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Caldwell Zoo, Tyler

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Caldwell Zoo houses more than 3,400 animals in six distinct habitats. At this 34 ha (85 acre) site, roam around an African savanna filled with lions, zebras, elephants, and giraffes. See native animals of the Americas, such as bison, eagles, and bears from North America, and macaws, giant anteaters, and large rodents from South America. Look for the aquarium that hosts an array of fish, tortoises, and penguins from Africa, and check out the herpetarium--home to snakes, lizards, frogs, and giant tarantulas. Listen to the local parakeets, and feed the free-flying cockatiels a handful of snacks. Put Caldwell Zoo at the forefront of your travel plans using our Tyler road trip app .
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  • Amazing zoo especially for a smaller city. My family loved getting to hand feed giraffes. It is a very well done zoo and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend it if you’re in tyler.  more »
  • Never would have thought a zoo this nice was in this town. We have came here numerous times. It is a nice zoo, clean, lots of animals and great to have lunch and watch the giraffes.  more »
  • I wasn’t expecting such a great zoo to be in Tyler. I would highly recommend any families visiting the area to check it out.  more »
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  • Great zoo! It's small but with lots to see without getting little kids too tired or overstimulated. The new updates in the cafe were long overdue but make for much better experience! Prices are reasonable for the cafe and food quality was surprisingly good. The cafe overlooks the giraffe and elephant area which my kids thought was so neat to get to eat and watch the animals. You can feed the giraffes during certain times of the day for $5 but you only get three large leaves. So just a heads up. There's lots of places to just sit and watch/rest. There are also plenty of bathrooms and family bathrooms which was really appreciated. There's a small park (?)/sandpit play area after the petting zoo. We love this place!
  • I wasn’t expecting very much from the zoo...but man did they deliver! It was a great experience! We had a large group and it was great for all of us! The kids loved feeding the giraffes. The place was clean and the animals looked healthy! I highly recommend it!
  • We LOVE this zoo. The animals exhibits are well kept and the grounds are gorgeous. The only reason I am giving it a 4 out of 5 is because of the front office staff. My family and I visited on a cooler day, however the zoo was still open for regular business hours, as we were sure to check prior to arriving. When we approached the entrance, we were immediately told that most if not all of the animals had been put away because of the cold weather and that we would more than likely not see anything. I stated we would walk around for a bit as I have a 3 year old whom would have been devastated if we didn't take our chances. We heard several heavy sighs and even got an eye roll from one employee, but we went on our way. Much to our surprise, we saw every animal out in their exhibit except the elephants. We passed another family who stated the employees had told them the same thing an hour before, but that they too had had a great visit and were able to see all the animals up close. I do not know whether it was misinformed employees or if they were hoping to wrap up early for the day, but I was very disappointed in the lack of professionalism displayed by the office staff.
  • The gar tank is amazing!!! Also loved seeing the catfish/koi pond and all of the different species of birds. Especially the bald eagle. Truly amazing. Will definitely go back anytime I'm in the area. Oh and the plant life is so breathtaking and plentiful. Definitely a beautiful zoo.
  • Great variety of animals. It's not free like 20 years ago when I'd take my sons, but they've maintained it well. There were unique hyacinth macaws, a pair of white rhinos, and an anteater like you've never seen before!

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