Austin Zoo

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Facility:Austin Zoo
Description:Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo and provides sanctuary to displaced animals from a variety of unfortunate and often neglectful situations. Assisting animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. Visit and help them to continue to do the rescue work and provide quality care for the animals.
Address 1:10807 Rawhide Trail
Address 2:
Zip Code:78736
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Hours:10:00am 6:00pm daily

No admittance after 5:00pm

Admission:Children (ages 2 12) $4.00
Adults $7.00
Students (must show Student ID) $5.00
Military (must show Military ID) $5.00
Grandparents/Seniors $5.00
Train Ticket (ages 2 and up) $2.50

Telephone:(512) 288-1490
Elizabeth D., Co-op Member
This zoo may disappoint children if they are expecting a typical zoo. This is a rescue zoo, which does important work. However, the assortment of animals is fairly random, based on what sorts people have tried to have as pets. So many kids favorites will not be included. Also the animals pens aren't even close to mimicing natural habitat. And, as rescues, they are not in the best condition.

If you are interested in learning about animal rescue work, this is a great place to go. They provide a lot of information.

The train is fun for small children.
K. W., Co-op Member
Can't say enough good things about this place! Have visited several times. The animals are all well cared for, and you can actually get up very close to big thrillers like the tigers and lions! The terrain is classic hill country limestone rocks--be sure your kids are in "hiking" type shoes, not flip flops. There is an area for stroller parking, as it seems many strollers are not built for off-roading. There is a picnic area where there were a few kids having birthday parties, and there is a little train that runs throughout the zoo (but on a limited schedule, so check as soon as you arrive if you plan to ride it). Also it can get very, very hot here, so be sure to pack hats, sunscreen and water. We also visited on a day in February that was somewhat cold, and many of the animals stayed in their houses (all of the monkeys, for example), so I wouldn't recommend going when it is cold outside. Definitely a must-see kid destination!
Michelle Jones, Co-op Member
Love this zoo! It is not your typical zoo. It's not as big nor does it have as much variety as a big zoo, but it makes up for that with the close up look you can get at the different animals. I also love that it is a rescue zoo and the staff is very willing to answer questions and teach about the zoo, what they do and how they do it. Its in the beautiful Hill Country right around Austin, the train ride is not only fun but it takes you through some beautiful country side. I second that you definitely need to wear the right kind of shoes. They also have a great area where you can bring in your own food and have a nice picnic lunch at the picnic table while peacocks roam around. Overall it is a great zoo with a wonderful purpose and great educational value. Plus if you have older kids they may have volunteer options, they did the last time we were there.
M.H., Co-op Member
My son and I have visited many zoos. This is not your typical experience but we had a wonderful time. It was great to see the animals so close up and to have so many peacocks just running around. My son really had fun.
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