East Texas Zoos and Animal Parks
East Texas is home to a wide variety of zoos, animal parks, drive-thru safaris and animal sanctuaries.
Included on this page are highlights of some of the more popular zoos and animal parks across this part of Texas.
Whether you are touring in Deep East Texas, around Nacogdoches, or in Upper East Texas in Tyler, or elsewhere in the area, there are zoos and animal parks of interest to adults and children alike.
The Caldwell Zoo in Tyler is an accredited institution, and participates in many breeding projects.
Animals born at the zoo include giraffes, flamingoes, black rhinoceros, giant anteaters, and many others.
The 85-acre zoo containing more than 2,000 animals representing 250 species from East Africa, North America, and South America.
The zoo includes a children's petting pen, two aquariums, picnic areas, a café that overlooks an African savanna and gift shops with original African items.
The zoo also has seasonal presentations including a bird show, alligator feedings, giraffe feedings, and elephant demonstrations.
The Caldwell Zoo is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd Tyler, TX 75702. Phone 903.593.0121
For hours of operation, ticket information, and other details, we recommend you visit the official website of the Caldwell Zoo.
Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin
The Ellen Trout Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Lufkin which is responsible for its daily operation.
The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and houses over 800 mammals, birds and reptiles from around the world.
Located at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Phone 936.633.0399
Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari
Cherokee Trace Drive-thru Safari is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. See over two dozen exotic and endangered species that thrive in an open habitat similar to their native territory.
At your own pace, enjoy a self-guided drive through the hills and open savannahs of this 300-acre preserve.
The safari is located at 1200 CR 4405, about 12 miles east of Jacksonville, Texas. Phone 903.683.3322
Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary
Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary near Tyler offers visitors and volunteers many opportunities to learn about endangered animals.
Located north of Tyler, and just north of Tyler State Park, at 17552 FM 14. Home to over 40 rescued big cats. Phone 903.858.1008
East Texas Zoo and Gator Park
The zoo features a wide variety of animals as well as alligators.
Located at 9515 FM1255, Grand Saline, TX 75140. Phone 903.962.5630
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Popular Athens area attractions include the widely known and visited Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC), combining outdoor education with a production fish hatchery of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. TFFC houses a hatchery, laboratory, aquarium, and education center focusing on underwater wildlife in the state’s freshwater streams, ponds and lakes. Dive shows and tram tours are offered at designed times.
The Center is located about four miles east of Athens and 75 miles southeast of Dallas. The main entrance is at 5550 F.M. 2495, Athens, Texas 75752. Phone 903.676.2277