The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is located in Austin just West of the 71 and 290 "Y". Lions and Tigers and Bears... in Austin? That's right! Did you know that Austin TX has a Zoo?
Alyssa and I visited the Austin Zoo on Friday with about 50 of our friends from the Lakeway and Bee Cave Meetup.com group. The group is always looking for new and exciting things to do to introduce our kids to new things.
Before going, I was told it was a Rescue Zoo. I assumed that meant it was very small without too much variety.
However, including the Lions, Tigers, and Bears, they also had Cheetahs, Jaguars, Leopards, Monkeys, Wolves, and even a Wolf Hybrid. The talking birds were hilarious. It was a small Zoo compared to the Dallas Zoo or San Antonio Zoo, but for a local, rescue zoo, it was a perfect size and a nice way to spend a couple of hours.
I think Alyssa's favorites, besides the monkeys, were the big turtles and tortoises. There were even some little ones swimming in the reptile house.
The Austin Zoo survives on donations, so anything you can contribute helps keep them open.
Here are some more pictures... my camera had an issue with focusing on the chain-link fences rather then the animals, but you get the idea.
The location is 10807 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736 and can be reached at 512-288-1490.
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