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 Lufkin, Texas 75902
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Zoo Location

The Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904. On the north Loop 287, exit north on Martin Luther King and turn left immediately onto Zoo Circle. Parking is available along the street or the parking lots in Ellen Trout Park. Buses are requested to park in the Expo Center parking lot.  Call 936-633-0399 for more information.  Click here for a map.



Welcome to

the Ellen Trout Zoo


The Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904.



Operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

This includes holidays and weekends. Click here for more Zoo information.

Jaguars on Exhibit together for the first time.


Kabaah, our male Jaguar and Seraphina, our female Jaguar were release together in the public exhibit for the first time on Octoboer 14th. They have been getting aquainted in the months prior but this was their first meeting together where the public could see them. Come and see these magnificiant animals. Click here to see video of the meeting.



New Member of the Ellen Trout Zoo arrives - Paddy the White Rhinoceros

Paddy White RhinocerosPaddy the female White Rhinoceros arrived at the Ellen Trout Zoo Tuesday morning, September 23rd, after a trip from Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida.

This move was a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and follows the move of Stormy from the Ellen Trout Zoo to the North Carolina Zoo last June.

Paddy weighs 4300 pounds and is 19 years old. She was born at Lion Country Safari and will be paired with Bwana the 20 year old male currently at the Ellen Trout Zoo. The current SSP population is 195 (82 males and 113 females) at 51 institutions.


Once again, this was quite a process and involved several entities. We have to thank Steve Poskey, Street Superintendent, Ramon Johnson, Water and Sewer Superintendent, Trey Henderson, Angelina Hardwood Sales, Burt Hairgrove, George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center Director, Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo and Zoo Staffers for enabling the transfer of Paddy from the truck to the exhibit.


Paddy will be getting used to her new surroundings for a while before she is allowed to go on exhibit.


The Ellen Trout Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is the Wildest Place in Town and YOUR Place to Connect to the Natural World!





Zoo Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


June 2, 2014 - The Ellen Trout Zoo received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor signifying that the Zoo consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions the Zoo has earned on TripAdvisor over the past year says Marc Charron, President, TripAdvisor for Business. .



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The Online Account provides accessibility for registrants to update personal information, review registration details, print statements and make payments on existing balances. Click here to manage your online account.




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