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Welcome to Capital of Texas Zoo

Our Business Friends

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About Us

 

. The Capital of Texas Zoo is one of Greater Austin's and Bastrop's most exciting adventures! Just 20 minutes east of downtown Austin, the Zoo is home to over 500 rare and beautiful wild animals. The Capital of Texas Zoo is the largest and fastest growing zoo in Central Texas. We have over 400 family members who buy a yearly family membership, so they can visit numerous times throughout the year!  


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Come and Meet "Tank the Hippo!" 

When Tank was 1  1/2 he weighed around 800 pounds. He has grown to an EXTRAORDINARY 4000 pounds!!   

Fortunately, he is not a lap Hippo  :)

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 Our Zoo is small compared to places like San Antonio or Houston, but we are a pretty, intimate little place with happy and healthy animals.  We have breeding programs for fourteen endangered species here, and  this is our main reason for existing. Most people love us. Give us a chance, and we predict you will love us, too!  

Tank the hIPPO gENDER reveal

TANK SAYS, "IT'S A BOY!"

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CONGRADULATIONS TO JONATHAN AND BRIDGETTE JOSEPH!

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEW LITTLE ZOO MEMBER!

RYLAN JOSEPH WILL ARRIVE MARCH 23, 2020  

THANK YOU FOR LETTING US CELEBRATE THIS SPECIAL DAY WITH YOU! 

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December 2019

Zoo Lights

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Capital of Texas Zoo

Event Details

December 2019

Zoo Lights

Capital of Texas Zoo Presents: Zoo Lights  

Kids under 12 are FREE, Cookies, Hot Cocoa, Pictures with Santa and walk through our Winter Wonderland!

December 20, 21, 22, 23 extended hours on these nights 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

*We will not have extended hours on 

December 14, we will be in the Bastrop Parade, come look for us!*


Otter Show 5:30 & 7:30 pm

Big Cat Feeding 6:30 pm

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Capital of Texas Zoo

March 7, 2020

Capital of Texas Zoo's Boots & Bling Gala Ball

6pm - 10pm

Hampton Inn and Suites Bastrop, Texas

Event Details

March 7, 2020

Capital of Texas Zoo's Boots & Bling Gala Ball

Shine up your Boots and wear your best Bling! 


Come join us our first annual CTZ Boots & Bling Gala, scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020! Two step to the Clayton Adams Band, Beverages & Bar-B-Q Buffet, Live & Silent Auctions and take pictures with some of our Zoo Furries!


We are raising money for a new, and much bigger exhibit for our Himalayan Black Bears. We want to bring awareness to and financially help some of the groups working to rescue these bears out of the horrendous bile farms located in Vietnam and other South East Asian Countries! ~ Michael Hicks


We will also be helping the Turtle Survival Alliance.


3 of our Jr. Keepers will recieve Book Scholarships!


Keep checking back for more information!!


Ticket Prices

* Please include 8.25% tax to your transaction and very detailed information with "Boots & Bling Gala".  Thank You!


Individual Tickets $39.00 


VIP Table of 4 tickets $250.00 Turtle Survival Alliance Table 

*This package includes name or company logo on CTZ website for 6 months and special recognition at Gala.


VIP Table of 8 tickets $475.00 Moon Bear Conservation 

*This package includes sponsor name or company logo on CTZ website for 1 year, carved stone with sponsor name to be incorperated into new exhibit, and special recognition at Gala.


6pm - 10pm

Hampton Inn and Suites Bastrop, Texas

PEACOCK PAVILION WEDDINGS AND EVENt's CENTER

Book a Wedding

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We are Accepting Bookings!

Reasonable prices for any type of Venue!

NEW EVENT CENTER

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Peacock Pavilion has beautiful touches to enhance any occasion!

Happily Ever After

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Who will be our next couple? This could be you! Say "I DO" at Capital of Texas Zoo! *Book Today*

Peacock Pavilion

Come Take a look at our "New" Events Center

Having an Event?  We can host Corporate Event's, Wedding's, Birthday's, Quinceañera's, Life Celebration's, Family Reunion's and much more!!  In our beautiful 26' x 39' Event Center, we can seat 100 people in the Peacock Pavilion and can accommodate another 50 for seating out side the Pavilion. 


The Peacock Pavilion is  located on our 27 acre Zoo in Cedar Creek, Texas the heart of Bastrop County!  To find out more call or email us today for appointments and pricing, we have package deals to fit every size event big or small!  


We are a proud part of Bastrop County Bridal Extravaganza and in April of 2019, we were part of Bastrop's very first Bridal Show at the Hampton Inn, so don't delay we are looking forward to making your WILDEST dreams come true! 


Birthday Party's in the Peacock Pavilion

For a two hour block, $200.00 for the first 30 people. Only $5.00 for each additional person. $20.00 for a bucket of petting zoo food (75% off normal cost).  $50.00 deposit of  to hold date, remaining balance due on day of Event. Deposit is NON-Refundable! 


Please, for the safety of our residents, do not bring balloons, plastic straws, pinatas, or cascarones, or other items that can find their way into the exhibits.   


Food and coolers are welcome!

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Everything you need to know



Volunteering

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  We are searching for people who want to show their love of wildlife and conservation, and are willing to show this love by becoming one of our volunteers.  Our volunteers are one of the most important assets of the Capital of Texas Zoo.

Our volunteers work hand in hand with the zoo staff in all aspects of the zoo’s operation, from assisting zoo visitors, presenting educational programs, helping zookeepers with animal care, assisting horticulture staff with maintaining the botanical collection, and providing a safe and fun atmosphere for our patrons. There are a wide variety of opportunities available. 

