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Caldwell Zoo

About Caldwell Zoo

Established in 1953 by David King Caldwell, the Caldwell Zoo is the best place in Northeast Texas to experience diverse wildlife. Sprawling across 85 acres, the zoo is home to more than 3,400 animals dwelling in six main habitats or exhibits: the African Savanna, North America, South America, African Aquarium, North American Herpetarium, and the Wild Bird Walkabout. As a part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Caldwell strives to conserve endangered species, now serving as a refuge to a dozen of them, including cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, black-footed penguins and black rhinoceros. In addition to a naturally educational atmosphere, Caldwell offers special school, homeschool and scouting programs. Detailed information is available at In order to welcome as many guests as possible, Caldwell is closed only three days each year: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. March 1 through Labor Day, the zoo is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Labor Day through February, it is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Parking is free, and there is no admission fee for zoo members and children age 2 and under. $12.95/adults 13-54 years, $10.95/seniors 55 years and better, $8.95/children 3-12 years. To contact the Caldwell Zoo, call 903.593.0121 or email


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