Frank Buck Zoo

Get Closer to Nature at the Best Little Zoo in Texas

The Frank Buck Zoo is home to more than 130 animals and is accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA). Experience a "giraffe's eye view" from the elevated walkway that surrounds the mixed-species African savannah exhibit.


Animals On Exhibit
African spurred tortoise, alpaca, American alligator, Arabian camel, Asian small-clawed otter, Bennett's wallaby, black vulture, blue-crowned conure, Burmese python, cheetah, clouded leopard, coyote, Geoffroy's cat, flamingos, great horned owl, helmeted guinea fowl, leopard tortoise, lesser rhea, miniature zebu, miniature horse, military macaw, Nubian ibex, ostrich, Patagonia cavy, Pygmy goats, red fox, red-ruffed lemur, Reeves' muntjac, reticulated giraffe, ringtailed coati, ringtailed lemur, spotted donkey, squirrel monkey, Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, whistling ducks, yellow-naped amazon

Petting Zoo
Bring quarters to feed the Pygmy goats with feed available for purchase at the vending machines. Available until the machines are empty.

Private Guided Tours with Red River AAZK
Learn all about our animals from the ones that care for them first hand! Proceeds from these tours help us raise funds for select conservation projects, both locally & internationally, and provide enrichment for the animals at the zoo. Tours are offered at 10:00 am each Saturday and Sunday, reservations are required. To find out more and make your reservation, visit the Frank Buck Zoo website.

Private Parties
Enjoy your next birthday party or gathering on the zoo's trellised, elevated dining deck. This package includes the reserved use of the party deck for your specified time, a twenty-minute small animal encounter, goat feeding, and all-day admission to the zoo.

Gift Shop
The Frank Buck Zoo gift shop acts as the admission office. Purchase tickets and annual passes, local Texas-made items, a variety of Fair Trade items from around the world, stuffed animals, interesting toys and games, snacks, drinks, and stroller & scooter rentals.

Open daily from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Last ticket sold at 3:30 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day



1000 W. California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240
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Phone Number
Admission/Gift Shop  (940) 668-4539
Program Coordinator (940) 668-4533
Administrative Office  (940) 668-4533

Please visit the website for a full list of programs, camps, volunteer opportunities, and community events.


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