Caldwell Zoo

Caldwell Zoo started 1937 when David King Caldwell opened a Child Development Laboratory at his home. The playschool – complete with parrots, monkeys, squirrels and more – was a huge hit that soon grew to host a variety of animals and span a patchwork of buildings and land. Mr. Caldwell’s vision of a proper zoo for the children of east Texas was realized in 1953 when Caldwell Zoo officially opened on the site it occupies today.

Completion of a master plan in 1976 provided a new entrance complex, elephant facility, giraffe barn and other animal environments. A 15-acre native Texas area and Texas farm opened in 1983, followed by the Texas reptile and aquarium building. In 1987, the Zoo added hoofstock barns, a modern elephant facility.

Today, Caldwell Zoo is located on 85 acres and is home to a dozen endangered species, including the cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, black-footed penguins and black rhinoceros. Over 2,000 animals reside at Caldwell Zoo.

Caldwell Zoo is cherished by the people of east Texas and beyond as a beautiful, fun place for children and adults to learn about wildlife – a place made possible by D.K. Caldwell.


March – Labor Day 9:00am – 5:00pm
After Labor Day – February 9:00am – 4:00pm


  • Children 2 and younger – FREE
  • Children 3-12 – $6.40
  • Adults 13-54 – $9.20
  • Seniors 55 and over – $7.60

Phone#- 903-593-0121

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