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Ellen Trout Zoo, Lufkin

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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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  • COVID19 visit, early December, so some buildings closed, few visitors, so lots of opportunity to stroll the grounds and really enjoy the zoo. Smallish zoo, but they had a number of animals that are...  more »
  • Train ride around the property, engineer was friendly, speaking as we rode around each area. Wide variety of animals to see and enjoy.  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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