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The Houston Zoo: The Place for Wild Gatherings
Meeting planners in search of a one-of-a-kind venue that can support creative, edgy and memorable corporate events should look no further than the Houston Zoo. With amazing indoor and outdoor facilities, flexible meeting spaces and the added bonus of interacting with some of nature’s most breathtaking creatures, the Zoo is a fitting location for a corporate event that is meant to be appreciated by everyone in attendance.

One of the Houston Zoo’s most unique facilities is the Natural Encounters building where guests can experience the environment of one of six amazing ecosystems. Groups of up to 80 for seated engagements or 150 for reception-style events can enjoy the sights and sounds of a faraway natural habitat while savoring dinner and cocktails. Complete your exotic event with a visit from a very special guest from the animal kingdom. Guests won’t soon forget the special one-on-one time with one of this zoo’s many friendly inhabitants.

Other exciting facilities include the Kipp Aquarium where guests can enjoy an underwater experience with some of the world’s most fascinating sea life, as well as the Reptile & Amphibian Building, home to a plethora of amazing cold-blooded creatures, the perfect space for a tropical-themed event. Planners should also note the Brown Education Center, a building with versatile space that can sustain a variety of seating arrangements for an assortment of meeting combinations.

Care to take the corporate world outdoors? The Sea Lion Deck makes for an entertaining dinner or party with front row seats to the stomping grounds of the zoo’s loveable sea lion residents. For an evening of classic elegance, the Reflection Pool sets the stage for moonlit dining in the heart of the Houston Zoo.

If the idea of navigating the endless meeting options the Houston Zoo has to offer sounds like a daunting task, planners should feel free to seek the assistance of the venue’s in-house event professionals who are more than happy to help organize the perfect engagement to meet your corporate or social objectives.

The Zoo provides an enjoyable backdrop for corporate picnics in the form of the Karamu Outpost, a tented outdoor space that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. Planners can choose from three delicious picnic menus, including the American grill, a selection of hamburgers and hotdogs served alongside baked beans and potato salad; the Texas fajitas option, a mix of chicken and beef fajitas complemented by flour tortillas, grilled peppers and onions, Spanish rice and ranchero beans; or the smokehouse BBQ, a crowd-pleasing feast of beef brisket and sausage served with potato salad and rancho-style beans.

Even if an enjoyable picnic is not on the agenda, planners can still rest assured that other food-based events are more than taken care of. Solarus Catering creates remarkable dining options inspired by the Zoo’s gorgeous environment and all dishes are served with first-class presentation and world-class taste in mind. As the facility’s preferred caterer, Solarus can customize any meal with any set of guidelines or requests a planner might have.

The benefits of hosting a corporate event at the Houston Zoo go beyond the immediate guest satisfaction of experiencing the wonders of the natural world or a company’s long-term return on investment. By making the Houston Zoo their meeting venue of choice, corporations and organizations underwrite much of the facility’s ongoing conservation efforts, expansion projects and scientific research.

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