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Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary
10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736
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     Learn, Play, and
Make Memories
   that Last a Lifetime

Our Mission

The mission of Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. At our rescue and sanctuary zoo, children and adults alike can appreciate our Hill Country setting and enjoy a close-up experience with our rescued animals. Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is a private, non-profit zoo, with over 350 animals across a hundred different species. Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary is a forever home for our rescued animals. Come visit us!

Meet the Black Bears

We realize not all of our friends can travel to the Zoo to meet our three North American Black Bear cubs whom we rescued in February of this year. For everyone who has or has wanted to see the cubs, this video will give you a glimpse into their world since joining our Zoo family. Korben, Tilly and Ruby. Enjoy!

Austin Zoo Burglary, The Rest of the Story

We have great news to share with you! The burglary and loss we experienced on July 3rd devastated all of us. But as a result of hard work and perseverance on the part of the City of Austin Police Department and the Travis County Sheriff’s Department, an individual has been arrested in connection with the theft and is currently incarcerated. The outpouring of generosity was remarkable. The reward of $5,000 (one individual contributing $4,000 and another $1,000) for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible, was, at the request of the donors, deposited into our general fund. Thank you for your concern and caring.

Looking for the Perfect Gift?

This holiday season, when you are thinking about what to get your loved ones or friends, remember that Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary offers gift certificates for regular admission and for memberships that can be purchased over the phone at (512) 288-1490 or in person in our Gift Shop during our regular winter business hours from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Pick up the perfect present for that special someone from Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary today!


Holiday Food Recycling with Austin Zoo

Check out this blog post talking about Austin Zoo and its food recycling program for the holiday season on Click here to read more!


Austin Zoo Patch

Planning a visit to the zoo? Why not earn a patch while learning all about the unique mission of the Austin Zoo and the amazing animals that live here? In about an hour, complete fun and educational activities during your visit, then pick up a patch in the gift shop for $4. The patch activities were created by Phoebe Anderson for her Girl Scout Silver Award. She's a member of troop 2416 through the Central Texas Council. Way to go, Phoebe! Click here to download the patch packet. (Regular Zoo admission rates apply to participants.)


Fun Fall Workshops

Looking for something fun and educational to do this fall? Come join us at the zoo! Click here to find out more!



What's Up With Austin Zoo?

Donate Blankets!

Winter is nearly here in Texas and our Zookeepers need more blankets for the animals. Bring donated blankets, sheets, and towels to the Austin Zoo Gift Shop between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm daily and help our animals have a comfy winter!

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Instead of booking your birthday party on a Saturday or Sunday, why not book it on a weekday when venue rentals are half off weekend rates?  See the Birthday Parties page or call (512) 288-1490 for more details.

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Free Parking! Ride the Train!

Parking at the Austin Zoo is always free. When you come out, for only $2.50 give our train the Rawhide Rocket a ride. Children under two ride the train for free.

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Feeding Our Animals

Petting ZooMeet the animals of our feeding corral. For only $2 you can buy feed at the gift shop for our deer, sheep, goats, and llamas.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate the birthday of someone special at Austin Zoo. Read More


Sponsor an Animal

Provide long-term support directly to the animal of your choice. Read More

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