You may have heard about the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) found in the United States. Austin Zoo’s veterinarians and animal curator have been closely monitoring this bird flu and a preparedness plan is in place. The HPAI has now been reported in a range that requires extra protection for the health and safety of the Zoo’s birds. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts taking place. This is an ever-evolving situation and we will continue to keep you updated.


Calling For Donations!

Summer Camp Season at Austin Zoo is just around the corner! Each week, campers will be crafting, as well as making enrichment for our animals. We are looking for the following donations to help us provide the best experience possible for our campers:

Cardboard tubes of varying sizes

Empty 2-liter, clear plastic bottles

Please bring any donations to the Gift Shop at Austin Zoo. Our open hours are from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Thank you!


Austin Zoo Accepting Donations to Support Ukrainian Wildlife

The human pain and sorrow that is ongoing in Ukraine are devastating to us all. Our hearts are also broken for the many animals at risk.
Austin Zoo in collaboration with the Zoological Association of America is working to raise funds to support ZAA in its effort to support animal welfare in Ukraine.

Austin Zoo is accredited by ZAA, the Zoological Association of America. ZAA in its effort to support animal welfare in Ukraine is soliciting donations to support the Askania Nova Biosphere Reserve, which manages a zoological garden, and the Saiga Biosphere Reserve (a UNESCO Heritage Site.) The Reserve holds the only captive herd of Saiga Antelope in the world. It is also the home to the endangered Przewalski Horse believed to be the only true “wild horse.”
The situation is dire, please help us help them.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here.


Austin Zoo Revue Gala 2022

Join us for a fun evening, Saturday, September 10, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at our biggest fundraiser of the year, The evening will include a live and silent auction, a Zookeeper talk, locally-sourced libations, and more, all to help the animals who call Austin Zoo their forever home.

We have several different sponsorship levels available, or you can purchase individual tickets.

Click here below to learn more about Austin Zoo Revue 2022 and to submit your sponsorship.

Watch for additional information in the next two months!


Name Our Train Contest

Help Us Name Our Train

We have exciting news to share with you! Our train is under new management and we thought it would be fun to have you, our friends, help us name our train. (We cannot use the original name.)

The name for our train will be chosen from the names YOU submit by a panel of Austin Zoo staff members. 

The winner of our train naming contest will receive a one-year pass, for one person, to ride our train.

Should multiple entries with the same name be submitted, the first entry according to our date/time stamp will be declared the winner.

Click Here to find out all about our train naming contest and how to submit a name.


Come Work With Us!

Austin Zoo Is looking to hire some amazing people, just like you! To view our available positions you can check on our website here or visit us on and apply through indeed!


Austin Zoo Granite Paver Campaign

Please help us continue our mission of assisting animals in need through rescue, conservation and education while leaving your legacy at Austin Zoo.
Your personalized paver will be prominently displayed along the pathway that leads to our Gift Shop.
Your contribution to our granite paver campaign will be used to support habitat renovations and expansions for some of our rescued animals!


Each line will hold 15 characters, including letters, spaces and punctuation.
16 inches x 16 inches with 3 lines of engraving available for $1000
8 inches x 8 inches with 2 lines of engraving available for $500
4 inches x 8 inches with 1 line of engraving available for $100

For more information and to contribute to our Granite Paver Campaign, please click HERE.


Austin Zoo Summer Camps

Summer Camp sign-ups are now open! To find out more Click Here! If you are ready to sign up, you can find the form here!


Train rides are Monday through Thursday on the hour and half hour from 11 am to 3 pm and Friday through Sunday on the hour and half hour from 11 am to 5 pm.

Tickets are $5 plus tax at the Train Depot.


Covid-19 Update

Following CDC and Austin Travis County Health Authority guidance, Austin Zoo has updated its mask recommendation and general visitor information.

Austin-Travis County removes Covid restrictions.

Austin and Travis County announced March 23 that all local COVID-19 orders have been lifted.



Our animals are most active during the morning hours, plan to come early.

