If you prefer to donate to a specific animal at Austin Zoo, our Sponsor an Animal program may be something you find rewarding. You can select the animal to which you would like to give a donation. 100% of your donation will go toward the care of the animal of your choosing. To take part in Austin Zoo’s Sponsor an Animal program, choose a program below or visit the zoo in person. It is a great way to improve the life of your favorite animals at the zoo!
Make a contribution to help feed and care for Austin Zoo’s animals.
$15.00- Feeds Russian Red Foxes Mikhail & Nikolai for one week.
$25.00 – Feeds Austin Zoo’s reptiles and amphibians for one week.
$50.00 – Feeds Austin Zoo’s tortoises for one week.
$50.00 – Feeds an Austin Zoo wolf or wolf hybrid for one week.
$75.00 – Feeds Austin Zoo’s goats for one week.
$100.00 – Feeds Austin Zoo’s birds for one week.
$150.00 – Feeds Austin Zoo’s monkeys for one week.
$200.00 – Feeds two big cats for one week.
$250.00 – Provides an annual health exam and vaccinations for one mammal.
Annual Naming &
Become an Annual Animal Sponsor today, and 100% of your donation will go to the feeding and care of the animal(s) of your choosing.
In 2015, over 206,000 guests visited Austin Zoo, with more in attendance each following year. With your sponsorship, signage documenting your name or your company’s name will be created and displayed for an entire year on the animal habitat. For more information, please call 512-288-1490.
The Education Building provides an open, indoor space to host birthday parties, Animal Experience shows, and other special events like Scotty Roo and Christini puppets shows during our Boo at the Zoo Fundraiser in October and our Silent Auction during our annual Austin Zoo Revue and Grand Gala in May.
Gift Shop Entrance
The Gift Shop houses both admissions and Austin Zoo souvenirs. Here, all of our guests must enter and exit the Zoo, buying tickets and spending time looking at the wide variety of Zoo merchandise.
Our Tortoise Barn houses both the Galapagos and Sulcata Tortoises. Heaters inside keep our Tortoises warm in the winter, and fans and misters keep them cool in the summer. Guests stop by the Tortoise Barn to watch our daily Tortoise Keeper Talk, where Zookeepers feed our Tortoises and demonstrate training and enrichment work we do with them.
Upper Tiger Habitat
The Upper Tiger enclosure currently houses Bengal Tiger Rajah. This big cat loves to play with giant red enrichment balls and cool off in his large fountain and pool during the summer.
Black Bear Cub Enclosure
Black Bear Cubs Ruby, Tilly and Korben came to Austin Zoo from Oregon when their mother abandoned them due to a logging incident. Growing bigger every day, these three siblings love scaling up the tall fencing of their enclosure, wrestling in their swimming pool and playing with their many enrichment toys.
Home to about 40 animals, the Discovery Center is the only indoor exhibit at Austin Zoo. Guests can see our snakes, turtles, tortoises, frogs, toads, lizards and cockroaches as well as learn interesting facts about our many reptiles and amphibians.
Lower Tiger Habitat
The Lower Tiger enclosure currently houses Bengal Tigers Ramah and Taj. They love relaxing in their large grassy enclosure or lounging in their three-tiered pool.
Monkey Island is home to Ringtailed Lemurs Nikki and Ringo, Patas Monkey Juliette and our largest primates, Colobus Monkeys Tico and Gonzo. These primates love foraging toys to keep their active minds entertained.
Transvaal Lions Enclosure
Transvaal Lions Jenali and Sango came to us in 2016 from Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo. These two brothers love their new home at Austin Zoo and enjoy relaxing and playing in their large grassy enclosure.
African Lion Enclosure
African Lion Amara is one of the most popular animals here at the Zoo. She often draws a large crowd; she loves running during trainings and playing with the enrichment our Zookeepers make for her.
In one of the most beautifully designed enclosures at Austin Zoo, Bobcats Earl, Festus and Marv spend their time relaxing next to their cascading fountain and pool, finding sun spots to take naps, and playing with scented enrichment items.
Our four male ostriches, Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wood, came to us at the very end of 2016. They were surrendered to Austin Zoo from an ostrich farm that no longer had space available. Now happily at home in their enclosure by the petting corral, they promise to be excellent additions to the Austin Zoo family.
