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Dwarf Caiman

Reptile

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Our Dwarf Caiman

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Zebra Finch

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Our Zebra Finch

The Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) is a small, charming bird, best known for its strikingly...

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Bongo

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Our Bongo

Bongo Coming Soon!

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Whooping Crane

Bird

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Our Whooping Crane

Abilene Zoo: Whooping Crane The Whooping Crane (Grus americana) is the tallest bird in North...

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Striped Skunk

Mammal

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Our Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk The Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is a small, nocturnal mammal known for its...

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Ring-tailed Cat

Mammal

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Our Ring-tailed Cat

The Ring-Tailed Cat (Bassariscus astutus), also known as the Ringtail, is a captivating nocturnal mammal...
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Bald Eagle

Bird

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Our Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a powerful and majestic bird of prey, widely recognized...

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Swainson’s Hawk

Bird

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Our Swainson’s Hawk

The Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is a remarkable bird of prey native to North America,...

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Red-tailed Hawk

Bird

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Our Red-tailed Hawk

The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is one of the most widespread and recognizable birds of...

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Black Vulture

Bird

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Our Black Vulture

The Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) is a scavenger bird native to the Americas, playing a...

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Crested Caracara

Bird

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Our Crested Caracara

Known as the “Mexican Eagle” and the national bird of Mexico, the Crested Caracara (Caracara...

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Black-footed Ferret

Mammal

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Our Black-footed Ferret

The Black-footed Ferret is a small, carnivorous mammal that is native to North America. It...

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Burrowing Owl

Bird

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Our Burrowing Owl

The Burrowing Owl is a small, ground-dwelling bird that is native to North and South...

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Virginia Opossum

Mammal

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Our Virginia Opossum

The Virginia Opossum, also known as the North American Opossum, is a marsupial native to...

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Ocelot

Mammal

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Our Ocelot

The ocelot is a small wild cat that can be found in Central and South...

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Coscoroba Swan

Bird

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Our Coscoroba Swan

Coscoroba Swan or the scientific name is Coscoroba coscoroba. You can find this flock in...
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American Alligator

Reptile

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Our American Alligator

Albert is one of the oldest living American Alligators in zoos across the country. His...
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Maned Wolf

Mammal

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Our Maned Wolf

Neither a fox, nor a wolf! Learn more about the unique Maned Wolf here at...
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Jaguar

Mammal

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Our Jaguar

Fast Facts Jaguars are the third largest “big cat” after the lion and tiger and...

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Giant Anteater

Mammal

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Our Giant Anteater

Meet Benny and Demo, our giant anteaters! Learn more at the Abilene Zoo....
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Capybara

Mammal

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Our Capybara

Learn about the largest rodents here or anywhere at the Abilene Zoo....
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Ring-tailed Lemur

Mammal

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Our Ring-tailed Lemur

Learn more about this 'stink-fighting' endangered species at the Abilene Zoo....
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Fossa

Mammal

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Our Fossa

Meet Lavavolo - but we call her Volo for short. This spunky gal is part...
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North American Porcupine

Mammal

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Our North American Porcupine

Welcome to the Abilene Zoo’s webpage dedicated to the fascinating North American Porcupine! The North...

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Bobcat

Mammal

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Our Bobcat

The bobcat is a medium-sized wild cat found throughout North America. This elusive feline is...

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North American River Otter

Mammal

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Our North American River Otter

Welcome to the Abilene Zoo’s webpage dedicated to the North American River Otter! The North...

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Cougar

Mammal

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Our Cougar

Also known as the Mountain Lion, Puma, or Panther, the Cougar (Puma concolor) is an...

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Southern Black Rhino

Mammal

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Our Southern Black Rhino

Meet Uhuru - One of only 60 Southern Black Rhinos found in AZA accredited zoos...
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Zebra

Mammal

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Our Zebra

Grant's Zebra...
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African Lion

Mammal

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Our African Lion

Meet the Pride of the Abilene Zoo. While lions may be at the top of...
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North American Bullfrog

Amphibian

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Our North American Bullfrog

Meet Jeremiah. He's a good friend of mine. This North American Bullfrog is just one...
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Caribbean Flamingo

Bird

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Our Caribbean Flamingo

Caribbean Flamingo or Phoenicopterus ruber is a large species of flamingo closely related to the...
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Giraffe

