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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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  • Our family loves this Zoo. It may be smaller than most, but the animals look healthy and happy! We enjoy the small train across the street and park for picnics too! Wish the gift shop was bigger and o...  more »
  • We love this zoo! I especially like seeing different animals that I can't see at my local zoo such as the hippos & kamodo dragons. Bring cash & ride the train. I would highly recommend this zoo if you...  more »
  • Have taken the kids here now I can take the Grand kids. They have a pretty good selection of animals . They have a small train ride that the Kids LOVE..takes you around the zoo..  more »
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  • What a surprise the Ellen Trout Zoo was. It was the best "little zoo" we've been to. There was a forest or jungle feel to it with easy to walk paths that were clearly marked. Our grand-daughter wanted to see the hippos right away, because it all started 50 yrs with one hippo. We told her to wait she'll smell them soon enough. To our surprise there was "no smell" to any animal enclosures...not even the rhinos. There were peacocks roaming around that weren't bothered by people. Enjoyed our visit very much.😀
  • The zoo isn't huge but the grounds were clean and the layout was simple. Most of the animals were out and about but it was very Cold the morning we went so it is understandable that some of the animals were still indoors. The animals also seemed very alert. I assume because they were waiting for their chow. It was nice since they, the animals, were very interested when we walked up thinking we would feed them. I enjoyed the zoo.
  • Great zoo for a city of this size. I recommend taking the Z&OO railroad ride even if you don't have kids. It is a great experience for all ages.
  • Fantastic zoo in a small town. Inexpensive membership and truly caters to my special needs daughter. Must see.
  • We loved it! Priced very reasonably, very clean and well maintained, reminded me sooo much of a miniature version of the San Diego zoo! Just enough there to keep you busy for a few hours and make a nice little afternoon out of. The train ride around the place was precious and wear your walking shoes so you can hike out the little trail behind the lake - it's very pretty on that little path! Looking forward to doing it again!

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