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Amarillo Zoo – Lions, Tigers & Bears

The opportunity to get up close and personal with a snake may not be part of the traditional list of summer plans – compared to hitting the beach or jumping into a swimming pool.

However, the Amarillo Zoo is unique. And the Amarillo Zoo’s summer plans offer a wide array of exciting events and activities. And yes – touching a snake is on the list.

Since 1955, the Amarillo Zoo has been the place in Amarillo to experience the wonders of animals. The zoo – located at Thompson Park – consists of 15 acres and more than 80 species of animals.

Since snakes are the highlight of today’s installment of Open Spaces, let’s get to it.

On Saturdays, the Amarillo Zoo offers the “I Touched a Snake Club.”

Those who want to learn about snakes – and get friendly with snakes – can come to the Amarillo Zoo from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the herpetarium.

Snakes are just part of what is going on at the Amarillo Zoo this summer.

  • Want a pass to get into the Amarillo Zoo? Check this out – pardon the pun. The Amarillo Public Library system has teamed up with the Amarillo Zoo to offer a Zoo Pass. The Zoo Pass can be checked out from the library – just like a book. The Zoo Pass is good for a one-day visit to the zoo for as many as two adults and six children from the same household. Check it out.

  • Speaking of getting into the Amarillo Zoo, kids who get it done in the classroom are being rewarded for their hard work. Throughout June, the Amarillo Zoo is offering free admission for students who received two or more letter grades of “A” on their final report card. Students can bring report cards to the Amarillo Zoo admission booth for free admission.

  • The Amarillo Zoo offers a variety of summer camps. For example, the “Zoo Vet Camp,” “Junior Zoo Keeper” and “Mythbusters: Zoo Edition.” Summer camps last through late July and early August. Summer camps are for different ages and times, and there are fees for the camps.

For information on everything the Amarillo Zoo is providing this summer – go to, give them a call at (806) 381-7911 or shoot them an email to


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