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.

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.

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Admission Fees Increase

Admission fees will increase at the Ellen Trout Zoo beginning on
Monday, November 2nd.

The new fees will be:
$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.

Charlotte Henley elected Chairperson
of the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group

October 19, 2015 - Charlotte Henley, Director of Educational Services at the Ellen Trout Zoo, was elected Chairperson of the Zoo Conservation Outreach Group (ZCOG) at the recent annual meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Zoo Conservation Outreach Group is a membership based organization that facilitates conservation activities between US zoos and zoos in Latin America and the Caribbean basin. Some of the projects they have been working on include Andean condors in Argentina, Andean bears in Ecuador, giant armadillos in Brazil, jaguars in Brazil, Chilean flamingos in Chile, the giant anteater in Brazil, and the three-wattled bellbird in Honduras. ZCOG has been a leader in this conservation movement since 1988. In addition to the field conservation projects facilitated, ZCOG engages in capacity building by providing 14 scholarships for Latin American professionals to attend the Association of Zoos and Aquariums professional training programs.

Ellen Trout Zoo receives the TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence.

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is a prestigious award that can only be earned through consistently great reviews of the Ellen Trout Zoo published on the world’s largest travel site.

The Ellen Trout Zoo has been recognized by our visitors and guests as one of the very best in the business and received a rating of 4.5 out of 5.


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