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Ellen Trout Zoo, Lufkin

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a wonderful zoo with lots of exotic animals. It is located in a very accessible location and also very shady with lots of trees. I think you will be delightfully surprised when you visit this ...  read more »
  • I've been coming to the zoo all my life it is truly a jewel that Lufkin is blessed to have they have a great array of animals and the price is cheap to get in 
  • This zoo was a pleasant surprise for us. We enjoyed it immensely with our two small children- a 20 month old and a 2 month old. The zoo wasn't crowded, was completely shaded, and the animals were acti...  read more »
  • This zoo is unique because you're not always out in the hot sun like a lot of zoos. They are working the "rain forest" look by letting vegetation grow abundant. You will feel the heat, but you won't burn up like at big city zoos where there is no relief from the heat.
  • My first trip to the zoo I was pleasantly surprised by the amount/variety of animals! If you're wanting to sneak a peek at the Louisiana Pine Snake look no further! Would recommend a zoo membership if you're looking for a short, entertaining walk a couple of times a week/month or if you have children. Would be great to see the animals receive more enrichment toys!
  • I love that Lufkin has a zoo! I've been going since I was a kid and get to take my kids to experience the wonders that the zoo holds! Although, I wish they would update the zoo and have more interactive exhibits, or even a small water park, or stream that flows through the zoo.
  • Enjoyed our visit to Ellen Trout Zoo. Well laid out with plenty of shaded benches and a refreshment stand. Loved the little train ride.
  • Admission included in some other zoo memberships. First time, loved it. A hidden gem, small, close, personal. Good place to stretch your legs for an hour while on a trip.
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