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 Lufkin, Texas 75902
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Zoo Location

The Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904. On the north Loop 287, exit north on Martin Luther King and turn left immediately onto Zoo Circle. Parking is available along the street or the parking lots in Ellen Trout Park. Buses are requested to park in the Expo Center parking lot.  Call 936-633-0399 for more information.  Click here for a map.



Welcome to

the Ellen Trout Zoo


The Zoo is located at 402 Zoo Circle, Lufkin, Texas 75904.



Operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

This includes holidays and weekends. Click here for more Zoo information.


Princess and the Frog:   February 7, 2015


There will be two teas:  one at 10:00am and 2:00pm.  Tickets are $15.00 per person and need to be purchased at the zoo. Princesses will be treated to games, crafts, a princess parade through the zoo, and of course, they get to meet a real frog. Refreshment will be served and girls will receive a souvenir photograph.




“Growing Up WILD”  teacher workshop - February 27th, 2015


9:00am until noon.  Fee:  $25.00   Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.  This workshop will help educators meet learning objectives through use of the outdoors and nature-themed activities combined with art, music and play.  Participants will receive SBEC and TEEAC credit towards their certification.  Deadline for registration for this workshop is February 16, 2015.  For more information, contact:  Charlotte Henley, Ellen Trout Zoo – 936-633-0403 or email


Ellen Trout Zoo Receives 2014 Best of Lufkin Award Lufkin Award Program Honors the Achievement LUFKIN


 November 25, 2014 -- Ellen Trout Zoo has been selected for the 2014 Best of Lufkin Award in the Animal & Reptile Exhibit category by the Lufkin Award Program. Each year, the Lufkin Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Lufkin area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Lufkin Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Lufkin Award Program and data provided by third parties. About Lufkin Award Program The Lufkin Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Lufkin area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Lufkin Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.




New Member of the Ellen Trout Zoo arrives - Paddy the White Rhinoceros

Paddy White RhinocerosPaddy the female White Rhinoceros arrived at the Ellen Trout Zoo Tuesday morning, September 23rd, after a trip from Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida.

This move was a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and follows the move of Stormy from the Ellen Trout Zoo to the North Carolina Zoo last June.

Paddy weighs 4300 pounds and is 19 years old. She was born at Lion Country Safari and will be paired with Bwana the 20 year old male currently at the Ellen Trout Zoo. The current SSP population is 195 (82 males and 113 females) at 51 institutions.


Once again, this was quite a process and involved several entities. We have to thank Steve Poskey, Street Superintendent, Ramon Johnson, Water and Sewer Superintendent, Trey Henderson, Angelina Hardwood Sales, Burt Hairgrove, George H. Henderson, Jr. Exposition Center Director, Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo and Zoo Staffers for enabling the transfer of Paddy from the truck to the exhibit.


Paddy will be getting used to her new surroundings for a while before she is allowed to go on exhibit.


The Ellen Trout Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is the Wildest Place in Town and YOUR Place to Connect to the Natural World!





Zoo Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


June 2, 2014 - The Ellen Trout Zoo received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor signifying that the Zoo consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions the Zoo has earned on TripAdvisor over the past year says Marc Charron, President, TripAdvisor for Business. .



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