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Ellen Trout Zoo, Lufkin

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Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
This is the official page for the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas.


Adults $7.00

Seniors 60 and older $6.00

Children 4 to 11 $3.50

Children under 4 Free

Members of Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo Free

Organized Groups of 15 or more adults:

Adult $3.50

Children $1.75

School Rate (Each)

Students, teachers and bus drivers $2.00

Parents and other adults $3.50

Children 4 -11 $1.75

The Ellen Trout Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Lufkin which is responsible for the daily operation. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo (F.O.E.T.Z.) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that assists the Zoo in a supportive capacity. F.O.E.T.Z. will focus on funding for major expansion and renovation projects in the Zoo's master plan.

Ellen Trout Zoo is the Wildest Place in Town and YOUR Place to Connect to the Natural World!
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  • Wonderful place to spend a few hours with the family! We enjoyed a picnic lunch under the pavilion before entering the zoo, and rode the train afterwards. Highly recommend as a day trip from Houston!  more »
  • This is an excellent zoo for a small town. Nice walkways with benches spaced about to sit and rest. Two covered areas for picnics. Kids would love it.  more »
  • The zoo is kept really nice. Prices are extremely reasonable. The habitats of the animals are fabulous and roomy. I love the small zoos because they have more care and compassion for their animals. We had an up close and personal experience with one of the hippos. He was so cute with his nose pressed to the glass and just hanging there sleeping. The variety of animals is good. Peacocks have free rein of the grounds. There is even an albino female, so gorgeous. Giraffes, hippos, rhinos, lions and more. Ellen Trout zoo is a great place to bring children.
  • What a wonderful zoo. It was the perfect size to take our 2 1/2 year old grandson! All the animals were out and easy to see. The beautiful shaded walkways made it pleasant even on a July morning. We finished it off with a ride on the train and a little time at the playground. Perfect summer outing. Worth the hour drive to get here for sure.

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