Zoo Increases Admission Fees

Zoo Increases Admission Fees

By Jo Ann Wilson - Marketing & Development Coordinator - Abilene Zoo

 

 

 

ABILENE, TEXAS – Abilene Zoo officials announced that as of Wednesday, October 9, all admission fees will increase by $1. This is the first increase in three years. “It’s very expensive to operate a zoo,” noted Bill Gersonde, Zoo Director. “Animal food alone runs us $170,000 a year, and veterinary care to keep our animals healthy runs $135,000. We have 27 full-time employees to take care of animals, grounds, gardens and buildings,” he added. The new fees are still a bargain at $6 for adults 13-59, seniors 60 and above are $5, and children 3-12 are $3.50. Children 2 and under are admitted free. 100% of all gate, gift shop, and concessions go directly back into maintaining and improving the zoo. {{more}}The zoo offers several promotional days throughout the year where admission is either free or discounted. These include Two Buck Tuesdays in January and February, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. School groups from AISD and Wylie are admitted free. And Zoolute to Dyess held in May offers free admission to all active and retired military. About the Abilene Zoo:The Abilene Zoo is home to over 900 animals from 250 species. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid’s activities, including camps, education classes, birthday parties and Behind the Scenes Tours. The Abilene Zoo is open 7 days a week, come rain or shine, from 9 am until 5 pm, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. Last admission is at 4:30 pm. www.abilenezoo.org. 325-676-6085.