Capital of Texas Zoo
376 Jenkins Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612
Fax: (512) 303-6675
Good for Kids: Yes
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Save your time and money and go visit the Austin Zoo instead. How is this place still open? You get the sense that at some point the owners really did want to open a nice small zoo but then it just fell apart. For one thing, its price for the animals you see is ridiculous and they charge 2 dollars to pay with a credit card for any amount. Something like that really should have been listed on their website. Had I known that I would have pulled out cash before heading over. This place is completely run down and the animals cages are tiny and not cleaned well at all. Some even had holes in their cheap chicken wire. Not exactly up to code. They only have a few exhibits and the animals all looked extremely unhealthy and miserable. I'm really surprised they've been allowed to keep their animals. Honestly only the camel looked comfortable. The one tiger and one lion had TINY cages and their fur was in terrible condition. Also, Peacocks run loose everywhere which seems like it would make a lovely picture except that they had crapped all over the picnic tables and chairs making them all completely unusable. The paths are overgrown and everything is falling apart. This place really should be shut down and the animals sent to an actual zoo and not live in tiny cages in someone's backyard!
The good: The zoo is intimate, the animals all seem happy and well kept, and there are an amazing assortment of creatures that will certainly take up as much time as you might have to spend. The trails are well marked, there are placards and information cards for all but the newest exhibits, and their are ALWAYS things being built, and animals being added. It seems that many species are breeding projects, which is rather remarkable.
In addition, there is a petting zoo, Deer, Peafowl (cocks and hens) and other animals roam around freely, adding to the intimate appeal. There are picnic tables to eat the lunch or snacks you bring, the restrooms are clean, and then gate price seems reasonable.
The bad: The facilities are not first rate. The bathrooms are clean, but the buildings that house them seem.... a bit crude. You know...cheap door locks that are loose from commercial use. Cheap plumbing fixtures that get commercial use. Not a deal breaker, but not the million dollar commercial construction that you might see at the San Antonio Zoo.
I don't think its a big deal, but it reflects the attitude that they have there. How can we spend more money on bringing in more animals, expanding the breeding programs, caring for the critters? Oh yeah. Clean the bathroom. Their priority is the population of the zoo, not the people visiting. Actually, maybe that should go into the "Good" column.
06/13/2012Provided by Citysearch -
The zoo had a lot of cool animals, but the staff was not friendly and there were not many signs describing the animals or even saying what they were! We had no idea wat some if the animals were. Isn't that the point of going to the zoo? Learning about what you are actually seeing?