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Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville

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Frank Buck Zoo is a small zoo originally founded in 1930 and located in the 30acre Leonard Park in Gainesville, Texas, USA. The zoo started as the Gainesville Community Circus in 1930 and is currently home to more than 130 animals.HistoryThe zoo was founded by A. Morton Smith as Gainesville Community Circus, and opened in 1930 at the Cooke County Fair, Fair Park, in Gainesville. A fire at the zoo in 1954 destroyed circus equipment and from 1954 the animals were kept permanently in enclosures. In 1954 the zoo was renamed after the film actor and director (and Gainesville native) Frank Buck, who collected wild animals from all over the world, and who also worked as a ring master at the zoo.The zoo was moved to its current location in Leonard Park in 1962.The Frank Buck Exhibit opened at the zoo in March 2008 showing items donated by Buck's daughter, Barbara Buck, that once belonged to her father including camp tools and media memorabilia.FacilitiesThe handicap and stroller accessible path around the zoo is about a mile long, with an elevated walkway over the kangaroos, giraffes and zebras. Visitors see the giraffes at eye level and can feed them during the public feeding every day.
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  • My family and I stopped by here on our way to Oklahoma, and who knew this would be such a cool place. So many different animals to look at and feeding the giraffes my kids loved!! They also have a HUG...  more »
  • I took my grandchildren ages 6 through 11 this last week to the zoo. It was small enough to get the feel of a zoo, but the children were unhappy that there were no large cats (lions, tigers, leopards)...  more »
  • Small zoo, but it's nice. Well kept. They could use a few more animals, especially in the Savannah exhibit. Many areas are in some nice shade when it's warm out. Kids will love feeding the goats.  more »
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  • Awesome place for a day trip with the kids. 5 year old loves this place, fun train ride around the zoo. They also have a nice little water park and gift shop. You can feed some animals, goats, giraffe. The animals looked good and healthy and the whole place was well maintained. We go every summer and would recommend to friends and family looking a place to take the kids for a fun day.
  • Kids and I had a great time. We walked around looking at beautiful animals. When we reached the Ibex, there was a great seating/ observation area. We had a snack as we enjoyed the view.
  • This has been my their trip from Roby, Tx to see this zoo. My husband and I love it! The landscape is wonderful and the staff are informative and friendly! Animals are well kept and healthy!
  • Awesome place for day long outing. Train ride was great for kids and us! All animals are in good shape and conditions and the price you pay for all the fun does not hurt your placket.
  • May be small but with a train ride and a large play ground, kids love coming here time and time again