I’m finishing up the week of Abilene love with one of my favorite places on earth: The Abilene Zoo!
I am constantly surprised at how many people don’t know about the awesomeness that is the Abilene Zoo. This once tiny zoo has grown to be a wonderful, fun-filled day at your fingertips! For a mere $6.00 per adult and $3.50 for kids, you can not only view the amazing animals, but you can play in the sand box in the Caribbean Cove, feed ducks and fish, pan for fossils and gem, ride a camel, or even ride a train! They’re currently remodeling the giraffe enclosure, but once it is finished, you will be able to look the giraffes in the eye as you feed them! The Abilene Zoo has animals from our own backyard such as cougars and otters, as well as animals from all over the world like the lions and zebras. They have active breeding programs for several endangered species and you might even catch a glimpse of the young that were born right here in Abilene. The zoo has a great gift shop, snow cones, and a human Watering Hole if you get hungry.
The zoo has various events throughout the year, but they also have keeper talks every weekend. Many weekends you can even see them feed the alligator! The staff have always been helpful and friendly. The zoo offers summer camps and birthday parties, plus they host concerts every summer! If that’s not enough to make you want to spend your day at our zoo, it is also located right next to Fort Imagination and the Nelson Splash Pad.
While the zoo is very affordable, I’d recommend anyone with small children get a membership. We’ve been members for years and with nearly weekly requests from the toddler to go to the zoo, it has saved us a fortune!
So, now that you know what you’re going to do this weekend, here is a free printable scavenger hunt for you and your littles to fill out while you’re there! It’s designed for older elementary children, though younger ones could probably complete it with a little help. The first page is mostly on animal identification and the second talks about animal endangerment and conservation. If you aren’t local to Abilene, you can use this at any local zoo and should be able to complete it just the same.
Check out the Abilene Zoo on Facebook and comment below with your favorite animal!