• We were there a couple of weekends ago & brought the grandbaby.   I was pleasantly surprised with the additions!  I enjoyed the panthers (I think)  back corner over by coyote & wolf.  You could get close to their habitat & view them up close & personal without having to worry about becoming lunch.   They were very playful & seemed to enjoy us watching as they were rubbing against their enclosure where we were standing. I also was a fan of the new concession stand!  It was miserable hot so we had snow cones & fruit popsicles & it was CHEAP & very yummy!  I have always visited & supported the Texas Zoo & I will continue to do so, it is an asset to the town.

    August 6, 2008 at 10:11 p.m.

  • Thank you Chris. A big "thank you" goes out to every individual and organization that helped make our annual fundraiser a huge hit.  Please keep in mind that supporting the zoo is not just a once a year deal, we rely on the generosity of our community and local businesses year-round.
    I will make it a point to stop through and keep our community updated on what's going on at your Texas Zoo

    Doug Hotle
    Executive Director
    The Texas Zoo

    August 5, 2008 at 10:04 a.m.

  • Glad to hear from you, Doug, and see you're online. Keep us posted on what's happening at the zoo.

    August 4, 2008 at 9:27 p.m.

  • Thank you for your kind words and continued support. The Texas Zoo has indeed made some great changes since many have last visited. We look towards the future to bring you more improvements and added guest enhancements that will keep the zoo fresh and exciting for our returning guests, as well as those visiting for the first time. The zoo serves the community and we are thrilled every day to make your positive experience a memorable one.
    Come on out and see what’s changing at “your” Texas Zoo!

    Doug Hotle
    Executive Director
    The Texas Zoo

    August 4, 2008 at 10:47 a.m.

  • Pat,

    Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you gave the zoo a second chance.

    I don't know the history of how the zoo improved during the past decade or so. Perhaps someone else can jump in and provide an overview of who deserves the credit for what the Texas Zoo has become. I'll ask our reporter to look into this, too, as we look at the zoo's present and future this week.

    August 4, 2008 at 8:20 a.m.

  • I had not  been to the Texas Zoo in the ten years I'd been absent from Victoria. When I left I thought it was a cheesy, dirty, smelly place. Now that I am back, I saw an ad somewhere about the tigers that had been added. That piqued my interest so I loaded up the 3 grandchildren and we spent an afternoon  there. What an awesome little zoo it has become! Now, granted, some of the animals were not visible because of the heat (I guess they found a nice shaded area); but for the most part, the experience was wonderful. The price of admission does not break the bank (I think it cost the 4 of us $16.00. It costs us more to go to the movies.) and the drink prices seemed reasonable, too.
    We had one very memorable moment. We loved looking at the tigers, but they were simply lying in the shade chillin' out. I kept walking back and forth to get a better view of them (trust me, I don't bang on windows and stuff) and as I was walking back around the enclosure to get a different view, one of them apparently decided to check me out a little closer. My back was to him/her when that decision was made so I wasn't aware that I was being "stalked"! As I turned around to look through the glass or plexiglass, the tiger lunged at the glass! Thank goodness for strong bladder control! One of my grandsons was so startled that he took off running. It is something that we are still laughing about (the day Nana was almost eaten by a tiger)!
    I, too, would encourage everyone to visit the zoo and support it as much as you can. If you haven't been in years, go again. You'll be amazed at the changes.

    August 3, 2008 at 1:15 p.m.