Caldwell Zoo in Tyler Texas
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Caldwell Zoo in Tyler Texas

The Caldwell Zoo in TylerThe Caldwell Zoo in Tyler

Tyler has a wide range of attractions to visit year-round for residents and tourists traveling to Tyler, including a regionally recognized zoo.

Caldwell Zoo

Caldwell Zoo began in 1938 as a backyard menagerie of squirrels and parrots for schoolchildren built by David King Caldwell of Tyler.

Those simple beginnings have evolved into an 85-acre regionallly-recognized zoo containing more than 2,000 animals representing 250 species from East Africa, North America, and South America.

The zoo includes a children's petting pen, two aquariums, picnic areas, a café that overlooks an African savanna and gift shops with original African items. The zoo also has seasonal presentations including a bird show, alligator feedings, giraffe feedings, and elephant demonstrations.

Caldwell Zoo is open daily Mondays through Sundays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Zoo Accreditation and Breeding Projects

As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Caldwell Zoo is an accredited institution, and participates in many breeding projects. Animals born at the zoo include giraffes, flamingoes, black rhinoceros, giant anteaters, and many others.

The Caldwell Zoo, Tyler, TexasEntrance area to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler

Zoo Habitats and Exhibits

Habitats and exhibits include:

  • African Savanna - three-acre African savanna featuring zebra, giraffe, kudu, warthog, ostrich, elephants, cheetah, and lions
  • North America
  • South America
  • African Aquarium
  • North American Herpetarium
  • Wild Bird Walkabout

Near the entrance to the zoo is a petting area with several very friendly goats that love children! Provided by the zoo are grooming brushes that kids can use to get up close to the animals.

Educational Opportunities

The Caldwell Zoo provides many educational opportunities designed to enrich school curricula. Zoo summer camps are fun filled age-appropriate educational events.  Activities at summer camp include animal information, time on zoo grounds, art activities, stories, games, songs and close encounters with touchable animals. 

Caldwell Zoo also offers an excellent program for homeschoolers, including life science classes specifically designed for homeschool students.  Classes include age-appropriate animal information, activities/experiments, games, crafts and time on zoo grounds. All Homeschool Happenings classes meet in the African Huts (across from the rhino house).

Special Programs

The Caldwell Zoo offers a variety of special programs through the year such as Endangered Species Day, Elephant Appreciation Day, Boo at the Zoo, Don't Step on a Bee Day, and many others. Contact the zoo for details and dates.

Location of the Caldwell Zoo

The zoo is located at 2203 Martin Luther King Boulevard (across from the U.S. Post Office), and can be reached at phone 903.593.0121. Free parking is provided for zoo visitors.

Map to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler

For More Information About the Caldwell Zoo

For hours of operation, ticket information, and other details, we highly recommend you visit the official website of the Caldwell Zoo.

Photographs from the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler

Entrance sign at the Caldwell Zoo
Entrance sign at the Caldwell Zoo

Entrance area at the Caldwell Zoo
Entrance area at the Caldwell Zoo

Entrance area at the Caldwell Zoo
Entrance area at the Caldwell Zoo
Welcome to the Caldwell Zoo!
Welcome to the Caldwell Zoo!
Caldwell Zoo Ticketing Area and Entrance
Caldwell Zoo Ticketing Area and Entrance
Arrival area in the parking lot of the Caldwell Zoo
Arrival area in the parking lot of the Caldwell Zoo


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