Like supermodels, wild animals are notoriously standoffish, coaxed out of their dens only by chic animal prints or perfume-commercial contracts. See natural beauty up close with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $9 for admission for two adults (an $18 value)
- $15 for admission for two adults and two children (a $30 value)
- $49 for a one-year membership for a family of four (a $100 value), which includes unlimited admission and a 10% discount at the gift shop.
Stroll across unpaved trails of crushed granite gravel to visit big cats such as tigers, leopards, or african lions wearing bejeweled crowns. An optional 15-minute train ride whisks visitors on a tour past animals relaxing on real grass and landscaping. Take time to visit newcomers Jeckle, the golden-handed tamarin, and Mikhail and Nikolai, a duo of red foxes, or purchase some animal food ($2) at the petting zoo to hand-feed goats, sheep, deer, and thrifty zoo staff.
Austin Zoo originated as Good Day Ranch in 1990 featuring pony rides and goat-milking demonstrations. Over the next four years, the founders began rescuing exotic animals and evolving into a rescue center, renaming the facility under its current moniker. After becoming a safe haven for more than 300 rescued animals of more than 100 different species, the Austin Zoo began the process of becoming a nonprofit organization, which it completed in 2000. Housed in native Texas Hill Country enclosures, the animals can enjoy real grass and landscaping instead of concrete exhibits or studio apartments. African lions and Bengal tigers stretch out in the big cat habitats while colobus monkeys and a marmoset swing from tree to tree in monkey areas. In addition to wild creatures, the zoo houses domesticated animals such as a miniature donkey, potbellied pigs, and llamas.
You can get up REALLY close to three huge tigers, which is cool.Greg M., Yelp, 9/5/12
You can get real close and personal with the animals ... This was one of the most enjoyable experiences at a zoo that I have ever had.Angel F., Yelp, 9/19/12
“Great zoo! Donate some money. They are a sanctuary :) will return!”
“This isn't a large zoo, but I liked it all the better for it not being grandiose- it makes the experience with the animals more intimate instead of feeling like they...”
“This isn't a large zoo, but I liked it all the better for it not being grandiose- it makes the experience with the animals more intimate instead of feeling like they are on display far away from the visitors! Be ready for dirt paths that aren't level as well- we kind of struggled with our stroller, but over all had a wonderful time!!!”
“A pleasant, manageable (2-3-hour) zoo. Not as comprehensive as San Diego or Bronx, or even Waco or San Antonio, but it has a noble mission (rescue), a...”
“A pleasant, manageable (2-3-hour) zoo. Not as comprehensive as San Diego or Bronx, or even Waco or San Antonio, but it has a noble mission (rescue), a visitor-friendly lay-out, just-what-you-need-to-know signs on the enclosures, ample free parking, and a reasonable admission fee.”
10808 Rawhide Trl.
Austin, Texas 78736