An Abilene Zoo membership is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. It is a gift that you can use for an entire year! Included with your annual membership is the opportunity to visit other zoos through the reciprocial zoo program for free or a discounted rate. You can read a few reasons why the Butlers love the zoo here.
Do you have an animal enthusiast on your list? If you want to give a really impressive gift, how about a VIP Reptile Tour to visit the zoo’s herpetarium or VIP Animal Care Tour to see behind the scenes in the zoo’s commisary. There is also a VIP Rhino Tour!  ($30 non members/$25 members) This gift would WOW any zoo fan!

Want to plan a family day as a gift? How about the zoo’s new Zoo Fun Pack? It’s a great way to fully experience the zoo! The fun pack includes admission, girraffe terrace, carousel and train! ($10 kids under 12 and younger/$12 teens and adults) Zoo Fun Packs come in cute tickets that are perfect to fill stockings!


The zoo is releasing a new program for all young animal lovers. The Junior Keeper experience is open to children 8 years old and older. It is a 90-minute one-on-one workshift that allows you to work along side a zookeeper to gain a full experience. There will be an opportunity to feed and care for animals like snakes and lizards. There are a limited number of Junior Keeper spots available so make sure you do not wait! This is certainly an experience of a lifetime! If you purchase in the gift shop before December 22nd, there will be a gift certificate and plush animal to wrap for under the tree!

There are a variety of other great gifts you can find at the zoo gift shop too.


1-Crystal Growing kit $15.99
2-Zoo Animals: 2 for $30
3-Critter Clinic $49.99
4-Hatchin’ Grow Gator $3.99


The Annual Giving Tree can also be found in the zoo gift shop. It is a great way to donate specifically to the zoo animals. There are different ornaments with various sponsorship levels available, or you can adopt an animal for $50. Go pick an ornament and help support our zoo!


I hope you found some great gift ideas today from The Abilene Zoo! If you need a few more ideas make sure you check out my recent local gift guides: Kids, Men and Women. 

I am so excited the Abilene Zoo has generously given us a few prizes to giveaway! Would you like to win a ZOO MEMBERSHIP, VIP PASS, Or ZOO FUN PACK (for one adult and one child). Click HERE to enter! Also follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for more opportunities to enter. GOOD LUCK!!

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