American Alligator Habitat
American Alligator Rene was handed over to a Central Texas law enforcement officer, in a ferret cage, by a man who said the animal had been given to his daughter who did not want him. Rene was then brought to his forever home at Austin Zoo by an animal control officer in July of 2013. Rene enjoys spending time in his pool, and training twice a week with our Zookeepers in the warm spring and summer months.
Cougars Beaux and Vera both came to us separately as orphans from Washington state. Guests often see them lounging on their wooden enrichment structure, scaling the many branches of the oak tree in their enclosure or playing soccer with pumpkins.
Cougar Cub Enclosure
Cougar Cubs Oliver, Roxy and Willow were three weeks old when they arrived at Austin Zoo after their mother was killed by a hunter in Washington state. These siblings are full of energy and love climbing and playing with each other in their spacious outdoor enclosure.
Great Horned Owl Enclosure
Great Horned Owl Priscilla was found living on the courthouse in Eldorado, Texas by a game warden and his wife. After some trauma which resulted in the loss of vision in one of her eyes, Priscilla was transferred to a rehabilitation facility and later released in a nearby state park. It was later determined that hunting in the wild was too difficult for her. We are very excited to introduce Priscilla because she is the first owl ever rescued by Austin Zoo! Adjacent to the kinkajous, squirrel monkeys and assorted parrots, her brand new enclosure was built specifically for her special needs.
Lower Wolf Hybrid Habitat
The lower Wolf Hybrid yard is home to Shadow, Keanu, Cheyenne, Kira and Luna, who were found abandoned by their owner after Hurricane Ike moved through the area where they lived in 2008. The animals were seized by animal control and awarded to a receiver by a judge so they could be placed in a new home. They enjoy playing with each other in their pack, soaking up sun while lazing around, and chowing down on the tasty enrichment items made for them by our Zookeepers.
The Primate Palace currently houses ten capuchin monkeys and one spider monkey. This enclosure provides both comfortable, climate-controlled, indoor apartments and large, high-ceiling outdoor space to play and climb on many enrichment structures.
Grey Wolf Enclosure
Grey wolf sisters Juno, Denali, Aspen, Ivory and Lindy came to Austin Zoo from a facility in Illinois. These sisters love wrestling, chasing one another in their large yard space and soaking up the sun on their wooden enrichment structures.
Russian Red Fox Enclosure
Russian Red Foxes Mik and Nik were purchased by an individual from a website that sold foxes which were bred as pets. Upon their arrival to the US from Russia, they were confiscated by customs and brought to Austin Zoo by Texas Parks and Wildlife. They love running, playing and snuggling together in their spacious enclosure.
The Feeding Area is home to a variety of animals, including goats, sheep, deer, llamas, pigs and geese. Our guests create many memories here feeding and petting the goats, sheep, deer and llamas.
Wolf Hybrid Enclosure
Wolf Hybrids Eli and Layla were originally owned as pets in different parts of the state. Eli’s owners abandoned him during Hurricane Ike. Layla was surrendered to Austin Zoo after it was determined she did not get along well with her previous owner’s other Wolf Hybrids. Now, Eli and Layla live happily together, relaxing in their two story condo, and playing in their swimming pool during the hot summer months.
Emu Frederika was surrendered to Austin Zoo after her private owners had to move and were unable to take her with them. Arriving June 2016 at the age of 20, Frederika is exceptionally old (but very active!) for her species. She loves being hand fed grapes by her Zookeepers!
Binnie is the only Binturong currently at Austin Zoo. He was originally found on a porch by a couple in rural Pennsylvania. After being picked up by animal control, it was determined he had escaped from an exotic animal trader. Completed in 2014 as an Eagle Scout project, Binnie’s playscape has several platforms to relax on, and ladders to keep him active and entertained.
Coatis Maddie, Bosley and Stitch were all previously owned as pets in three separate homes. They were surrendered after their owners could no longer care for them. Maddie, Bosley and Stitch love running and hiding around the multiple levels of their enclosure, and when Zookeepers create enrichment items scented with essential oils.