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Austin Zoo, Austin

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  • The Austin Zoo is fun... well worth seeing if you are in Austin... but the selection is small, the zoo is small, ... intended more for rescue animals than for serious zoo fans. It satisfies what it is...  more »
  • This is not San Diego zoo, this is not some tiny "only local animals" backyard zoo either. Coming with low expectations I was only pleasantly surprised. Most of the animals are supposedly rescue but y...  more »
  • Spent two hours here. Nothing spectacular but the animals there were easy to view and very active. A bit of a drive from Downtown Austin but beautiful scenery on the way there. Would go back if travel...  more »
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  • For young kids and people with a heart for rescuing animals, this is an ideal zoo. It's a bit small, but well designed, with ample shade for people and animals--a must in this climate. Zoo staff are friendly and give scheduled talks--we caught the monkey one and it was great. The train is fun, and you see animals from it that you would otherwise miss. My kids like the lizard house, feeding the goats, the talking birds, lions, tigers and bears. My toddler son and I went one day in the winter, and the wolfdogs were howling, which was memorable and cool. There's a food truck that sells snow cones, hot dogs and other snacks, and there are vending machines. I think I saw a selection of strollers that you could borrow. Speaking of strollers, you'd want to use one with more rugged tires, large wheels, etc. The trails throughout aren't paved, and are frequently rocky or uneven. There are some cute photo ops. Overall it's a nice place, and I'm sure the kids and I will be back. I like that vendors aren't all over the place, and it's a rescue zoo. They have bios up for just about every animal, and have made efforts throughout to educate the public about the realities of caring for exotic animals. For older kids or adults looking for a bigger zoo, more variety of animals and environments, check out the Camden Park Zoo in Waco, or the San Antonio or Houston Zoo.
  • Loved the zoo. I stopped going to zoos years ago because I didn't like the sad animals I cages. I often thought up the worse stories of how they got there. This zoo is an animal sanctuary and the animals have all been rescued from circuses or forfeited as pets. These animals cannot be released back into the wild and that makes me feel so much better about visiting a zoo. The caregivers are so nice and knowledgeable and make it a really fun experience. You can tell they really care about the animals and aren't just doing it for a paycheck. During my visit, it was goat bathing time. It was hilarious to see the staff trying to catch the goats for bath time.
  • Very nice rescue zoo run by very caring individuals. Lots of shade along the walking paths and the animals seemed well cared for. There's not an expansive variety of animals as all the animals were rescues mostly from private individuals. Still they have enough to enjoy a few hours. Go out and support this worthwhile zoo.
  • This is a zoo with rescued animals and the keepers clearly love these animals. I love this place and enjoy getting to feed the sheep, goats, deer, and llamas. And if you want to know the story of an animal further than what it on their placards, just ask someone. If they don't know, they know who to ask to tell you all about that particular animal.
  • It was hot today so most of the animals were hiding or in the shade. The small children enjoyed the animals they could touch and feed. Small zoo, more like a sanctuary, it needs more help with donations. Would love to see the city have a larger zoo with more amenities for the animals' forever homes.

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