Currently we are searching for responsible people who can volunteer a minimum of 1 or 2 days per month, we have found that most volunteers fall in love with our animals and in turn devote 2-4 days a month to the zoo.

All potential volunteers are interviewed, and all volunteers must complete a new volunteer orientation and tuberculosis screening prior to beginning service. Volunteers are chosen based upon the needs of the zoo. Some positions have specific age or previous experience requirements, as noted in the descriptions.

Jr. Keeper Program

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Are you at least 13, and thinking about a career with animals?

If you answered yes to these questions then come join the Capital of Texas Zoo as a volunteer Junior Keeper. A great resume builder for college applicants.

Junior Keepers work side by side with a zookeeper in many of the areas of running a zoo, and also learning some cool animal facts and animal behaviors. Of course, this means expect to do everything from scooping poop to feeding a baby animal!

Junior Keepers are encouraged to come to the zoo as often as possible, as long as it has been coordinated with one of the staff.


Time Requirement

We ask that Junior Keepers commit to one year of volunteering. Junior Keepers are expected to work a minimum of two days a month during the winter, and one day a week during the summer, and to work at least

For safety reasons, Junior Keepers must be responsible and follow direction!

Donationas

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The Capital of Texas Zoological Society is a non-profit, tax exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) support organization. Your cash or in-kind donations to help the Capital of Texas Zoological Society are tax deductible.

Donations are used for some rescue work (the zoo currently houses about 50 rescue animals now).  Our main focus is on the conservation of endangered species, whether in a responsible breeding program here at the Zoo, or for an in situ conservation program in another country.  For example, currently the Capital of Texas Zoo is engaged in developing a project in China to help the highly endangered Chinese Alligator.  The Capital of Texas Zoo cooperates with Zoos around the world for the protection and continuance of animals needing assistance for survival.

Cash donations of any size are appreciated and serve a great cause.




ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

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 Days available and prices:

AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK:

DINGO PUPPY ENCOUNTER:  

$9.25 person

Capital of Texas Zoo is currently the only zoo in the U.S breeding AUSTRALIAN DINGOES, considered endangered due to hybridizing with feral domestic dogs. Our puppies, born January 2018, are incredible cute and friendly! One of our staff will take you into their habitat, where you may interact with, pet, and take some amazing pictures! 


CROCODILE FEEDING:

$9.25 person

 Feed our big Nile crocodile, Snappy, his daily ration of chicken, with the help of staff (and a long PVC pole!) Snappy has been with us since he was a six inch baby, and now approaches 9 ft. Be amazed as this prehistoric creature hauls himself out of his pool to grab his food with a powerful snap! (hence his name!) 


AVAILABLE THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY:

HIPPO ENCOUNTER: 

$9.25 person

Tank the hippo loves attention! We call him from his pool, and he lumbers over, all 4000 pounds, close to the enclosure barrier, where he opens his mouth and you toss his treats in! SPECTACULAR!


LEMUR ENCOUNTER:  

$9.25person

Our sweet little lemurs, King Julian, Lolita, and Terry, come right over to the edge of their habitat and take bananas right out of your hand! No one should miss this!


CAMEL ENCOUNTER

$9.25 person

Staff takes you right over to our big friendly Camel, Moses, Where you feed him from a bucket, and pose for pictures with him. If you have never been close to a camel, you have to do this! He's NINE FEET TALL!! 



NEW ENCOUNTERS, COME CHECK THEM OUT!

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 JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING BREAK 2019 NEW, FUN, AND EXCITING!!! 


GUINEA PIG ENCOUNTER :

 $ 9.25 per person price lowers to 

$ 5.00 after the first child in group!


Fun comes in small packages!!!! Geared for Toddlers this encounter is a sure hit for your little one to enjoy as they sit on a stool and feed our little fluff darlings!  This is a sure way to get smiles, giggles, laughter and some pretty amazing photo's too!


FALLOW DEER ENCOUNTER :

$ 9.25 per person

Fall in love with these amazing deer as they come right up and gently eat out of your hand! 

 


MINIATURE DONKEY ENCOUNTER: 

$6.25 person.  Go in the paddock with Jack, our friendly male donkey, and his three girlfriends, where you can pet and feed them. Jack especially loves having his butt scratched! 

 

PRAIRIE DOG ENCOUNTER:

$6.25 person 

Staff will take you right out into the middle of our prairie dog town, where you can feed them, hear their amazing vocalizations, and get up close and personal (no touching allowed)  

 

Baby Otter Show

11:30 am & 2:30 pm

Available on weekends and all BASTROP ISD and AUSTIN ISD school holiday's including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!


Big Cat Feeding:

"Free Viewing "

Be totally amazed as the "Zoo Man"

Michael Hicks himself demonstrates the power and  majesty of these spectacular mammals .


This is only available at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

School Holidays and 

Spring Break!

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Capital of Texas Zoo

376 A Jenkins Rd. Cedar Creek, Texas 78612, United States

Please do not leave messages on this phone (512) 303 - 6675, this is for general information only. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily SPEAK DIRECTLY TO: Michael Hicks / Director- (512) 657 - 2682 Shelli Miller / Event's Coordinator- (512) 545 - 6136

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09:00 am – 05:00 pm

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09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Wed

09:00 am – 05:00 pm

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09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Fri

09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Sat

09:00 am – 05:00 pm

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09:00 am – 05:00 pm

WE ARE OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR, 7 DAYS A WEEK...RAIN OR SHINE!


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