Things to know before you visit

Things to know before you visit

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  • Austin Zoo is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization.


    We rely on private donations, gate admissions, grants and sponsorships to continue to care for the animals we have, and to be able to take in new animals that need a safe home. We do not receive any funding from the city or state.

  • The zoo trails are made of crushed granite gravel. It is best to wear closed-toed, comfortable walking shoes.
  • Austin Zoo does not have water fountains. You are welcome to bring your own beverages, as well as food. We also offer bottled Rainwater in our Gift Shop for purchase.
  • Rent a jogging stroller in the Gift Shop! Or, use one of our free strollers on the Education Building porch.
  • Parking is free of charge.
  • No live animals of any kind may be brought onto Zoo grounds or left in a vehicle in the parking lot.
  • Austin Zoo is a non-smoking facility. Please return to our parking lots if you need to smoke.
  • Animal feed for the goats, deer, llamas, alpacas, and sheep is available for sale in the Gift Shop.
  • Zoo admission may be paid by Mastercard, Visa, Discover or cash. Checks are accepted only if prior arrangements have been made with the Zoo office.
  • No Shirt! No Shoes! No Service!
  • If you are purchasing admission through a third party, please be sure to read all restrictions and fine print.
  • Thank you for considering a visit to our rescue zoo! If you have any further questions, please call us at 512-288-1490.
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