City of Lufkin,    300 E. Shepherd
 Lufkin, Texas 75902         936-634-8881
Zoo Babies Zoo Education New Arrivals Tiger Cam Animals to see


Ellen Trout Zoo Home
About the Zoo
Animals to See
Zoo Videos
New Arrivals
Zoo Babies
Zoo Calendar
Friends of the Zoo
Support the Zoo
A.D.O.P.T. Brochure
FOETZ Brochure
FOETZ Membership Info
Nearby Fun
Area Churches
Area Schools
Birding in Lufkin
Fishing in Lufkin
Cell Phone Flyer


Real-Time Rainfall Data

Rainfall History

NOAA Forecast for Lufkin


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.


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


Paddy 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!



Ellen Trout Zoo Welcomes New Giraffe


June 6, 2014 - The Ellen Trout Zoo welcomed Kellen, a nearly 1 year old male Maasai Giraffe early Friday morning, June 6th. Kellen was born at the Virginia Zoo on June 6, 2013. The Ellen Trout Zoo has been exhibiting Giraffes since 1999 with the arrival of our first female, Emi Lane, on June 6, 1999. Kellen will be joining a young female Kamili, born at the Ellen Trout Zoo on January 13, 2013, and an older female Twigga that arrived at the Zoo on June 5, 2008. Kellen will remain off exhibit for a short period while he undergoes a physical examination and gets used to his new home.

 The Ellen Trout Announces the Arrival of a New Jaguar

Kabah, a 142 pound, male Jaguar arrived September 26th, 2013 at the Ellen Trout Zoo. He was parent reared with his brother at the Tulsa Zoo and donated to the Ellen Trout Zoo as an SSP recommendation. The 17 month old Jaguar will be paired with our female Jaguar Seraphina who is 6 years old and on loan to us from Zoo New England in Boston. Kabah, named for a Maya city in southeast Yucatan, will remain off-exhibit for several days until he learns his way around the enclosure. It is hoped that in the near future he and Seraphina will become the proud parents of a litter of Jaguar cubs. Jaguars are the largest species of wild cat native to the New World. They can be found from Mexico south to Paraguay and Argentina.
The Ellen Trout Zoo is open every day from 9 am until 5 pm and is the Wildest Place in Town and YOUR Place to Connect to the Natural World!