Austin’s Best Kept Secret?

With my latest book published, I needed a break. Being an award-winning, yet starving author/photographer, I wanted to find something fun and inexpensive to do. I love animals and taking their pictures, so my daughter and I decided to visit the Austin Zoo (only $9!).

No, it can’t compare to the San Diego Zoo (which costs a whole lot more), but the Austin Zoo, located just SW of the city limits, does have some beautiful animals (see photos below), a great layout and no crowds! The Austin Zoo must be Austin’s best kept secret!

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Young peacock

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Eli is a Wolf Hybrid rescued from deplorable conditions after Hurricane Ike.

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Juliette is a 20 year old Patas Monkey

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Meet Maddie, a 5 year old Mountain Coati

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Capuchin Monkey

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26-year old Capuchin Monkey named Mulder.

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Peacock

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18 year old Solomon

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Male Peacock

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12-year-old Caesar, the Bengal Tiger.

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Caesar, 12-year-old tiger

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Taz, 19 year old White Nosed Coatimundi

That’s why I was shocked to learn they had recently been robbed. The thieves took money desperately needed to feed the animals and provide them vet care – a lion pictured above and a giant tortoise (not photographed) are undergoing vet care right now. If you know anything about this, the zoo is offering a $5000 reward. Below is their posting:

$5,000 Reward!

Austin Zoo friends, we need your help! We’re offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the person or persons that broke into our offices and stole cash and valuable equipment valued in excess of $25,000. Please contact us at 512 288 1490 or info@austinzoo.org with any information. Thanks for the tremendous support!

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