HOUSTON, US-JUN 25, 2016: Visitors entering the Houston Zoo, a 55-acre zoological park located in Hermann Park, Houston, Texas. It houses over 6,000 animals, and receives 1.8 million visitors per year

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Houston Zoo


Gorillas, elephants and moon jellyfish are a few of the 6000 residents of the 55-acre Houston Zoo. Activities include wildlife talks catering to different age groups and summertime zoo sleepovers. For an extra $7 you can feed the giraffes from a special platform (11am and 2pm).

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