest assured that she has made plenty of friends since her first splash into the Galvestonwaters on May 19.

On SATURDAY, JUNE 9, you’re invited to come aboard as we celebrate marine creatures like this sea turtle and all of her newfound companions during our World Oceans Day event. Dock your ship at the Houston Zoo and prepare to sail through a day of nautical -themed activities, made possible by the event’s sponsors K12 and United Airlines.

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. young sailors can enjoy our Activity Zone throughout the event and afternoon readings of Dr. Seuss’s timeless children’s story One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish on the Butterfly Stage in the McGovern Children’s Zoo at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In addition, guests can get unique insights into a few of our marine residents and their underwater worlds during special Meet the Keeper Talks at the Kipp Aquarium. Bring the kids and watch our sea turtle feeding at 10:00 a.m. or learn all about jellyfish at 2:00 p.m.

Here at the Houston Zoo, we think World Oceans Day is a great occasion to recognize all the marine life that call the Seven Seas their home, especially those species that are endangered. Many marine life populations are decreasing at an alarming rate. Right now you can learn more about endangered species by visiting the Rhythm of Conservation website. Brought to you by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and K12, the site provides information on a new endangered animal everyday and offers fun activities for kids! Make sure to also enter their daily sweepstakes, ending June 15, which enters you for a chance to win a trip to Walt Disney World!

Let’s do our part to learn about marine animals, and make sure they stay around for years to come! We’ll see you at World Oceans Day!


Meet the Keeper Talks:

Sea Turtle Feeding – 10:00 am – KIPP Aquarium

Storytime – 11:00 am – Butterfly Stage

Piranha Feeding – 11:30 am – Natural Encounters

Storytime – 12:30 – Butterfly Stage

Jellyfish Chat – 2:00 pm – KIPP Aquarium

This event is FREE with your Zoo admission.



Thank you to our generous sponsors!


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