Children’s Animal Center

For the Young, and The Young at Heart

10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Conservation Up-Close

Located halfway through your drive at the Overlook, you’ll find the Children’s Animal Center (CAC). View and compare the behavior of domestic species like sheep and goats with both native and exotic animals like tortoises and black-footed cats. Take extra time with some of the species we’re helping to save in the wild through our conservation breeding initiatives.


Before you go, make sure to head around the side of the building past the outdoor section of the animal enclosures. There you'll find the Texas Trail, a short hiking path that circles our American Red Wolf enclosure. The quieter you are, the more likely you are to spot them!

Go a little farther and you'll reach Mark's Nature Trail, a short, easy walking trail with a reading nook at the center. 

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