The original zoo (Central Texas Zoological Park) in Waco was founded in 1955. In 1989, a county- wide bond was issued to enlarge the zoo and construct a 52-acre locale in Cameron Park along the Brazos River for the brand new zoo (The Cameron Park Zoo). The new zoo opened for the public on July 18. 1993. The renown Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited the Cameron Park Zoo, assuring the park maintains the highest standards, providing a natural habitat with proper care and management. The zoo is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.There are over 1,173 animals with some 300 species living at Cameron Park Zoo.
Near the entrance is a delightful gift shop offering mementos for family or friends. Wagon rentals are available for those with small children, eliminating the need to carry those little tykes.
Bamboo plants are growing along the roadway, as thick as a forest and standing about a story tall. A lovely little area juts out along a nice small pond where small turtles can be seen swimming or floating on logs.Throughout the park abundant native plant life, including awesome cattails grow near spectacular waterfalls, serene ponds and lakes.
Gibbons Island is one of the first stops in the park where the White-handed Gibbons are found. Other interesting birds that can be seen are the Bald Eagle, King Vultures and Parrots. Lemur Island provides a sizeable open area where white-tailed lemurs entertain visitors. Huge Tortoises can be seen walking around in their own special habitat. The bat house is incredible with many different species of bats flying around or hanging freely in their own little corner of the world.
Brazos River Country has a 50,000 gallon saltwater aquarium where visitors can sit and watch the inhabitants in a very peaceful setting. The sizeable swampland area is breathtaking, with gators swimming around or resting in the water. In the Asian Forest visitors can watch the Komodo Dragons, Orangutans (endangered species), and the striking Sumatran tigers swimming in their personal swimming hole. Bears, Elephants, Giraffes, Rhinos, Meerkats, Kudus, Dik-Diks, Cougars, and Coyotes are just a few of the many other animals found at the Cameron Park Zoo. The park is located at 1701 N. 4th Street, Waco, Texas and is open year round for more information visit: http://www.cameronparkzoo.com