Opened in 1983, Caldwell Zoo was created with a unique vision and a love for children in mind. Sitting on 250 acres of land, this beautiful animal haven started out with many habitats, including areas for giraffes, elephants, big cats, and more. Over the years, Caldwell Zoo has added many features and other exotic animals. Today, visitors can enjoy sanctuaries for rhinos, black bears, white tigers, crocodiles, exotic birds, such as flamingos, kiwis, and even black-footed penguins.
Families can go and watch animal feedings and live shows. The zoo also has an indoor reptile exhibit, featuring many different exotic snakes, poisonous frogs, tarantulas, and other arachnid and reptilian species.
Enjoy panoramic views of a 3 acre re-created African Savanna habitat. View zebra, giraffe, kudu, warthogs, impala, Soemmerring's gazelles and even an ostrich roaming the this beautiful open habitat. Majestic African elephants complete this sanctuary. On the far side, visitors can spot African lions, often sunbathing in their exhibit.
Caldwell Zoo’s American plains, include gorgeous white-tailed deer, bison, Texas longhorns and even wild turkeys. Around the pond, you’ll see a plethora of water fowl, sandhill cranes, and active turtles. Continuing through their North America habitat will bring you to a family of coatis, red fox, bald eagles, river otters, mountain lions, ocelot and bobcats. Stroll around the alligator pond, where you might spot an alligator catching some sun.
Entering the zoo grounds, you find squirrel monkeys leaping through the trees, while roseate spoonbills, swans and crested screamers glide around the pond. Strolling through the South America habitat, you’ll spot beautiful pink Chilean flamingos balancing on one leg or wading in the water. The noisy macaws will catch your attention, before you actually see them perched in their trees. Continuing on the path, you will find cotton-top and golden lion tamarins, giant anteaters, capybaras, king vultures and scarlet ibis.
Kids can enjoy the walk-in bird park and buy seed sticks to hand-feed the birds, for just $1. The petting zoo offers a place where kids can mix and mingle with live goats and even feed them, too. Caldwell Zoo offers spring and summer camps, where they explore animal habitats, search or animals that don't "belong" to the zoo, and build bird houses.
Caldwell Zoo even offers specific classes for homeschool students to earn special credits and to become educated about animals and wildlife. Visit their website for information on registration.
Caldwell Zoo offers memberships for individuals and families, that also get you discounts at other zoos across the country. You can even pay an extra small annual membership fee to have a guest come with you, each time you visit.
Caldwell Zoo is a great place to take the family, summer camp or church group. Call us today for a van rental to the zoo in Tyler, TX!
For more information, visit: www.caldwellzoo.org