New at the Zoo

One of the hottest tourists attractions in Lufkin just got a donation that could attract a more diverse group to the zoo.

Thanks to a special donation from the Lufkin Rotary Club, Zoo visitors who have limited mobility can now get around the zoo.  It's a six passenger, electric vehicle.  Zoo Director Gordon Henley says he wants as many people as possible to experience the zoo experience.

The Zoo houses close to 700 reptiles, birds and mammals from around the world.  It's open every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Currently, the zoo is undergoing the largest expansion project since it opened in 1967.  Maasai Giraffe and White Rhinoceros exhibits opened in the summer of 1999.  A Nile Hippopotamus exhibit featuring under and above water viewing opened in 2002.