Austin ZooCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736, United States, 78736
- Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1512-2881490
- Fax: +1-5122883972
- Ticket Price: 9 USD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Sanctuary , Zoo, Family And Kids, Nature, Bird Watching, Social, Zoos, Aquariums And Wildlife Sanctuaries
Austin Zoo - Review
Austin Zoo located at southwest edge of Austin, Texas. If you’re an animal lover and would like nothing better to see happy and healthy animals this non-profit rescue Zoo is perfect for you. It more sanctuary than zoo, the volunteers who run this place are completely dedicated to their mission of assisting animals in need, through rescue, rehabilitation and education. This zoo in Austin is privately run and a non profit organization, and is home to mostly rescued animals. On top of having a heart of gold, they have a wide variety of animals that absolutely thrill visitors; from black bears to turtles, African lions to Bengal Tigers and even a couple of cute little porcupines.
The Austin Zoo was initially a goat ranch and started its days as a place where animals in need were housed. During the 90’s, mostly domesticated animals like goats, pigs and deer called it home and by 1994, more exotic animals began to live under its roof. It was renamed to Austin Zoo and in 2000, it became a non profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need. Today you’ll find a host of animals there, such as lions, tigers, bears, cougars, monkeys, lemurs and a lot more. There are more than 300 animals, of a hundred species, all rescued from cruel owners, other zoos and natural disasters.
What strikes most visitors is the compassion and sheer commitment of the volunteers, and their absolute love for animals. The Austin Zoo is clean, well maintained and even air conditioned, ensuring the animals feel comfortable during the warmer months. The facility is smaller than most popular zoos but cosy, perfect for getting up close with our furry friends. Children love feeding the goats, deer and sheep and older kids will find the reptiles, birds and amphibians fascinating. Each enclosure provides information about the animals within; it’s history, how it came to the Zoo and its name! Bring your own food if you’re looking to spend a couple of quality hours here and revel in this sweet sanctuary, where you can feel glad that the animals are actually looked after the way they deserve to be.
Austin Zoo Information
- Get your own food and water.
- Animal feed to feed the goats, deer, llamas, and sheep is available for sale only in the Gift Shop for $2 per bag.
- There’s a scenic train ride. The train costs $2.50 per person, children under 2 are free. Tickets are purchased at the station, and Visa and MasterCard are accepted in addition to cash.
- The zoo trails are made of crushed granite gravel. It is best to wear closed toe, comfortable walking shoes.
- Austin tx zoo is a 501© registered non-profit organization and rely on donations to keep protecting the animals they house.
- Strollers are available for your use free of charge on a first come, first served basis. They are located on the Education building porch.
- Parking is free of charge.
Austin Zoo Ticket Prices
Austin zoo prices -
- Adult: USD 11.95
- Student: USD 10.95
- Senior / Military : USD 10.95
- Child (age 2-12): USD 8.95
- Member Guest: USD 7.95
- Animal Food: USD 3
- Non-profit group: USD 6.95
- Groups and birthday parties: USD 7.95
- Austin zoo train ride cost: USD 3 per person
Austin zoo field trips ticktes -
- September 1 – January 31: USD 5.50
- February 1 – May 31: USD 6
- June 1 – August 31: USD 6.50
- Please call the gift shop at (512) 288-1490 to schedule your birthday party, group, or field trip. In order to secure a discounted rate, a reservation must be made by your group with in advance of your visit.
Austin Zoo Opening and Closing Hours
Austin zoo hours -
- February 1 – October 31: Daily from 9:30 am – 6 pm
- November 1 – January 31 ( Winter Hours): Daily from 9:30 am – 5.30 pm
- Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
- The park entry not allowed after 04:30 pm during winters.
Austin zoo train ride timing -
- Mon - Fri: 11 am – 3 pm
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11 am – 5 pm
Own food allowed on -
- September 1 – February 28: Friday – Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
- March 1 – May 31: Tuesday – Friday 11 am - 3 pm & Saturday – Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
- June 1 – August 31: Tuesday – Sunday 11 am - 3 pm
Restaurants Near Austin Zoo
- Jack Allen’s Kitchen
- Iron Cactus
- Baguette et Chocolat
- Whole Foods Market
- Pei Wei Asian Dinner
- Madam Mam’s
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My Wife and I went to the Austin Zoo two years ago. We had a Great Time. Enjoyed looking at the animals that were there, Happy that they were being well taken care of. We found the staff to be Friendly and Helpful. Enjoyed Train Ride, Bought Souvenirs at a Decent price. We Definitely will be going back.
Excellent family retreat for at least half day of fun. Lots of exotic animals, plenty of natural shade and rest areas. Nice train ride the kids enjoy very much. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. A not for profit zoo do all proceeds benefit the entire rescued animals. Peacocks fly and strut around with their beautiful display. Can't say enough good about this special place. Go! Enjoy with your family.
It's a rescue zoo, so don't expect a traditional zoo experience. Its fairly small, but still has many beautiful animals to see. My toddler loved it, especially the birds and wild lizards he saw that run around the zoo. He also loved feeding the animals. Nice place to visit for a few hours. They don't have much in the way of food though. It would be nice if they had a system in place (like a stamp or something) that would allow you to leave to eat, and then come back in the same day without having to pay again.
Perfect place to bring kiddos for a day out. The animals are a random selection for a zoo but the majority of them are rescued from bad situations. The train ride is every hour and it's long and a fun treat. Also feeding the goats is very entertaining.
Very different than a big commercial zoo, but in a great way! Large habitats, not cages. Wander freely through the space rather than being shuffled along in crowds. Non-profit rehabilitation for animals rather than $8 soda and tons of people. No gimmicks, just animals. My family had a great time!
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