More than 500 animals inhabit the grounds at Capital of Texas Zoo, a haven for wildlife education and a breeding ground for more than 14 endangered species. The zoo's residents include zebras, ringtail lemurs, and a rare white tiger, not to be confused with a ghost tiger. Other appearances from the animal kingdom include peacocks, kangaroos, turtles, lions, and brand-new dingo babies.
Educational animal shows highlight a specific member of the zoo, such as the Wings show, which stars eurasian eagle owl Hedwig, who has made appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and in the movie Furry Vengeance. The zoo also takes to the road with traveling animal shows that involve a cast of six exotic reptiles, mammals, and birds, which makes appearances at birthday parties, schools, or events. With lessons catered to the age of the audience, the animals teach children to respect other living things and remind adults why they can’t keep falcons as pets.
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.
In the Austin Nature & Science Center's Naturalist Workshop, kids can examine specimens through a microscope and swap rocks and shells for other cool finds at the Trade Counter. In the Dino Pit, meanwhile, adventurers can walk through the bronze-cast rib cage of a mammoth in order to examine fossils found in Austin.
More than 500 exotic animals prowl, scamper, and crawl through their expansively recreated habitats at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo. In a new exhibit titled Otterly Awesome, guests can interact with and pet two baby otters, Penny and Penelope. The Asian small-clawed otter pups were recently featured on a KENS 5 news segment.
There's plenty else to see there, as well. Guests quake with curiosity as they watch the alligator and crocodile ponds. Patrons can interact with cuddlier critters at the petting zoo, where dozens of fluffy goats, alpacas, and llamas gather to tie-dye their coats. Elsewhere, cackles of hyenas reverberate throughout the grounds, spurring a pack of wolves to emit a more introspective sound by baying at the moon. Wizened tortoises bask in a field of lettuce and racing trophies as a duo of ring-tailed lemurs relax in their environment. They also offer 12 shows per day during the off season and 14 shows during the regular season. During Ghosts of the Jungle, two rare white lions tumble and play. They're not albinos, but uniquely pigmented animals first seen in the Timbavati region in 1938, and they have beautifully colored eyes that flit intelligently around their space.
You'll be amazed at seeing any of the animals up close when you spend time at Crowes Nest Farm in Manor.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this zoo boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
Bring the whole clan to this zoo — kids and parents will love the ambience here.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Calling attention to all animal lovers! San Antonio Zoo in San Antonio is your one-stop destination to see a wide variety of animals from all over the world.
Be sure to visit the restaurant at this zoo for a delicious meal.
Got kids? No problem at San Antonio Zoo! This zoo is a fantastic spot for families to hang together.
San Antonio Zoo is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.