bayou wildlife zoo

Just 30 minutes south of Houston, tucked behind some trees off a busy road, an 80-acre African-style safari thrives with over 500 exotic animals from nearly 20 different countries.

The Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin is one of the Houston area’s true hidden gems and the perfect destination for a day full of family fun.

Originally opened in 1986, the wildlife park was recently sold to new owners who have carried on the legacy of the open-air zoo and continued to make it an attraction like no other in the area.

Bayou Wildlife Zoo’s main attraction is the guided tram tour. Hop on a tram and ride through 80 acres where an expert guide will tell you all about the animals you see along the way, including many types of deer, antelopes, buffalos, camels, zebras and other exotic animals. You’ll even have the opportunity to feed some of the animals for a truly memorable, up-close encounter.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. You’ll also have the opportunity to walk through Addie Lou’s Barnyard to see everything from typical farm animals to rare creatures you won’t see anywhere else in the area.

“In the barnyard, you will encounter a Wallaby, Pygmy Goats, Lemurs and much more!,” a statement on Bayou Wildlife Zoo’s website promises.


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You can also stop by their big barn to meet giraffes and a pet water buffalo. And while walking between the different areas of the zoo, you’ll see kangaroos, alligators, and many other creatures.


New Measures Keep Guests Safe

Bayou Wildlife Zoo is an open-air zoo, which makes it a safer destination to visit during these times.

Additionally, new practices have been instituted to keep guests safe, including requiring guests to wear masks during their visit, using special viral disinfectants to clean common-use areas and trams, and making the barnyard area observation-only.


Bayou Wildlife Zoo Hours & Ticket Prices

The Bayou Wildlife Zoo in Alvin is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am. to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. The zoo is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Under 2 years: Free
  • Child (2 to 11 years): $12
  • Adult (12 to 64 years): $22
  • Senior (65+ years): $20
  • Military & First Responder Discount: $4 off of general admission with valid ID or credentials.

Annual passes are available at $45 for kids, $80 for adults, and $65 for seniors.


Bayou Wildlife Zoo Location

Bayou Wildlife Zoo is located at 5050 FM 517 Road, Alvin, TX 77511. You can learn more at or call 409-904-2525.