Houston Zoo Galapagos Exhibit

Houston, Texas

As a part of its Keeping Our World Wild Centennial Capital campaign plan, the Houston Zoo’s six-year, multi-phase project consists of 2.5 aces of new public spaces, amenities, and exhibits that include its transformative $70 million dollar Galápagos Islands exhibit, the first major exhibit of its kind to showcase the remarkable wildlife of the legendary island chain.

The Houston Zoo’s Galápagos Islands immerses guests in an environment evoking the archipelago’s unique landscapes and oceanic habitats. New features include an underwater tunnel, molten lava tubes, a viewing pond, sea cave, a new 190,000-gallon aquarium, and ocean gallery with residents that aren’t limited to sharks, rays, giant sea turtles, giant tortoises, blue iguanas and more. They also welcomed Humboldt Penguins that are housed in a climate-controlled environment protected from potentially infectious mosquitos.

Architect: Studio Hansen Roberts (Building Architect) / Lake Flato (Landscape Architect)

Project Completion: May 2023