Welcome To Austin Zoo

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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


 

Boo At The Zoo!

 

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Tickets Are On Sale Now!

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  • Tickets are limited, so reserve your tickets in advance!
  • When: Every Friday and Saturday night in October (October 7th & 8th, 14th & 15th, 21st & 22nd, 28th & 29th)
  • Price: $15.00 per person

Wear a costume (no adult masks, please), ride the haunted train ride, explore the haunted house, and see the animals by the glow of your flashlight. Plus, enjoy the special musical entertainment!
 
Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Picnic Grove. The Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for the occasion.

 


 

Austin Zoo’s 1st Annual Conservation Day!

 

Come to learn and play at the Austin Zoo’s Conservation Day!
  • When: Saturday, September 17th from 9:30am-2:00pm

Meet interesting people from local conservation groups and enjoy fun child-friendly activities.

The first 200 visitors will receive a free packet of native/heritage flower or vegetable seeds from Native American Seed and Seed Savers!

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Conservation groups that are planning to attend:

  • Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • Austin Astronomical Society
  • Travis Audubon
  • The Natural Gardener
  • TreeFolks
  • Travis County Master Gardeners
  • Horned Lizard Conservation Society
  • Millberg Farms
  • Two Hives Honey
  • Austin EcoNetwork
  • Texas Master Naturalists
  • 4-H CENTRAL
  • Girl Scout Troop 2416

 


 

Native Sundays!

We’re starting something new – Native Sundays! When you visit our rescued animals at our Zoo, you also encounter native Texas wildlife on our Hill Country grounds. We thought it would be fun to tell you about our native reptiles, insects, birds, amphibians and mammals!

This Week’s Native Species: The Eastern Cottontail

To learn more about this week’s featured species, visit the Native Texas Wildlife section of our website!
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For social media updates, like us on facebook!

 


 

Randalls, Animal Planet & Austin Zoo
“Explore The Animals Of The World”

The Animal Planet Trading Card Collector Albums will be on sale at $2.99 retail. Come join the fun!

Austin area Randalls stores will be offering The Animal Planet Trading Cards as a reward to their valued shoppers. The campaign will run for 8 weeks through September 6, exclusively at Randalls. Click here is see a list of participating Randalls stores.

Visit Randalls website for more details.

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All of the sales proceeds from The Animal Planet Trading Card Collector Albums sold at Austin Zoo will be donated to the care of our rescued animals!


 

Upcoming Events

Home School Day!

Let’s build some STEAM! Science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics that is! Homeschool families are invited for a day of learning and exploration! Learning activities from partner organizations, keeper talks and a special education animal presentation will be featured!

  • When: Friday, September 23
  • Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Price: $5.00 per person/$2.00 train ride. Advance reservations required

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Visit our Education Page for more information about registration.

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Introducing: Austin Zoo Sleuths!

Are you good at solving mysteries? Then take the challenge and solve the case of the missing running shoes! The case file will be available at our “Back to School Bash”. Join the singing Zoologist Lucas Miller for a performance in our Events Pavilion at 10 AM and then get a case file so that you can solve the case of the missing running shoes!

  • When: August 13
  • Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
  • Price: Free with paid admission
  • Ages: 2 -5 year olds and parent/guardians
  • Meeting Location: Events Pavilion

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Visit our education page for more information about Austin Zoo Sleuths.

 


 

Daily Zoo Activities

Training and Enrichment

Sunday

  • 11:00 AM Black Bear Cub Keeper Talk
  • 11:30 AM Primate Keeper Talk
  • 12:30 PM Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk
Monday

  • 11:00 AM Cougar Keeper Talk
  • 11:30 AM Primate Keeper Talk
  • 12:30 PM Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk

Tuesday

  • 11:00 AM Black Bear Cub Keeper Talk
  • 11:30 AM Primate Keeper Talk
  • 12:30 PM Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk
  • 2:30 PM Alligator Feeding (summer months only)
Wednesday

  • 11:00 AM Cougar Keeper Talk
  • 11:30 AM Primate Keeper Talk
  • 12:30 PM Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk

Thursday

  • 11:00 AM Black Bear Keeper Talk
  • 11:30 AM Primate Keeper Talk
  • 12:30 PM Galapagos Tortoise Talk
Friday

  • 11:00 AM Cougar Keeper Talk
  • 11:30 AM Primate Keeper Talk
  • 12:30 PM Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk

Saturday

  • 11:00 AM Black Bear Keeper Talk
  • 11:30 AM Primate Keeper Talk
  • 12:30 PM Galapagos Tortoise Keeper Talk
  • 2:30 PM Alligator Keeper Talk (summer months only)

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Did you know that Austin Zoo is home to 2 Gyms and 16 Pokéstops!

With a wide variety of Pokémon being sighted daily, Austin Zoo is quickly becoming a Pokémon Go hot spot!

Trainer Tips!:

  • We understand that you’ve “gotta catch ’em all”, but any guests found in off-limits areas will be asked to leave without being given a refund.
  • Ride the train! There are 3 Pokéstops that can only be accessed by riding The Rawhide Rocket. Train tickets are $2.50 per person and runs at the top of the hour from 11:00am – 3:00pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the train continues to run until 5:00pm.
  • Austin Zoo does not have a water fountain! A variety of beverages are sold in the gift shop and around the Zoo, or bring your own water bottle.
  • Use the hashtag #PokemonGoAustinZoo on social media! We love seeing your photos and may feature a few of our favorites.
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