Visitors can discover an amazing world various wildlife during a visit to the Abilene Zoological Gardens. The Abilene Zoo is home to over one thousand animals from throughout the world, providing excitement and fun for animal lovers and visitors of any age. Guests can eye-to-eye with giraffes during a Giraffe Safari, see colorful animals in the tropical Caribbean Cove, or view numerous species native to Texas in the Elm Creek Backyard area. There are also several beautiful gardens for guests to explore and enjoy.

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A white tiger, camels, black rhinoceros, lions, and other species can be seen in the Africa section, while approximately seventy reptiles await visitors within the Abilene Zoo's Reptile House. Guests can grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink at the Water Hole, or buy a souvenir from the Zoo Store. Along with all of the animal attractions, visitors can also take a whirling ride on the Wildlife Carousel, or take a tour of the zoo aboard the Safari Express Train.

As visitors explore the zoo's Africa section, they will encounter a variety of wildlife species found throughout the savannahs and grasslands. During sunny days, guests can enjoy a shady pergola as they watch ostriches, zebras, rhino, and more in a naturalistic habitat. Just around the corner from the pergola visitors will find the lions, giraffes, and African Crowned Cranes.

A walk through the colorful Caribbean Cove transports guests to a tropical land filled a colorful range of plants, sounds, and animals surrounding them. While kids are playing in the massive area of sand, parents can relax at a nearby table or chair. The area provides a perfect setting to take in Caribbean Cove's stunning gardens, as well as listen to the sound monkeys chatting and the call of macaws.

The South America area offers visitors with an opportunity to see an array of different animals, such as the rhea, which is related to the ostrich, and the guanaco, a relative of the llama. Guests will also see Maned Wolves which look similar to foxes if they were on stilts, as well as Patagonian Cavy's that look like jackrabbits. Visitors should also make sure not to miss the enclosure for the Spider Monkeys for a chance to watch how the energetic animals utilize their tail as another arm.

Elm Creek Backyard at the Abilene Zoological Gardens lets visitors explore native animals of the state of Texas. There is a wide array of animals in this area of the zoo, including native fish, river otters, ringtail cats, cougars, vultures, and turtles. Visitors shouldn't miss the black footed ferret, one of North America's most endangered mammals, while visiting the zoo.

The Abilene Zoo's Reptile House offers guests a chance to see some of world's deadliest reptiles and more. Some of the animals that can be seen in the enclosure include the largest spider in the world and a snake capable of killing an elephant. Visitors can also see a slow-moving lizard with a ballistic tongue, as well as many other lizards, snakes, tortoises, and turtles.

2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, Texas, Phone: 325-676-6085

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