Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Austin Zoo

The Austin Zoo has been around since 1990.  What started out as a goat ranch until it started acquiring exotic animals in 1994.  The mission of the Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education.  A lot of animals at the Zoo have come there once no one else can take care of the animals.   The Zoo needs private, corporate donations to survive and maintain the animals.  They also rely on admission fees, gift shop sales, and other fund raising activities  to ensure the animals are being taking care of.  

While at the zoo you can see over 300 animals in 100 species like Monkeys, Bears, Birds, Tortoises, Snakes, Lions, Wolves, goats, deer, llamas, sheep, pigs, Peacocks and many more.   It is a small zoo and takes less than 2 hours to visit.

Regular Hours (February 1 – October 31)  Open daily from 9:30am – 6:00pm 
Winter Hours (November 1 – January 31) Open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm 
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

$11.00 : Adult
$10.00 : Student, Senior (age 60+), or Military
$8.00 : Child (age 2-12)
$6.00 : Member Guest

You can purchase Animal Food to feed the goats, deer, llamas, and sheep in the Gift Shop.



Group rates:
$6.00 (per person) : Birthday Parties
$6.00 (per person) : Groups (15+ people scheduled in advance)

Annual Membership 
Annual pass holders receive unlimited visits for one year from the date of purchase as well as a 10% discount at the Gift Shop, and guests only pay $6.00 for admission when accompanied by you.  The zoo is a non profit so annual membership is tax deductible. 
$60.00 : Individual
$115.00: Family of Four
$30.00 : Additional Person


There is also a $3.00 per person train ride (children under 2 are fre) .  The train ride is about 15-20 minutes.  You can see some of the zoo’s additional animals as well as Texas Long Horns.   The train runs daily at the top of the hour, starting at 11:00am – 3:00pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the train continues to run until 5:00pm. (Train accepts cash and credit cards) 

Parking is free. 

Austin Zoo does not have water fountains.  Bring water from home or purchase some at the zoo.

This Zoo in Texas Hill Country is not as big as the San Antonio Zoo but it is much closer and perfect for small kids. You can feed animals and do not need to walk miles. 

You are welcome to bring in your own food and beverages. Food is available to purchase Monday – Sunday, weekdays – 11AM to 3PM & weekends – 11AM to 5PM. 
Open all holidays 11AM – 5PM except Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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