Mammal

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Our Giraffe

Meet the tower of giraffe found at the Abilene Zoo....
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events

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June 14, 2024 @ 5:30PM
Get WILD with up-close animal encounters, feast on barbecue and funnel cake fries, sip refreshing cocktails and cool drinks, while rockin' and roarin' to some...
May 18, 2024
Join us as we honor and thank our military! All military, veterans, and their families receive free admission with military or dependent ID. Pick up...
Saturday July 20, 2024
Come celebrate Abilene Zoo's birthday!
March 9-17, 2024
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS Wild Days presented by Whataburger is the ultimate family experience for an exciting Spring Break adventure from March 9 – 17. Kick...
December 15-23
Powered by Reliant, Christmas Celebration lights up the night at Abilene Zoo! Meet Santa and his reindeer, visit Arctic Lights, make a toy at Santa’s...
April 20, 2024
Walk the red carpet, get nose-to-nose during an animal encounter, and savor tropical food and indulgent cocktails while exploring Caribbean wildlife. A wild program featuring...
October 14 / October 21-22 / October 28-29, 2023
Abilene’s favorite Halloween tradition is back, & we’re welcoming families from all over the Big Country! Join us for an immersive fall festival experience including...
October 5, 2023 @ 6:00-9:00PM
Buy your spot at an exclusive after-hours dinner at the Zoo! Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by a local celebrity chef, specialty wine, and a...

Tours

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Animal Ambassador Tour

Start Time(s): 1:00 pm
Price: Starting at $30 for anyone 3 yrs and up (admission to the Zoo not included). Zoo Members receive a 20% discount
Duration: 30 Minutes, Available Everyday

Go behind the scenes with our Animal Ambassador Team and encounter some of your favorite animals! Many of these animals are rescued through Abilene Zoo or other conservation organizations, and you can learn their stories of strength and resilience. Plus, this tour allows you to touch and take photos with some of Abilene’s favorite creatures that you often see on television or at community events.

Each tour features a behind the scenes journey. Animals subject to change each tour due to community events or education commitments, but the Animal Ambassador collection includes more than 50 exciting species.

Experience Animal Ambassadors like…

  • Capybara
  • Kookaburra
  • Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
  • Three Species of Armadillo
  • American Alligator
  • Barred Owl
  • Tenrec
  • Black Vulture
  • Red Tailed Boa
  • Swainson’s Hawk
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Sloth Tour

Start Time(s): 1:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays / 11:00am on Saturdays
Price: Starting at $65 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount.
Duration: 30 minutes, Thursdays-Saturdays

How will you feel the first time you get close enough to see a sloth? Can you imagine the sound when a sloth enjoys a tasty treat? Picture those beautiful brown eyes, the adorable nose, and your incredible experience learning all about the sloth during your up close meeting!

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Steenbok Tour

Start Time(s): 11:00 am
Price: Starting at $25 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount
Duration: 30 minutes, Available Sunday-Wednesday

Small antelope, big ears, one memorable connection. You will have an opportunity to feed a steenbok during your visit to their habitat and will learn more about the species and their care.

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Giant Anteater Tour

Start Time(s): 11:45 am
Price: Starting at $25 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount
Duration: 30 Minutes, Available Everyday

Go behind the scenes and get an up-close look at our giant anteater. There you will learn all about the giant anteater and how we care for them.

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Reptile Tour

Start Time(s): 1:30 pm
Price: Starting at $25 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount
Duration: 30 Minutes, Tuesdays-Saturdays

Separate fact from fiction by learning about and meeting a couple of the zoo’s lizards, turtles, and snakes. Learn about and meet a several of the zoo’s lizards, turtles, and snakes.

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Giraffe Tour

Start Time(s): 2:00 pm
Price: Starting at $30 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount
Duration: 30 – 45 Minutes, Available Everyday

Meet a couple of members of our giraffe herd on a guided behind-the-scenes tour. Our giraffe keeper will take you to visit our Giraffe barn and have an opportunity to get up close and hand-feed our giraffes.

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Rhino Tour

Start Time(s): 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm
Price: Starting at $30 each, 3 yrs and up (admission not included) 20% pass member discount
Duration: 30 – 45 Minutes, Available Everyday

Find yourself nose to horn with Abilene Zoo’s resident southern black rhino on this unforgettable tour. You will have an opportunity to feed, touch, and learn all about this magnificent species.

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