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 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Austin Zoo
36.99% of people who visit Austin include Austin Zoo in their plan
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40.98% of people start their Austin Zoo visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Austin Zoo
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Austin Zoo, Austin Reviews
If you're looking for a traditional zoo experience, the Austin Zoo won't fit the bill. (I suggest the San Antonio Zoo if you're looking to go that route.) The Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo, which means adjusting expectations in a few respects: 1. They are a non profit. Don't expect anything super fancy. The walkways are crushed granite and their setup is pretty basic. However, they do great work and really seek to care for animals in need of a good home. 2. They operate for the well being off the animals, not your entertainment. I appreciate this aspect of the zoo, too. The animals here came from bad situations and are at the zoo because they need a bit of extra TLC. 3. You won't see everything a typical zoo has to offer. They do have bears, reptiles, monkeys and even tigers. However, you won't find elephants, zebras or many other animals you'd find at a larger zoo. All this being said, it is a great little zoo, and you can see pretty much everything within about 3 hours.You can buy food and feed many of the animals if you want to make the trip last a little longer. There is also a train (my daughter's favorite part!) You won't find a cafeteria or coffee shop, but they do have a small concession stand for snacks (ballpark nachos, snow cones, etc.) Overall, a good zoo with a great mission.
I really admire the principles behind the Austin Zoo which is more of an animal sanctuary than a traditional zoo. It has a lot of local and North American animals which are being relocated or rehabilitated. It also housed several more exotic animals which were abandoned pets. There is also a cute little train! We were able to feed some of the animals. Fun to see some peacocks wandering around
I wanted to give this place a better rating. As they are doing a good thing. However this place needs some love. Parts of the place had a the worse pee smell. Some of the enclosures need improvement. The walking paths also need some love. As well as the restrooms. If it's a hot day I would stay away.
It's not a zoo so much as a rescue and a zoo combined. It's not all concrete like so many zoos. It's like taking a hike through the woods, but with lion and tigers and bears! Oh my! They even have a little train now that they rescued from Zilker, and for just a few bucks they'll take you through the Texas Hill Country. It's gorgeous and you don't have to get all sweaty walking. And then of course there's the animals. They're well taken care of with clean enclosures. Plus there's chickens and peacocks wandering free everywhere. Which is a huge plus! It's a really great place for birthday parties. Kids love it, but then so do the adults. Go there!
I cannot say enough positive comments about this Organization. The level of Kindness to Customers is astounding. The Level of Compasion for these Beautiful Animals will bring tears to your Eyes. Do not expect the "Fluff" that all the other Zoos have. This is not an Organization primarily for the Guests, this is an organization that places its residents FIRST. The Focus here is Rehabilitation and somewhere the precious animals can call a Forever Home! I was humbled to see how much they truly care for the Animals here. And again, Customer Service is Awesome! Do not forget to ride the Train when you are there!😎