Austin Zoo

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  • 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

About Austin Zoo, Austin

If you’re an animal lover and would like nothing better to see happy and healthy animals, Austin Zoo is perfect for you. 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 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 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 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 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

  • For Adult: $9
  • For Student: $8
  • Under 12: $6
  • Group rates are available.
  • Birthday Parties: $ 6 per Person
  • Groups (15+ people scheduled in advance, please) $ 6per person ; Field Trips (15+ school kids with chaperones)$ 5per person.
  • 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

  • You can visit around 10:00 am.
  • The park closes at 05:30 pm during winters (no entry after 04:30pm).

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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  • 44.67% of people who visit Austin include Austin Zoo in their plan

  • 46.25% of people start their Austin Zoo visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Austin Zoo

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95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Austin Zoo

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Austin Zoo, Austin Reviews

  • 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.

  • This is a great rescue zoo. I love that it is a smaller size, making it easy to walk around to all the different habitats. The roaming peacocks are also so fun for the kids. The animals are all easily viewable and up close. My kids love it! Fun little train ride!

  • Surprisingly neat place. You can get really close to the Tigers and cougars and you can even see them eat steak for lunch. The whole tour can be 1 to 2 hours to take your time and appreciate all of the different animals there. I even saw an area where you can have birthday parties and there is a train you can take around the grounds which we will do next time. Very nicely maintained and cared for

  • Over all, good experience but, I made the mistake of coming with higher expectations. DO NOT come expecting the San Diego, Houston, or even the Audubon Zoo... This is a small rescue zoo, it is what it is. Throughout the day, my creative side distracted me with ideas that would have made the experience more appealing but, I won't go into that here. The peacocks roaming around were a hit. For the most part, the animals seemed happy, as well as the staff. Very friendly. To me that is more important than the sub-par food and lack of amenities/activities. I do recommend going early in the morning for a better chance at seeing the animals, especially during the hot Texas summer months. Will return to bring my kiddos someday soon for the experience.

  • Our family loves the Austin Zoo! We bought the annual pass and go frequently. You have to understand that this zoo is a rescue facility, and the zoo operates on donations. There are a good variety of animals, and depending on the time of day you choose to go, they are very active. The staff takes incredible care of the animals and are very friendly and knowledgeable when you all then questions. The food is moderately priced, and you will need a few extra dollars to ride the train. The parking is a little tight and in a dirt lot, but staff is there to help you find open spots. I can't stress how awesome the staff is at Austin Zoo! Take your kids and have a fun time!

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