Austin Zoo

I never got around to writing about this one but we went to the Austin Zoo back in January. The zoo was different from what I expected but it is actually a rescue zoo and animal sanctuary so it’s not like your typical big zoo.

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When you go in the office to purchase your admission you can also purchase feed for the goats, sheep, llamas, and deer so the boys each got a bag. Once you leave the office there is a wide open space with picnic tables and a concession. They also had a porch with a bunch of strollers that you can use and here were also some chickens walking around here.

The first animal I remember seeing was a lioness. What I remember most though was that there was a sign warning you to not get to close because she might spray you. I thought that was interesting, it’s something I hadn’t seen before. Close to the lion there was a Yorkshire pig and apparently I’ve never seen one before because I was surprised at how big it was. Now that I think of it I don’t think I ever really see pigs. The only time I remember actually seeing a pig was last year at the petting zoo at the CALF in Abilene and that one was a cute miniature pig. I was really amazed by its size so I took a picture but you can’t tell how big it is from the picture.

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There was a tortoise next to the pig and a monkey close by so I also took pictures of them.

The pig's next door neighbor. He was crawling back to his house to eat.

The pig’s next door neighbor. He was crawling back to his house to eat.

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I didn’t take many pictures of the animals that were there but this next picture is of the wolves…wolf hybrids actually. We were looking for them for the longest time and couldn’t find them and then finally I saw something move and spotted them. There was a picnic table here so I thought it would be a good picture with the wolves in the background but you can barely see them.

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Next up is the goats and sheep. This is where the majority of my pictures came from. The goats were very hungry.

This is the first goat the boys fed.  He saw the boys coming and was ready to be fed.

This is the first goat the boys fed. He saw the boys coming and was ready to be fed.

He actually ate up a lot of the boys feed and we had to leave him to feed some other animals but he was still hungry.

He actually ate up a lot of the boys feed and we had to leave him to feed some other animals but he was still hungry.

This is the first goats friend.  He wasn't hungry until we came back over and by that time we only had a little feed left.

This is the first goats friend. He wasn’t hungry until we came back over and by that time we only had a little feed left.

This was the next goat on the other side of the little barn thing.

This was the next goat on the other side of the little barn thing.

Then there was the sheep.

Then there was the sheep.

One of these is the sheep that pushed the other sheep out of the way which isn't nice.

One of these is the sheep that pushed the other sheep out of the way which isn’t nice.

Here you can see a hungry sheep starting from the other side.

Here you can see a hungry sheep starting from the other side.

So we went over to feed him.

So we went over to feed him.

But then this guy came running over.

But then this guy came running over.

There always seems to be that one wild crazy hungry goat and this was him.

There always seems to be that one wild crazy hungry goat and this was him.

Connor was sad because there was no feed left for the llama.

Connor was sad because there was no feed left for the llama.

Nor was there food left for the deer.

Nor was there food left for the deer.

There were also a bunch of peacocks hanging out in this area so I took a picture of them since I took pictures of the peacocks at the Oklahoma City Zoo. I really wanted to get a good picture of them spreading their wings but they were usually facing away from me.

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Then there was this large rooster statue.

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The last animal picture I have other than a rooster is a fox. I really liked the foxes. They were very pretty.

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The Austin Zoo like most other zoos has a train. The train runs at certain times and we were pretty much done looking at all the animals at this point so we just grabbed a snack at the concession stand while we waited. There are also picnic tables by the train so after getting the snack we went to sit down by the train and there were some roosters walking around the tables.

The rooster under our table.

The rooster under our table.

I really enjoyed the train ride. It takes you on a pretty good ride through the wooded area around the zoo and they have different stuff set up to look at. I thought it was cute and definitely worth the extra cost.

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Once we were done riding the train we headed back to the office/gift shop and the boys of course bought something and then we left. The Austin Zoo isn’t big so you can get through fairly quickly. It was much different than I expected but we enjoyed it.

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