Admission:
$7.00 for Adults (ages 13-59)
$6.00 for Seniors (ages 60+)
$4.50 for children (ages 3-12)
Children under 3 free!

Hours:
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Last admittance at 4 p.m.
Every Thurs. June–August, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Last admittance at 8 p.m.

Contact:
2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, TX
(325) 676-6085
abilene.zoo@abilenetx.com

Conservation/Species Survival Plans

Quarters for Conservation

Started in Fall 2015, all paying zoo guests contribute 25 cents of their admission fee toward a conservation program from a selection of three Texas-based programs: Ocelots in the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of the Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge,  or the Turtle Survival Alliance.

Each guest at the gate receives a metal washer that symbolizes this donation, and they can vote for one of these three animal projects by dropping the washer in a vortex wishing well at a conservation kiosk. At the end of the year, the money will be awarded to the programs based on the number of votes for each program.

 Species Survival Plans

The Abilene Zoo participates in and supports a variety of conservation programs.  One example is the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plans.  The mission of an AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) is to manage and conserve a select and typically threatened or endangered captive population of a certain species. AZA institutions currently manage more than 115 SSP Programs, each of which is responsible for developing a Master Plan that identifies population management goals and recommendations to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population.

The Abilene Zoo proudly participates in the SSP programs for the following species:

    • African lion
    • African pancake tortoise
    • Angolan colobus
    • Attwater’s prairie chicken
    • Black footed ferret
    • Black howler monkey
    • Black rhino
    • Black tree monitor
    • Blue duiker
    • Bobcat
    • Brazilian agouti
    • Burrowing owl
    • Bushmaster
    • Caiman lizard
    • Caribbean flamingo
    • Chacoan peccary
    • Coahuilan box turtle
    • Cotton-topped tamarin
    • Grey crowned crane
  • Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko
  • Jaguar
  • Jamaican boa
  • Keel billed toucans
  • Kenya crested Guineafowl
  • Kinkajou
  • Kori bustard
  • Maned wolf
  • Mexican lance-headed rattlesnake
  • Mountain lion
  • North America black bear
  • Ocelot
  • Panamanian golden frogs
  • Prehensile tailed porcupine
  • Red river hog
  • Red-rumped agouti
  • Reticulated/ Rothschild giraffe
  • Ringtail cat
  • River otter
  • Roadrunner
  • Scarlet ibis
  • Secretary bird
  • Silver beaked tanager
  • Six banded armadillo
  • Southern black rhino
  • Southern crested screamer
  • Spider monkey
  • Spur winged plover
  • Squirrel Monkey
  • Swift fox
  • Three banded armadillo
  • Tiger
  • Trumpeter hornbill
  • Venezuelan Troupial
  • Vulturine guinea fowl
  • Yellow-billed stork
  • Zebra

Conservation Funds

Through the Abilene Zoo Conservation Fund, financial support is provided to reputable organizations that perform a variety of conservation based activities, research and support.  These organizations include the following:

African People & Wildlife Fund

The African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) works to conserve Africa’s wildlife, protect their natural habitats, and to promote village development through innovative, multidisciplinary strategies that emphasize coexistence with the natural world.  ttp://www.afrpw.org/

Amphibian Ark

This group works to ensure the survival and diversity of amphibian species focusing on those that cannot currently be safe-guarded in their natural environments. The AArk is a joint effort of three principal partners: the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums(WAZA), the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG), and the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG). AArk is a partner in the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA). http://www.amphibianark.org/?lang=en

Avian Scientific Advisory Group

The mission of the Avian Scientific Advisory Group is to support Zoo and Aquarium avian programs, conservation of bird species and to serve as a resource on avicultural knowledge. http://aviansag.org/

Colobus Conservation

Dedicated to the conservation, preservation and protection of primates, in particular the Angolan colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) and its associated coastal forest habitat in Kenya. http://www.colobusconservation.org/

Crocodilian Advisory Group

Mission: To enhance and promote the preservation and understanding of the world’s crocodilians and their habitat through excellence in education, animal management and scientific endeavor. http://www.cag.crocodylia.com/

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

CBSG’s mission is to save threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide. They provide species conservation planning expertise to governments, Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations. http://www.cbsg.org/

Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ CEF

The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund provides critical financial support to conservation, research, and education priorities that are viewed as high-quality and priority projects by peers in amphibian conservation, animal health, animal welfare, conservation education, field conservation and/or reintroduction, management and/or breeding, and research. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums fund over 2500 conservation projects in more than 100 countries and spend $160 million on conservation initiatives annually. http://aza.org/cef/

Cougar Fund

The Cougar Fund protects the cougar (also known as a mountain lion, puma or panther) throughout the Americas by educating children and adults on the value of mountain lions, by funding and promoting the use of sound science, and by monitoring state policies to assure a lasting place for this graceful creature.  http://www.cougarfund.org/

Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge’s primary mission of providing habitat for native wildlife. With nearly 100,000 acres, this refuge provides protection for a wide diversity of species, including the last remaining ocelots in the United States.

Turtle Survival Alliance

The TSA is a global partnership of individuals, zoos, aquariums, biologists and researchers who have joined together to help conserve threatened and endangered tortoise and turtles. http://www.turtlesurvival.org/

International Crane Foundation The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend. ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to these ecosystems.  http://www.savingcranes.org/

International Rhino Fund

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research.  http://www.rhinos-irf.org/

Friends of the Attwater Prairie Chicken

At the Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Wildlife Refuge, the goal is to avoid extinction and prolong the lives of the Attwater’s Prairie Chickens, as well as preserve their habitat, the coastal prairie ecosystem.  Join to assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our many partners in enhancing and promoting the Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge in Eagle Lake, Texas. www.attwater.org/

Giraffe Conservation Foundation

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s vision is that of a sustainable future where all giraffe populations and (sub)species are protected and secure in the wild. http://www.giraffeconservation.org/our_vision.php

Panamanian Golden Frog SSP / Project Golden Frog

Project Golden Frog/Proyecto Rana Dorada exists to preserve the culturally-significant golden frog of Panama through scientific field studies, education, financial support, and captive management; and to use the attractive frog as a model flagship species for amphibian decline issues in Panama and worldwide. http://projectgoldenfrog.org/

Tambopata Macaw Project

The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of south eastern Peru under the direction of Dr. Donald Brightsmith of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University. www.macawproject.org/

Tiger Conservation Campaign

Accredited zoos across North America are mobilizing to support tiger conservation efforts and raise awareness. The Tiger Conservation Campaign is coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Tiger Species Survival Plan. www.mnzoo.org/tigerssp/conserResearch.html

Wildtracks Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation

Wildtracks works toward the sustainable future of the natural resources for the people of Belize, through conservation, research, education and sustainable development. Their facility also provides rehabilitation for animals that were injured by human activity or were confiscated from the illegal animal trade.   http://www.wildtracksbelize.org/

Zoo Conservation Outreach Group

Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG) is a non-profit coalition of North American zoological facilities dedicated to assisting Latin American zoos and aquariums in their regional wildlife and habitat conservation efforts.  http://www.zcog.org/