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Address: 10807 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78709
Phone Number: 512 288 1490
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Zoo in Austin featuring many animals.

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perfect size for little ones

This zoo is the perfect size for little ones, it's not too big and easy to walk around. Lots of active animals and a great variety. our 4 kids ages 13-5 loved it and with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Ron S
Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This zoo is the perfect size for little ones, it's not too big and easy to walk around. Lots of active animals and a great variety. our 4 kids ages 13-5 loved it and with a groupon it was a great value!

Thank Ron S
Dripping Springs, Texas
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40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Don't expect a huge animal selection, but we love coming here and spending the mornings on a cool day walking around and checking out the animals. The train ride is fun, especially during Halloween. The kids love it here and it is a good price for a family.

Thank Liz C
Austin, Texas
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167 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would not classify the Austin Zoo as a zoo. It is more of a rescue habitat. The animals were rescued and seem sad and bored. While I applaud their saving these animals, I would not take visitors there. Maybe a school group, to teach about responsible animal ownership and care, but not visitors to Austin as if it's an... More 

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wasn't too sure about this place at first. Seemed kinda out in the middle of nothing! Not a large place, but once you get started, it's worth the time! Give it a shot!

Thank DoubleM2
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53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These folks are doing a good thing and the place is worth a visit. Wear good shoes. The paths are dirt and gravel and uneven in places. An umbrella stroller might be tough in places but a sturdier stroller should work. We felt like we had seen everything in about 3 hours and that included taking the train ride. The... More 

Thank amybean
Lemont, Illinois
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little zoo of rescued animals. Well maintained, even my zookeeper son-in-law thought it was worth a visit. It was chilly so we didn't do the train ride but I would think that would be a good addition if you went with kids.

Thank Lee R
Austin, Texas
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved visiting the Austin Zoo. I appreciated that the animals are mostly rescues and the staff seem to care a lot about their welfare. Seems like a great organization and it was a guilt-free experience. Fantastic place to take kids, but a nice afternoon trip for adults without kids, too.

Thank Jessica M
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44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Austin Zoo is an animal refuge - a place where people donate their animals once they can no longer care for them. There are many wild animals (tigers, cougar cubs - see photo, snakes, exotic birds, monkeys) as well as goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, geese, and many others. This non-profit organization is supported through donations and gifts. Many times,... More 

Thank Gina V
North Texas
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55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We bought a Groupon for the Austin Zoo, and never having heard of it before we didn't know exactly what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised! This is not you typical zoo- no "themed" areas with bars and glass and lots of exotic animals. It is primarily a rescue facility. The great thing about it is the animals all have... More 

Thank txdorsey
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This is a small, mostly rescue oriented, zoo in Southwest Austin. It is a fun place to take our grandkids and spent just a few (2-3) hours casually walking through. They also have a miniature railroad that is fun for the smaller kids. It's certainly worth doing, but don't expect to see a huge zoo.

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