DAILY ZOOKEEPER TALKS

Schedule

Monday

  • 10:30 AM – Red Fox Wiley/ Coatimundi
  • 11:30 AM – Llamas/Alpacas
  • 2:30 PM – Birds
  • 3:30 – Gator

Tuesday

  • 10:30 AM – Tortoises
  • 11:30 AM – Russian Red Foxes
  • 2:30 PM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 3:30 PM – Lions

Wednesday

  • 10:30 AM – Primate Palace
  • 11:30 AM – Bears
  • 2:30 PM – Birds
  • 3:30 – Gator

Thursday

  • 10:30 AM – Tortoises
  • 11:30 AM – Petting Corral
  • 2:30 PM – Prairie Dogs
  • 3:30 PM – Discovery Center

Friday

  • 10:30 AM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 11:30 AM – Bobcat
  • 2:30 PM – Binturong
  • 3:30 PM – Gator

Saturday

  • 10:30 AM – Primates (Patas/Colubus)
  • 11:30 AM – Tiger
  • 2:30 PM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 3:30 PM – Discovery Center

Sunday

  • 10:30 AM – Primate Palace
  • 11:30 AM – Zebra/Ostrich
  • 2:30 PM – AC Porcupines
  • 3:30 PM – Cougar


 

Capybara Encounter

Enter the world of our Capybara during your very own Capybara Encounter. 

These good tempered and gregarious animals will delight you during your time with them. An Animal Care staff member will be with you during your entire encounter.

We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.

  • Capybara Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm, with only one encounter booked per day. 
  • Please call 512.695.3021 to check date and staff availability, with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Payment must be made to secure your spot. 
  • The cost of your encounter is $40 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals from the same household.
  • Guests must be10 years of age or older.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear. Gloves are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Gift Shop at least 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter at noon to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Animal Care staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • You will enjoy 35 minutes with our Capybara.
  • Please do not be late! You will want to spend as much time as possible with Diego, Enrique, and Olivia! Arrivals later than 10 minutes after the scheduled encounter time of 12:00pm will result in cancellation of your encounter and no refunds will be given.
  • We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover.

Cancellation or rescheduling of an encounter must be done at least 5 days prior to the scheduled encounter. Refunds will be provided only if the encounter must be canceled due to inclement weather as determined by Austin Zoo management.

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.

 

Galapagos Tortoise Encounter

Are you ready to have an up close and personal encounter with our Galapagos Tortoises? These gentle giants love eating lettuce right from your hand, supervised by one of our Animal Care staff members.

We have enhanced safety measures in place for each encounter, please carefully review our encounter guidelines.

  • Tortoise Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am, with only one encounter booked per day.
  • Please call 512.695.3021 to check date and staff availability, with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Payment must be made to secure your spot. 
  • The cost of your encounter is $25 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals from the same household.
  • Guests must be 5 years of age or older. Children under 10 years of age must be supervised by an adult.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear. Gloves are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Gift Shop at least 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter at 11:00am to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Animal Care staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • Our encounters are 25 minutes long.
  • Please do not be late!  You will want to spend as much time as possible with Muffet, Gertie and Wheezy! Arrivals later than 10 minutes after the scheduled encounter time of 11:00am will result in cancellation of your encounter and no refunds will be given.

    Cancellation or rescheduling of an encounter must be done at least 5 days prior to the scheduled encounter. Refunds will be provided only if the encounter must be canceled due to inclement weather as determined by Austin Zoo management.

This activity has been authorized by our Board Certified Zoological Medicine Veterinarian.


Purchase An Austin Zoo Membership!

Your membership will go into effect the day you visit the Zoo to pick up your membership packet after we reopen. Click HERE to purchase your membership today!

 

How You Can Help Austin Zoo Animals

1. Donate today by clicking on the donate button you see below.

2. Purchase a yearly membership by clicking HERE. Your membership will expire one year from the date of purchase. 

3. Mail us a check to: Austin Zoo PO Box 91808, Austin, TX 78709.

Join Us for A Virtual Education Program!

Let us virtually bring the zoo to you! We are excited to offer virtual programs via Zoom! To schedule a virtual program or to get more information, please email our Education Manager at EDUCATION@AUSTINZOO.ORG.

 

Our mission is to assist

animals in need through rescue,

conservation and education. 


Austin Zoo is proud to be a Zoological Association of America Accredited Facility.