City of Lufkin, 300 E. Shepherd
Lufkin, Texas 75902 936-634-8881

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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.


Supporting the "Finest Small City Zoo" in the Nation

(FOETZ Brochure)


To cultivate an appreciation of the natural world and to provide environmental education and wildlife conservation for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens



Generate community support
Educate the public about the zoo
Support conservation of rare & endangered species
Provide quality recreation
Provide funds for animal acquisitions, construction of naturalistic environment

 and other needed improvements.


The Ellen Trout Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Lufkin. 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. Giraffes, Rhinoceroses, and Hippopotamuses are now featured at the Zoo in exhibits funded by F.O.E.T.Z. Future projects include a new Education Building, Primate Island, a Lake Nature Trail, and improvements to the Small Animal Building among others.  

Join Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo!
To find out about the benefits of becoming a member, click here.

Hippo Habitat Fund (HHF)




Click here to find out how you can help support River Hippos at

 the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin.



For more information on Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo and the above programs, call 936-633-0399 or stop by the zoo at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, TX 75904.