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Ellen Trout Zoo, Lufkin

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Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo (F.O.E.T.Z.) is an organization that assists the Zoo in a supportive capacity. F.O.E.T.Z. focuses on funding for major expansion and renovation projects in the Zoo's master plan. Giraffes, Rhinoceroses, and Hippopotamuses are now featured at the Zoo in exhibits funded by F.O.E.T.Z. Projects like the new Education Building and future projects such as a Primate Island, a Lake Nature Trail, and improvements to the Small Animal Building among others are goals of the organization.

Membership is a good value for people interested in animal conservation as well as helping to support funding for projects. Community events such as Zoo Boo add to the good will of the zoo. Fundraisers help F.O.E.T.Z. achieve the big goals. The Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo invite you to be part of something big in East Texas.
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  • We went for the day with a 3 and 5 year old. Zoo was small enough for them to enjoy and see animals close up without being overwhelmed. But also had a wonderful variety of animals for them to see. It ...  more »
  • It's a great zoo to go to if you just want to spend a day with the family! This time of year if perfect to go because a lot of the animals are out (since it's not too hot!) and it's a good temperature...  more »
  • For a small zoo, this place is great. It's very clean, well laid out, nice facilities and animal pens. Loved the info that was posted about the animals. If you go, there is a city park right beside it...  more »
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  • This was a small piece paradise! Excellent zoo! My family loved it. We travelled from North Arkansas to see this zoo and it did not disappoint. The prices were very reasonable on entrance fees, snacks and souvenirs. We will definitely be back! Loved the peacocks they were everywhere and made the zoo a delight!
  • Great place to go with the kids. It is not so big that you are there all day but has enough exhibits to keeps everyone entertained for a few hours. They really need to revamp the gift shop since it has nothing really work buying.
  • We always enjoy going to the Ellen Trout Zoo. It's a wonderful place to bring the family or just come by for a stress reliever. It's not just a zoo but much more. There's a lake that you can fish. A train for anyone to ride that takes you around the zoo, across the lake, into a beautiful wooded scenery. It's a very fun ride for the kiddos. You can have a picnic on the lawn or have a birthday party using the large pavilions with picnic tables. Coming into or leaving out the drive of the zoo are play areas for the children to swing, climb, slide and much much more. And all off this is before you even get into the zoo!! A family membership is only $40 (for family of 5) which practically pays for itself the first visit and then u can bring the kids anytime to see the animals and there's no fee! Also you get discounts and free entrance at other zoo's in Tx. So awesome!! There are so many animals for the children to see at the zoo they will have a wonderful time. There are so many beautiful paths to walk along as you see the animals and benches if you need a break. There is a concession stand to get a snack and a gift shop to get a souvenir. I highly recommend coming to the Ellen Trout Zoo. If you live here in Lufkin and haven't been for a long time you'll surely be amazed as much as any out of town visitor. And throughout the year many events are held here at the zoo like the big fireworks display I was attending this trip.
  • Was a great zoo. Lots of animals to see. Very reasonable priced. Its a little small but well maintained. Friendly staff.
  • Great little zoo. We have been taking the grandkids since 2003, and they all still love it. I would recommend this zoo if you are in the area.

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