Austin Zoo

Austin Zoo
Zoo entrance
Date opened 1990 (as Good Day Ranch)
Location near Austin, Texas, United States
Coordinates 30°15′25″N 97°56′09″W / 30.256876°N 97.935761°W / 30.256876; -97.935761Coordinates: 30°15′25″N 97°56′09″W / 30.256876°N 97.935761°W / 30.256876; -97.935761
Land area 16 acres (6.5 ha)[1]
No. of animals 300[2]
No. of species 100[2]
Annual visitors 232,000[3]

Austin Zoo is a non-profit rescue zoo and located in southwestern unincorporated Travis County, Texas, United States, west of Austin.

The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation, and education. Austin Zoo currently has over 300 animals from over 100 different species,[2] including African Lions, Bengal tigers, cougars, three species of monkeys, black bears, ring-tailed lemurs, and porcupines.[4] In 2009, the zoo became home to four wolf hybrids which had been abandoned during Hurricane Ike in 2008.[5]

In 2017, the zoo was home to over 300 animals from over 100 different species and received 232,000 visitors.[3]


Austin Zoo started out as a goat ranch. In 1990, it became the Good Day Ranch, housing animals in need. At that time, the animals were mostly domesticated and local animals including goats, pigs, fallow deer, donkeys, and ponies, with just a few exotic animals. Gradually, the number of exotic animals increased, and in 1994, the name was changed to Austin Zoo. In 2000, the zoo became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.[6] Today, the rescue zoo is home to mostly exotic animals that were rescued from or unwanted by their owners, animals from other zoos and sanctuaries, and animals who were awarded protection through the judicial system. All of these animals have a forever home with Austin Zoo.

Land Usage

Austin Zoo owns 45 acres of land. Currently, 16 acres have been developed and house the Zoo's animal collection. The additional 29 acres will be used to allow expansion of the zoo as needs change.


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  4. "Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary". Real Austin Texas. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  5. Lawrence, Scott (8 January 2009). "Hybrid wolves rescued in Orange County, taken to Austin Zoo". Freedom Communications. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  6. Duttweiler, Darcie (22 August 2008). "Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 29 January 2011.

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