We were visiting my mom in the Lufkin area and wanted to take the kids to the zoo. We recognized the fact they were expanding but that did not slow us down at all. It was a chilly day so the animals were active and made the trip so worth while. The paths were nicely trimmed with lots of growth, we loved looking at the designs on the sidewalks and the place was so clean. Before we went to the zoo, we watched the videos on-line and liked seeing some of the babies had grown up. We really enjoyed the Ellen Trout Zoo and would highly recommend it to others.