August 19th: Caldwell Zoo Zooper Days: Leapin’ Lizards Day

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Education Made Super Fun

Located on 85 beautiful acres in Tyler and longtime a favorite for all ages, Caldwell Zoo has more than 3,400 animals to amaze and educate your whole family. You’ll discover animals roaming over plains, swimming in ponds, or climbing trees in multi-species environments carefully created to represent their natural North American, South American, or East African habitats.

Several unique areas include African Savanna, which features lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras. In the North American area you will see sleek mountain lions, majestic bald eagles, and roaming bison. Don’t forget to visit Tyler and Timber, Caldwell Zoo’s black bears.

The South America section offers attractions like the world’s largest rodent, giant anteaters, colorful macaws, and squirrel monkeys. In the African Aquarium you will find black-footed penguins, cichlid fish, tortoises, African gray parrots, rock hyrax, and more. The North American Herpetarium is home to an array of fishes, snakes, frogs, and lizards from our continent, in addition to amazing tarantulas from around the globe.

The Wild Bird Walkabout is a favorite place to get up close and personal with a huge variety of birds, both small and big. You can even enjoy a conversation with a parakeet or give a cockatiel a snack. The Wild Bird Walkabout is a free-flight aviary with more than 600 gorgeous birds that you can feed and interact with.

One of Caldwell Zoo’s missions is to preserve and protect animals. As part of that mission the zoo is home to a dozen endangered species including the cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, black-footed penguins, and black rhinoceros. In addition to the species listed as endangered, the zoo houses numerous animals that are threatened, the population is at risk of becoming endangered. Coatis and bald eagles are currently on the list of threatened species.

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Small children can enjoy the petting area, which is a kid-friendly spot with sand to play in and tunnels to climb through. A highlight of this area is an old red truck that used to belong to Mr. D. K. Caldwell, the founder of Caldwell Zoo. The truck has been recently refurbished for a second time. It seems that the truck is so loved that the maintenance folks have to fix it rather regularly.

Caldwell Zoo offers numerous extra-special Zooper Days throughout the year. Events are free with zoo admission and do not require advance registration.

  • August 19th (1:30-3:30pm) – Leapin’ Lizards Day will be held in the African Huts for some reptilian fun.
  • September 15th (5-8pm) – Members’ Only Evening At The Zoo – Zoo members are welcome to enjoy a special evening at the zoo.
  • September 31st-October 1st (9am-4pm) – Phone Book Recycle Days – Help our Earth and get free admission to the zoo. Bring an old, out-dated phone book to be recycled and receive one free admission for each phone book recycled. Admission good for the day of the event only.

Tickets are priced in several levels. Caldwell Zoo Members and children two and younger are free. Children 3-12 tickets are $8.95, adults 13-54 are $12.95, and seniors 55 and over are $10.95. Groups of 15 or more are eligible for discounted group admission pricing. You can become a member by downloading a form at

Membership levels are Individual for $49.95, which offers unlimited admission for one adult member. Family memberships are $109.95 and offer unlimited admission for one or two adult members and their children or grandchildren age 18 and under. You can add a guest for $38.95, which allows you to bring one non-member guest every zoo visit. Must be accompanied by member.

Caldwell Zoo is open March – Labor Day 9am-5pm and after Labor Day – February 9am-4pm. It is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tyler, (903)593-0121. For more info go to

Parking is always free. Picnics and coolers are allowed in the designated picnic areas only, located adjacent to the parking lot outside the Zoo entrance.

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