Mikhail and Nikolai are the newest additions to the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary.
They were purchased by an individual from a Russian website that breeds foxes as pets.
Upon their arrival to the US from Russia, they were confiscated by customs, as it is not legal
to own Red Foxes in Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife contacted us for help to provide these
foxes a new home. Mik and Nik are very fluffy, young male foxes. They love to wrestle and
play in their indoor enclosure while we prepare their outdoor enclosure.
Say “hello” to our newest primate resident, Jeckle, the golden-handed tamarin! Jeckle is the first tamarin to live at the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. Jeckle was found at a construction site in the Austin area by an electrician. He was so hungry that he came right up to the electrician and started eating his lunch! It was obvious to the man that Jeckle was lost and in need of care. The electrician brought Jeckle to his daughter who cares for wildlife and she contacted us for help. Jeckle has a new home at the Austin Zoo and has adjusted very well. He quickly became best friends with our common marmoset, Heckle, who had been living alone as we had no other similar primates to house him with. Heckle and Jeckle now share the marmoset enclosure and are having fun. Both marmosets and tamarins usually live in groups, so companionship is important to their well-being. They spend all day playing games, hopping from branch to branch and taking naps.
Meet Jason, our 1 1/2-year old Red Kangaroo. Jason joined Austin Zoo this summer after being surrendered by his owner in San Angelo, Texas. The Red Kangaroo is native to Australia and is the largest of all kangaroos. While Jason may only be 3 feet tall today, he could eventually grow as tall as 7 feet when fully mature! Watch Jason grow with us.
We are happy to announce our inaugural Safari Brunch fundraiser was a huge success! We have met our goal and will be able to purchase a PA system for Austin Zoo! As our animals are housed across fourteen acres, it can be hard to efficiently locate or relay information to guests as needed. Our new PA system will make communicating across the entire zoo possible. Stay tuned to our website for information on upcoming fundraisers and other zoo events.