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10808 Rawhide Trail Austin, TX 78736
10808 Rawhide TrailUSTexasAustin78736
ZooToday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am – 5:30 pmTuesday 9:30 am – 5:30 pmWednesday 9:30 am – 5:30 pmThursday 9:30 am – 5:30 pmFriday 9:30 am – 5:30 pmSaturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pmSunday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
The mission of Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. We currently have over 350 animals from over 100 different species at the Zoo.
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Rescued big cats, monkeys, bears, reptiles, birds, deer & more at cozy sanctuary with a train tour.- Google
"I understand that it is a wild life rescue more than it is a zoo."
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"The biggest thrill was the lion and tigers."
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Kirsten Ratton
a month ago
I am a part time nanny and I take the kids I take care of here once a month. They can never get enough! They try to do lots of educational things there. Which is great for a wild 5 year old boy. I am wanting to work at a zoo myself one day and I believe everyone who works here really and truly loves each animal. The only suggestion I have for this place is to always have a concession stand open. If you have young kids or watch young kids like myself this is a really great place to visit.
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Max Panochkin
5 months ago
It was not pleasant at all. We saw just a couple animals in the zoo and all of them were kept in small not maintaned cages. It was hard to see poor animals in such conditions. And the zoo is not mantained at all. If you want to see a real zoo, go to the Waco zoo.
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Annie-Lee Taylor
10 months ago
Having been born and raised in Austin, I have been to the zoo a number of times. But I had never really BEEN TO THE ZOO until my last visit with coworkers for a team day. It was an incredible experience! When I was younger I would go around and be amazed at the animals due to their sheer size. When I was a teen I thought the entire zoo was kind of small and pathetic compared to other zoos I had visited. But when I went this last time as an adult, we had a private guided tour with a woman who is seriously the Zoo Whisperer. She knew each of the animals personally, told us the stories about all of them and because she has such a relationship with them, they all ended up coming up right within arms length. Reading the information by the habitats is a lot different than hearing someone passionate about these rescues speak about it. If you can afford the private tour, it is absolutely worth it. That experience definitely changed my opinion of this zoo and I am glad that we have something as incredible as that in Austin.
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Angel Fultz
11 months ago
To begin, I love animals and love zoos. I mean, I feel bad that the animals are in captivity and all, but, as a person that lived in Africa, I'm also quite happy they're not just roaming around in the open. So, with this said, I never visit a city without trying to squeeze in a trip to the zoo. To begin, the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary isn't your traditional zoo. If you're looking for exotic fancy animals in concrete enclosures with electric fences, go to a big city. You ain't gonna find that here. This zoo is mostly a sanctuary for local animals that have had a rough life. With that being said, you can find exotic animals here too, just not a lot of them. All of the animals found here whether domestic or exotic were owned by someone in the states and they were either abused, mistreated, or simply a bad idea for a pet. Oh, and there are a few 4H animals that were donated once the owner went off to college. I personally loved the enclosures as I am sooooo tired of seeing animals hanging out on a concrete slab. Plus, the enclosures don't have a giant moat between the fence and the animal habitat. You can get real close and personal with the animals (provided that they feel like spending time with you). This was one of the most enjoyable experiences at a zoo that I have ever had.
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Jessica Gloria
8 months ago
The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful place. They are a private non-profit zoo that rescues and rehabilitates animals. It's a small zoo, takes about 2 hours to go through the whole thing. They have a fun petting zoo for kids and you can buy food to feed the animals. You can also bring your own food and drinks . It's a great place for kids and adults!
D Mitchell
3 months ago
The wildlife sanctuary is a great place to visit! It's a small, but inexpensive, zoo with every animal a rescue from the Austin area. There are restaurants and national parks nearby to add to a day trip.
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Melissa Tyree
9 months ago
The Austin Zoo is a great place to take younger children. You can walk the entire zoo in under 2 hours. The trails are mainly unpaved and there are some slight hills, so wear comfortable walking shoes. Don't miss the train ride for $2.50 a person and the bags for feed for $2. The best time to come is in the mornings when the animals are the most active. This morning we enjoyed watching the three new bear cubs play. This is a great place to learn about animal rescue. Once we brought in donations of toys for the animals and saw them immediately put to use!
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Ashley Carter
7 months ago
A very nice little zoo/sanctuary. :-) The best part is that you get to see the animals a lot closer than you can at other places. The bear cubs were really cool to see.