is the Ellen Trout Zoo located?
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.
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What time does the Zoo open?
The Zoo is open daily
from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
This includes holidays
What days does the Zoo close?
The Ellen Trout Zoo is
open every day of the year.
How much does admission cost?
New admission fees as of
Monday, November 2, 2015
The fees are:
$7.00 for adults 12-59
$6.00 seniors 60 and older
$3.50 for children 4-11
Children under 4 are free
Group rates for 9 or more are adults $3.50 and children $1.75, and the school rate (students and teachers) will be $2.00.
Zoo admission fees are split with a portion going into the City general fund to help support zoo operations and most going into the zoo building fund to make improvements and help the zoo grow. Current projects of the zoo building fund include the zoo’s new state of the art commissary, and newly renovated visitor walkways. The last fee increase was in 2007.
What is the AZA?
AZA stands for the Association of Zoos and
Aquariums. This professional organization is
composed of accredited Zoos and facilities.
Accreditation is done every five years for every
institution. An inspection by peers is performed to
ensure that member zoos meet established professional
criteria. Those meeting these criteria are accredited.
The Ellen Trout Zoo recently received
its 5 year inspection and passed on 18 March 2004. The
Zoo has now been accredited for over 20 years and was
one of the first zoos in Texas to receive
accreditation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit
a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are
supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent
care for animals, a great experience for you, and a
better future for all living things. With its more than
200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global
wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals
in their native habitats. For more information visit
For more information on
Ellen Trout Zoo, call 936-633-0399 or stop by the
zoo at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, TX 75904. You can pick
up a brochure and join a growing group of people
supporting the zoo. Or you can download a membership
clicking here and following the instructions.
The Zoo houses close to 700 reptiles,
birds and mammals from around the world. Currently, the
zoo is undergoing the largest expansion project since it
opened in 1967. Maasai Giraffe and White Rhinoceros
exhibits opened in the summer of 1999. A Nile
Hippopotamus exhibit featuring under and above water
viewing opened in 2002.
Yes, Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo
initiated a "Hippo Habitat Fund" to construct a new
state of the art exhibit for river hippos. The exhibit
opened in 2002 with a naturalistic pool and underwater
viewing. In the future it will also provide a home for
other species that can live with hippos.
We do not have a petting zoo because
they require staff members to supervise activities of
the animals and the people.
zoo by joining
the Ellen Trout Zoo, by participating in the "Adopt
An Animal" program, by making a contribution to the
"Hippo Habitat Fund", or by making a donation to the Zoo
The Z & OO Railroad is owned and operated by the Lufkin Hosts Lions Club. It does not have any affiliation with the Ellen Trout Zoo or the City of Lufkin. The train ride takes about 8 minutes and goes around the park and across Ellen Trout Lake. Children 3 years of age and under ride free, everyone else is $2 (credit/debit cards not accepted). The proceeds benefit various projects and organizations in the area. From around the first of March until school starts in August the operating hours are from 10:00am until 3:00pm on weekdays and 10:00am until 5:00pm on weekends. When school starts in August and until March the operating hours are from 10:00am until 5:00pm on weekends and major school holidays. We do make special runs during the week for groups with advanced reservations. Reservations must be made by email to email@example.com and should be submitted at least two weeks in advance.
Yes, you may fish from any area along
the bank. However, you do need a fishing license to
fish in Ellen Trout Lake.
Survival Plan (SSP) is a program in which zoos
work cooperatively to carefully manage a species
population. The Ellen Trout Zoo participates in
several SSP's including the tigers, rhinos, Bali
mynahs, cotton-top tamarins, and others here at
the Ellen Trout Zoo. Look for this symbol to
identify SSP species. To learn more about
Species Survival Plans,