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Amarillo Zoo
2400 South Polk Street
Amarillo
TX
79109
Tel: (806) 381-7911

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Founded in 1955 the Amarillo Zoo is a place to share the wonders of the animal world with kids of all ages. The beautiful 15-acre site is located in Thompson Park and features over 60 species of animals. The zoo is designed for fun and discovery and will provide a lifetime of memories. Here, you’ll do more than just look…you’ll experience the animal world.

Once you’ve finished enjoying the zoo, make sure to visit Thompson Park. Visitors will discover shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, beautiful lakes, swimming, tennis and walking trails in this 330-acre regional park.

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    It was not what I expected. I was thinking more animals and a easier time navigating the zoo. I couldn't tell what animals they had and animals weren't well labeled. There was no food court or gift shop. I would have paid more than $4 per adult for a nicer zoo.

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    Not only is this the worst Zoo that I have ever been to but it is the worst "attraction" Amarillo has to offer. Admission is cheap so I did not expect it to be the best Zoo ever, however I at least expected the Animals to be watered. My husband and I decided to have a family day and took our four year old daughter and one year old son to the Amarillo Zoo. We paid our entrance to a less than enthusiastic attendant and then headed to the concession stand. We had planned on eating lunch there and had even checked the Zoo web site to make sure the concession...Read More

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    Nice small zoo. Well worth supporting with the entrance fee. Less than a movie for a nice, educational experience that is also family friendly.

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    Very small zoo but was definitely worth the $4 I paid for me and my 2 young children to get in. been to a bunch of zoos including sandiego but never as close to the animals as here. The tigers were show offs and seemed very content to live here!

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by Christina Glover

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Not only is this the worst Zoo that I have ever been to but it is the worst "attraction" Amarillo has to offer. Admission is cheap so I did not expect it to be the best Zoo ever, however I at least expected the Animals to be watered. My husband and I decided to have a family day and took our four year old daughter and one year old son to the Amarillo Zoo. We paid our entrance to a less than enthusiastic attendant and then headed to the concession stand. We had planned on eating lunch there and had even checked the Zoo web site to make sure the concession stand was open. Well to our surprise it was not. After 30 minutes of looking around I finally found a staff member and asked her why the concession stand was not open. With out apologies she rudely informed me that "they just didn't have enough staff, so they weren't going to open it today." I then nicely told her that the Zoo website said that the concession stand was open and that if it was going to be closed they should post it at the front entrance before people paid $10 to get in and then not be able to buy refreshments, especially since we could not take our own in. She then let me know this was not her problem or concern and went on her way. We then decided to go ahead and look around at the animals and that we would just grab something to eat afterwards. As we looked around we soon realized this excuse for a Zoo was pitiful. There was no staff members in the education center or anywhere other than the front entrance and the concession lady that had quickly disappeared. The bear was locked in a metal cage (not its habitat, apparently that was being cleaned) with no shade and shockingly no water. The bear had high respiration and looked as if it could stoke out. As we continued on our daughter asked us "Why are all the animals dead?" Which we then had to explain to her that they were not dead, they were just hot and tired. Many of the animals were panting heavily and looked less than cared for. I truly feel bad for all these animals. My husband and I then decided to leave and on our way out informed the admission attendant of the animals that did not have water. She just looked at us with an uneducated expression, laughed and said okay is that everything? Wow, what a person to work at a Zoo. I hope she does not have animals at home. Needless to say we will not be going back and I hope that the Amarillo Zoo can learn how to properly take care of their animals and guest. The Amarillo Zoo should be a place that citizens and guest can take their family, it should be a place that Amarillo is proud of. It should not be the eye sore of the city that it unfortunately is.

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