MASKS REQUIRED. Education building and herpetarium are closed. During the winter months animals may not be visible as they have access to holding areas.

Tips for your Visit

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Tips For Your Visit

Planning your visit to the Amarillo Zoo ahead of time can make it easier to create wonderful memories! View the FAQs below to help you plan your visit and answer any questions you may have. Don't see the answer you're looking for? Contact us!

Take Your Family on a Safari

  • Bring binoculars so your child can "go on safari." Binoculars can make it easier to spot animals in some of the Zoo's larger exhibits, such as the bison or black bear.
  • On your drive to the Zoo, discuss trips to the Zoo when you were a child or what your favorite animal was when you were growing up.
  • Use one of the Scavenger Hunts on our website to stimulate your child's interest in the Zoo.
  • Stop by one of the Zoofari Carts to see and touch cool things like feathers, fur, skulls and other biofacts. Zoofari carts are staffed by volunteers and are usually set up on weekends or school vacations.
  • Make a game of stopping at every exhibit to spot the animals; they can often be secretive or will lay in the shade. Let your little explorer find each animal, with hints from you. Read the signs to your child so they'll know more about each fascinating species.
  • After your trip, visit your local library to borrow books on animals that piqued your child's interest.

Laws of the Jungle

  • For the safety and welfare of our animals and visitors, the following rules apply:

      • Smoking and vaping anywhere inside the Zoo
      • Alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs
      • Harassing the animals or intentionally harming an animal is prohibited. You will be escorted out of the zoo.
      • Dogs or other pets (In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, only Service Dogs are permitted.)
      • Drones or any similar remote-controlled vehicles/flying devices
      • Selfie sticks, loud noise makers and lasers
      • Picking the flowers or foliage, climbing trees, or disturbing the landscape so everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the many beautiful things growing throughout the Zoo.
      • Balloons, plastic straws, plastic lids, and glass containers
      • Skates, roller blades, skate boards, scooters, bicycles, and unauthorized motorized vehicles (other than wheelchairs or electric scooters for the disabled)
      • Offensive clothing; disguises, costumes, or articles of clothing that conceal a visitor's identity
      • Distribution of any advertisement, circular or handbill, or solicitation of funds or pledges of contributions within Zoo property
      • Any other items deemed dangerous, suspicious, or inappropriate
      • All of our animals are on special diets. People food is not on their menu, so please do not share your food with them. 
      • Shirt and shoes are required.
      • Stay on the sidewalks and in designated public areas.
      • Do not sit children or other objects on railings, fences, or other barriers.
      • Do not hang objects over railings, fences, or other barriers.
      • The Zoo may take photographs of your party during your visit to the Zoo. These photos may be used by the Zoo for both internal and public publications, including the Zoo website and social media channels.
      • Student/commercial filming and photography must be approved by the Zoo in advance.
      • If someone is acting inappropriately or dangerously, they may be escorted from the Zoo. If you see someone acting in this manner, please contact a Zoo staff member immediately.
      • Amarillo Zoo is a rain or shine facility. Rain checks and refunds will not be granted.


    Amarillo Zoo reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who does not comply with these policies. Additionally, breach of any of these policies may result in removal from the zoo without refunded admission.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is there an admission fee?

Yes, a modest fee is charged to help the Zoo grow and expand.

$4 Adult (13-61)
$3 Senior (62 & up)
$2 Child (3-12)
Under 2 is free

Can I get there by bus?

Amarillo RTA has a route that drops off at Thompson Park within walking distance of the Zoo entrance. As bus schedules are subject to vary and change based on your day of travel, please contact Amarillo RTA at 806-378-3095 to get the most up-to-date routes and bus schedules to the Amarillo Zoo. You may also visit the Amarillo Transit website

What kinds of animals do you have at the Zoo?

Check out our Animal Attractions page for more information on the fascinating animals that can be found at the Amarillo Zoo.

When is the best time to see my favorite animals?

Visitors who come to the Amarillo Zoo in the early morning are in for some delightful surprises! In the cool of the morning, most of the animals on exhibit are at their peak activity level: playing, catching the wind for the scent of other nearby animals, stretching and prowling.

As the day warms up, some of the animals like the lions will find a cozy spot to stretch out for an afternoon nap.

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes. If you lost an item at the zoo, call to report the item, the date you lost it, and your telephone number. A zoo staff member will call you back if the item is found. After one month, unclaimed items are donated to Goodwill.

Can I bring food into the zoo?

No, you cannot bring outside food and drinks into the zoo.

Many grassy areas can be found outside the zoo's main entrance. This is a good option for families or school groups wishing to picnic before or after a zoo visit.

Do you allow pets into the zoo?

No. For the health and safety of all the zoo's animals, the zoo does not allow any outside animals into the zoo, with the exception of certified service animals.

How can I make a donation?

You can make contributions at any time. You may also leave a gift in the donation box located near the front entrance of the zoo whenever you visit. You may call the zoo at 806-381-7911 to make a donation or if you have questions about giving a gift to the zoo. Learn more ways to support the zoo.

Can I volunteer at the zoo?

Yes! Give the gift of your time for special events, grounds assistance, and visitor services. More Information

Can I hold an event at the zoo?

Some events are possible such as company picnics. Please call us for details 806-381-7911.

Who owns the zoo?

The zoo is owned and operated by the City of Amarillo.

How big is the zoo? How long does it take to explore the zoo?

The Amarillo Zoo is approximately 15 acres. On average, you can expect to spend about an hour and a half enjoying the zoo.

Can I host a birthday party at the zoo?

Yes. The zoo has a variety of birthday party packages available. Birthdays can be booked from April-October. For more information call 806-381-7911 or visit our Birthday Party page.

Are there any job openings at the zoo?

You can visit our Employment page to check for current openings. The Amarillo Zoo is an agency of the City of Amarillo, so please visit the City of Amarillo's employment website to view job descriptions and apply for postings.

Do groups need to make reservations?

School groups are required to fill out a Field Trip Reservation Form. If your group would like an classroom program to accompany your zoo visit you must call the Education Department at 806-381-7911. Visit our Education Page for more information on field trips, ZooSchool, and ZooMobile.

Is there a charge for parking a bus?

There is no charge for bus parking, but parking is very limited. We ask that buses do not block entrances or gates. There is bus parking east of the Zoo’s main entrance.

How do we schedule an education program?

Contact the zoo at 806-381-7911. There is a fee for educational programs. Click here to learn more about our education programs.

Can I get a refund for rain or bad weather?

We are a rain or shine facility. Rain checks and refunds will not be granted.

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The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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