Austin Zoo

The Austin Zoo is unique in the fact that it is a not-for-profit rescue sanctuary, with a focus on rescue and rehabilitation. The sanctuary prides itself on providing animal education, opening its doors to over 175,000 visitors last year alone. A relatively new phenomenon, the zoo started modestly enough as a goat ranch. It expanded to include a wide variety of farm animals in the 1990s. As of the early 2000s, the Austin Zoo has gradually expanded its number of exotic and foreign animals, and now houses over 300 different species on 20 acres.

These days, the zoo is the primarily the home of rescued and abandoned exotic animals, like lions, tigers, monkeys, and lemurs. The Austin Zoo provides care and rehabilitation for them for the duration of their lifetimes.


Austin Zoo Coupons

Austin Zoo coupons can help you get the most out of your trip while spending the least amount of money.

A popular Austin Zoo discount is the Birthday Party Ticket, which costs a mere $6.00 per person. There are also discounted group rates for parties of 15 or more. For field trips, Austin Zoo discounts admission to $5.00 per person, but parties must be comprised of 10 school children or more.

There is a special Austin Zoo discount for military members. Admission for military is $8.00 with a valid ID.

Membership at the Austin Zoo is $100 per family of four. Individual memberships cost $50.00 per person. Additional members may be added on to each package for an extra $30.00. Benefits of membership include unlimited, free admission for a calendar year, in addition to a 10% discount in the Austin Zoo gift shop.


Hotels Near the Austin Zoo:

Austin zoo hotels include the Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Hampton Inn & Suites in Austin, and the Holiday Inn Express Austin. Ask about special Austin zoo packages when you call to reserve your room, or book online through popular travel websites, like

Zoo Hours

Austin Zoo Hours:

From February 1 through October 31:
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

From November 1 through January 31:
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM

The Austin Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Zoo Info

Prices for Admission:

Adults 13-59: $9.00
Children 2-12: $6.00
Children 2 and under: Free
Seniors 60 and older: $8.00


Phone Number: (512) 288-1490

Directions: The Austin Zoo is located off of Highway 290 West. From HWY 290 W, turn right onto Circle Drive. Continue for a mile and a half, and then turn right onto Rawhide Trail. Follow the signs to the entrance of the zoo.


Austin Zoo Jobs:

There are no current listed openings for Austin Zoo jobs. However, the Austin Zoo does accept volunteers through an application form directly on their website. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

The Austin Zoo is in Travis Country and near Austin, Texas. Austin, the capital city of Texas, is a cultural hub with a thriving downtown arts and music scene. Perhaps best known for its festivals and events, the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) takes place each year in early March, attracting tens of thousands of attendees to downtown Austin. Many shows and events associated with the festival can be attended for free. The famed Austin City Limits program also hosts its own music festival, held each year in Zilker Park. When visiting downtown Austin, be sure to incorporate a few museum visits into your stay. The Texas State History Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, and Latin American Art Museum are all relatively new and centrally located activities to add to your stay in Austin.