May 14th Visitors:
Austin Zoo will be closing early on May 14th in preparation for the Austin Zoo Revue & Grand Gala.

On that day, we will close at 5pm, with no one being admitted after 4pm.
Thank you.

Welcome To Austin Zoo


About Us

The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. Located on the southwest edge of Austin off of Highway 290 West and Circle Drive, Austin Zoo is a pleasant Hill Country zoo where visitors from around the world can come to learn about animals close-up, spend some time outdoors getting exercise and have fun. Read More

Austin Zoo Revue and Grand Gala

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, “Austin Zoo Revue” will feature the creative work of six Austin area artists. Last fall these six artists were chosen to lend their talents to a fiberglass animal assigned to them. Each completed creation will be auctioned off on the evening of The Gala at our Zoo, benefiting all our animals.

The Gala will include a buffet dinner, live auction, silent auction, and Zookeeper talks. Be a part of what will surely be one of the grandest events of our year by becoming a sponsor. To obtain additional information, you may visit or call our Gift Shop at (512) 288-1490 daily between 9:30am and 5:30pm.

Click here for more information!


Youth Summer Program 2016


Austin Zoo is hosting our first Youth Summer Program beginning June 2016! These classes will get your child excited about nature and science by using Austin Zoo as an outdoor living classroom. Kids will participate in many activities including investigating science through fun experiments, fostering their creativity through arts and crafts, and learning about nature through up close encounters.

For class dates and pricing, click here to download our flyer or visit our Education Page for additional information. Look here for more details coming in March!

New To Austin Zoo: Sango & Jelani!


These 2-1/2 year old Transvaal Lions, Sango and Jelani, came to us from Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo. Come out and give them a “hello”!


Upcoming Events

Austin Zoo Revue
& Grand Gala 2016

Save the date, Saturday, May 14th for Austin Zoo Revue & Grand Gala, one of our most popular fundraisers of the year! Tickets may be purchased by calling our Gift Shop at 512-288-1490.

  • Where – Austin Zoo
  • When – 6-10:00pm
  • Tickets – $100 per person
  • Catering by Gourmet Gals
  • Locally sourced beer and wines
  • 6 fiberglass animals transformed into works of art
  • Live and silent auctions
  • Zookeeper talks

Sponsorships are available at several levels. Visit the Austin Zoo Revue page for more information.

Meet “Beary Garcia” by artist Beth Stevie!


New to the Zoo:
Zoo Tots!

This spring join us for Zoo Tots! The program is designed for a parent/guardian and a child to spend time learning together! Each month will feature a new theme. Weekly classes will focus on the monthly theme. Visit animal exhibits to get the inside scoop on their care and life history, participate in hands-on activities such as crafts or science experiments. Take home a follow-up lesson to reinforce learning.

  • When: Tuesdays beginning March 1, 2016
  • Time: 11 AM – 12 PM
  • Price: $5 for one parent/guardian and child, $3 for a second child. (Non-members must also pay zoo admission.)
  • Ages: 2 -5 year olds and parent/guardians
  • Meeting Location: Education Building/Events Pavilion

Download the Zoo Tots flyer here and registration form here!

For more information about educational activities at Austin Zoo, visit our Education Page.

Austin Zoo Patch
Scavenger Hunt!

Complete on your own, or with some friends, or even with a larger group such as through scouting, a school class, or homeschoolers. Download and complete our specifically designed scavenger hunt to learn more about animals and the important mission of the Austin Zoo as a forever home for rescued animals.


Click here for more information and to download the Scavenger Hunt packet!

When you have completed all of the required patch activities at the Austin Zoo, stop by the gift shop to purchase either a Tiger or Peacock patch!



Daily Zoo Activities

Training and Enrichment

  • 11:00: Black Bear Cub Keeper Talk.
  • 11:30am: Primate Keeper Talk.
  • 12:30pm: Galapagos Tortoises Feeding. Weather Permitting.
  • 2:30pm Tuesday & Saturdays: Alligator Feeding.