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Per Governor Abbott’s executive order: Masks are required in all indoor spaces of the Zoo including: Zootique Gift Shop, Saltwater Aquarium, Freshwater Aquarium, Herpetarium, Brazos at Night and Restrooms. Masks are required for animal safety in the following outdoor areas: Asian Forest, Jaguar and Bobcat exhibits and in all other areas where social distancing of 6ft or more from another person not in the same household is not possible.

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Cameron Park Zoo is located at 1701 North 4th Street, Waco, Texas, 76707, it may also be reached from University Parks Drive and is fully accessible.

The Zoo’s main phone number is (254)750-8400.

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Zoo Hours

Monday through Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
**Last entrance at 4:30 p.m. **

Admission fees:

  • Adults(13+) – $12.50
  • Children 3-12 yrs – $9.50
  • Sr. Citizens (60+) – $11.50
  • Children 2 years old and under – free

Military discount available.

Group discounts available:
In order to receive the group discount, groups must be scheduled in advance and one person will need to pay for the entire group. For tour groups (senior citizens, church, motorcoach, etc.) & school groups, please visit our Group Trips Information page for information about registering your group.

Cameron Park Zoo is fully accessible.

Phone 254-750-8400 for general information.

Purchase Your Tickets Online and check in at the membership entrance!

By entering Cameron Park Zoo, visitors agree not to commercially use any photography or reproduction in any form taken during any visits to the Cameron Park Zoo, and the visitor grants permission to the Cameron Park Zoo and its agents to utilize Visitor’s image, likeness and/or sound recordings for the purpose whatsoever in perpetuity. For detailed information regarding the Zoo’s photography policy or to request photo/film/video for commercial purposes, please contact Duane McGregor, Marketing Manager, at duanem@cameronparkzoo.com .


Changes in the Zoo

Since some animals are susceptible to human to animal transmission of COVID-19, the following areas will be modified:
Asian Forest (Orangutans, Tigers, and Komodo Dragons) -(Masks required)
Jaguar Habitat-(Masks required)
Bobcat Habitat-(Masks required)
Squirrel Monkey Habitat-Modified
Behind the Scenes Tours

Since some animals are susceptible to human to animal transmission of COVID-19, the following areas will be closed:

Lemur Exhibit- Closed due to low lake level
Gibbon Exhibit- Closed due to low lake level
Giraffe Feeding
Tortoise Encounters
Shore Bird Feeding


Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Updates & Protocols

Will it be possible to follow social distancing protocols inside the Zoo?
Yes, absolutely. We’ve made some changes inside the park to allow all Zoo staff, volunteers, and guests to appropriately social distance. You will see markers at the entrance areas as well as signage throughout the Zoo to remind you to follow these guidelines.

Is it safe to visit the Zoo?
The changes we have put in place are meant to create the safest possible environment for everyone at the Zoo, including our visitors, staff, volunteers, and the animals in our care. We ask that everyone follow social distancing protocols and other posted guidelines throughout the Zoo, as well as respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.

What are you doing to keep the animals safe?
Animal care staff will continue to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during their shifts to keep our animals safe. Additionally, all of our zoologists, managers, animal commissary technician and veterinarian staff will continue using PPE anytime they are working with our animals, their food, or anything else the animals may come in contact with.

Do I have to wear a mask? What about my kids?
Per Governor Abbott’s executive order: Masks are required for anyone 10 years of age and older in all indoor spaces of the Zoo including: Zootique Gift Shop, Plaza Cafe, Saltwater Aquarium, Freshwater Aquarium, Herpetarium, Brazos at Night exhibit and Restrooms. Masks are required for the protection of the animals in the following outdoor spaces: Asian Forest, Jaguar and Bobcat exhibits and in all areas where social distancing of 6ft or more from another person not in the same household is not possible.

View the Governor’s Checklist for Zoos & Aquariums

For more information please visit: https://covidwaco.com/


Can I bring food and beverages into the zoo?
We do allow outside food and drinks into the Zoo. No alcohol, glass containers, or plastic lids & straws (to go cups) are allowed. Bags and Coolers are subject to inspection by Zoo Staff. Please do not share your food with the animals, your food can be harmful to them.

Are there any items not permitted in the Zoo? 
Yes, we do not allow balloons for the safety of the animals. We also do not permit wheel based recreational items like: bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skates, power wheels, ride on toys, etc.

Is the zoo open year round?
The zoo is open year-round. We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. When planning a visit to the Zoo, be sure to check our weather factors page to see what animals may remain off exhibit.

Does the zoo have wheelchairs or electric carts available?
The zoo has a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for rental through admissions for a $10.00 fee. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first come, first served basis. We also have a limited number of Scooterbug (ECV’s) available for rent through our admissions booth. The fee is $27.06 to rent for the duration of your Zoo visit.

Does the zoo have wagon rentals?
The Zoo has 2-seater push safari wagons available for rent at admissions for a $10.00 fee. We have a limited inventory and provide these items on a first come, first served basis. We recommend arriving early to secure one.

I am a member of another zoo, can I use my membership to enter Cameron Park Zoo for free?
If your current membership is held with a Zoo that participates in a reciprocal program with Cameron Park Zoo, you will receive a discounted general admission ticket. You must bring your membership card with you to receive discounted admission. You can check our list of reciprocal institutions. Click here for a list of the zoos we are reciprocal with.

Does the zoo have a Lost and Found?
Yes, our Lost and Found is located in the center admissions booth.

Do you allow pets into the zoo?
No, for the health and safety reasons for the animals in our collection, pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds. The only exception to this policy is service dogs.
For the safety of your animals, no animals should be left in your vehicle while you tour the Zoo. (City of Waco ordinance Sec. 5-121)

“Sec. 5-121. – Animals in motor vehicles.

No person shall leave any animal in any standing or parked vehicle in such a way as to intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence endanger the animal’s health, safety or welfare. An animal control officer, police officer or park ranger is authorized to use reasonable force to remove the animal from the vehicle whenever it appears that the animal’s health, safety or welfare is or will be endangered if the owner of the vehicle cannot be located after reasonable attempts. The animal shall be taken to the animal shelter or to a veterinarian if the animal is in distress. A written notice bearing the name of the officer removing the animal, a telephone number where he can be contacted and the location where the animal may be claimed by the owner shall be attached to the vehicle. Any person violating this section shall bear the full cost and expense incurred by the city in the care, medical treatment, impoundment cost and disposal of the animal, including the removal from a vehicle.”

Do you charge for parking?
There is no charge for parking.

When are the best times to visit the zoo?
The busiest days at the Zoo are generally Saturday, Sunday and days when large groups are scheduled. The months of April and May are busiest with field trips from open until lunch time. Call 254-750-8400 to check the number of groups scheduled.

Things to remember to keep yourself and our animals safe:

  • Do not feed the animals
  • Respect all barriers- The Zoo is the animals’ home. Please treat the Zoo and the animals with respect.
  • Wash Your hands
  • Do not touch your face and refrain from touching things throughout the Zoo
  • Maintain Appropriate Social Distancing – 6 feet for Safety
  • Consider buying your tickets or membership online to have a contact free entrance.
  • Please bring all necessary medications required for anyone in your party. Zoo personnel are not allowed to administer medication.
  • Flowers and trees make our zoo beautiful. Please respect nature and our staffs’ efforts.
  • For their safety, please supervise children in the restroom.