Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary, Austin, Texas

10808 Rawhide Tr, Austin, Texas

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Submitted by: Jamie R.

The heart's in the right place, since this operation gives help and sanctuary to wild animals.  But the ranch, turned wild animal Forever Home, would jar the sensibilities of any modern zookeeper.  There are no habitats.  There are wire cages where the saved animals pace or sit listlessly. On the Saturday that I visited, there were a cou...

Submitted by: Shannon S.

As long as you go into it knowing that it is #1 an animal sanctuary then you'll enjoy yourself.  The zoo is small and there is nothing fancy abo...

Submitted by: Heather B.

We were visiting Austin and looked up activities for us to do with our toddler.  This was a great zoo for kids her age, especially since she could super close to most of the animals (she wouldn't even have noticed some of these same animals at larger zoos, where we were further away). I'm betting that this zoo would not...

Submitted by: Katie A.

First of all, let me say that this zoo surprised me. I'm used to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago or the Detroit Zoo, both of which are huge landscaped "pretty" places. The Austin Zoo is interesting because the focus doesn't seem to be on impressing visitors with fancy displays - it is about rescuing animals. That was really cool (and sad - who would ever have a lion as a PET?!?). It's great that these poor animals get a second chance. They all seem to be in good shape. We went on a Sunday and it wasn't too crowded, and it was a very manageable size to walk around with a toddler. The train ride was hysterical. There are old (and kind of awesomely creepy) displays on the train path (a pirate ship, a random bathtub...

Submitted by: Casey E.

First of all a lot of respect for the facility and the people who work and volunteer there, good deeds and work is always appreciated. This is not a traditional zoo and may bore adults very quickly, but it is perfect for small children. It is shaded, has a train ...

Submitted by: Jeffrey L.

ok, so this is not the San Diego Zoo.  If you're looking to be wowed by infrastructure/exhibits, you'll be disappointed.  If on the other hand you are more interested in the animals and the intimacy of the environments, and you support their rescue mission, you should go.  My kids have a great time here, they love the train ride and free-roaming peac...

Submitted by: ryan c.

First, I've never been to the Austin zoo, but have heard a lot about it and driven by there.  Second, to those who are comparing it to the SA or San Diego zoos, please stop.  Austin is NOT SA or San Diego.  This is an animal sactuary, however, it does meet the definition of a zoo.  There is a "zoo" near where I am stationed in NC that isn't even close to a zoo, more of a large petting farm.  This place is a non-profit, which means that all of the money they take in is strictly for the zoo and the people working there.  And I noticed that most of the ones that are criticizing are those that are from out of state, or at least not local. Please take time to consider where the zoo is located, and what the missio...

Submitted by: Rachel M.

First of all I think it's great that this Zoo is a home for rescued animals. At each enclosure there is a description of the animal(s) and a little bit on how they got to there. It's a great reminder to all and lesson to young kids that these animals are meant to live in the wild, not in your backyard. While walking around I ran into several zoo keepers cleaning out cages and feeding animals. The keepers seemed to know all the residents by name and it was cool to see a little behind the scenes action. The zoo itself has nicely shaded pathways; however I would recommend wearing tennis shoes of some kind. I had sandals on and my feet were covered in dust by the end of our visit. They don't lie when they say yo...

Submitted by: Jason K.

This is a neat place, it's not over-bearing, overwhelming for kiddos, and price-wise it's not expensive. If you know nothing about it before heading all the way out there, you may be disappointed. But if you do research like most folks do these days, you should understand and explain to your children before you get there that this isn't ...

Submitted by: Brandon G.

Me and my wife take are kids almost everywhere a kid can go. So we drove from San Antonio to the Austin zoo. After getting lost (unlike San Antonio this Zoo is in the woods, lol) for an hour we finally find it. The place looks like someones backyar...

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