“The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. We currently have over 300 animals from over 100 different species at the Zoo. Last year, over 237,000 people visited Austin Zoo. Austin Zoo is a pleasant Hill Country zoo where the people of Austin can come to learn about animals close-up, spend some time outdoors getting exercise, and have fun. It’s a place where we Austinites can truly make the most of our time together.
Austin Zoo is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization, and we rely on private donations, gate admissions, grants and sponsorships to continue to care for the animals we have, and to be able to take in new animals that need a safe home.
Austin Zoo started out as a goat ranch. In 1990, it became the Good Day Ranch, which catered to animals in need. At that time, the animals consisted mostly of goats, pigs, fallow deer, donkeys and ponies….with just a few exotics. Today, the ranch is home to many more exotic animals, as well as domestic animals, that were either rescued, or unwanted by, their owners.
Unfortunately, due to lack of facilities and resources, Austin Zoo is forced to turn down 50 requests a month to care for additional animals. But, thanks to private donations, gate admissions, grants and sponsorships, we’ve been able to continue our missions of rescue and rehabilitation.