Amarillo Zoo
Where more than imaginations run WILD!

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'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.

National Zookeepers Week

National Zookeepers Week
July 21-25, 2014

Amarillo Zoo Honors a Profession of Dedication During National Zoo Keeper Week

In recognition of the dedication of zoo keepers, the Amarillo Zoo is joining the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and zoos around the nation in celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week (July 20-26, 2014). Created by AAZK, National Zoo Keeper Week is celebrated each year beginning on the third Sunday in July. During the week, zoos nationwide honor approximately 7,000 animal care professionals in the United States and the work they do in animal care, conservation, and education.

During the week, zoo staff will be highlighting some of the work performed by professional zoo keepers. Visitors are invited to come out and meet our zoo staff and learn more about the profession of zoo keeping.  Each day there will be a different activity including keeper chats, animal enrichment activities, displays on animal diets, handling equipment and more. Check at the Zoo’s admission booth when you arrive to see the times and locations of that day’s activity.


Monday, July 21                 1:30 pm          Lemur Enrichment Activity

Tuesday, July 22                1:30 pm          Hoof stock Enrichment Activity

Wednesday, July 23          1:30 pm          Spur Tortoise Keeper Chat

Thursday, July 24              1:30 pm          Snake Encounter

Friday, July 25                    1:30 pm          Kangaroo Enrichment Activity


Also during the week there will be special exhibits set up in the Zoo’s education center on animal diets and equipment keepers use in the performance of their job.

To show your support for the Zoo and the Keepers you can purchase a special gift for one of your favorite Zoo animals at our wish list.

Just like our human friends, animals can be tricky to buy for. So we’ve made it simple to find just the right gift for your favorite animal at the Amarillo Zoo. Now you can purchase a gift for the animals from our wish list, and the item will be shipped directly to the zoo! Gifts are available for a wide variety of animals, from bobcats to kangaroos, to lions or lemurs.

Visit and search for the Amarillo Zoo’s animal wish list to see what you can get one of our Zoo friends!


The Amarillo Zoo is located inside Thompson Park at NE 24th Ave and Dumas Highway. For more information call 806-381-7911 or visit the Zoo’s website at

Admission – Free with general admission to the Zoo

Show Your Stripes at International Tiger Day!

Show Your Stripes at International Tiger Day!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
9:30am – 3:00pm

Learn all about tigers and the efforts underway to protect these endangered cats in the wild. Kids can have their face painted in tiger stripes, watch and listen to keeper chats and enrichment activities for the Zoo’s two Bengal tigers. Visit exhibits to learn what you can do to help save this magnificent species.

Admission – Free with general admission to the Zoo

Chill Out with the Animals

Chill Out with the Animals!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Amarillo summers are hot, but the Amarillo Zoo will be a cool place to be on Saturday, August 9th. Come out and see how the animals beat the heat. Zoo staff will be giving the animals tasty chilled treats to cool down in the midday heat. The bobcats will enjoy frozen blood pops while the black bears will cherish blocks of ice filled with fresh berries. Lemurs and monkeys will be treated to chilled jello treats filled with tasty goodies that will encourage them to lick and nibble to free the tidbits hidden inside.

Admission – Free with general admission to the Zoo