Check out what’s happening at Caldwell Zoo! Here you’ll find both recent news and information on upcoming events at the Zoo.

African Penguins Need YOUR HELP!

June 8th UPDATE:  Great news!!!  The Invest in the Nest project has surpassed its $150,000 goal!  This is just one step in ensuring the survival of African penguins.  Thank you to everyone who helped!

We need YOU! The number of African Penguins has dropped from over 1 million to just 25,000 pairs! These amazing birds may go extinct without a safe place to build their homes. Scientists and researchers have found a solution to their nesting issues by creating artificial nests for these endangered birds. The nests have been rigorously tested and perfected in the field.

Now we would love your help supporting the new #InvestInTheNest project on Kickstarter so we can build enough nests to meet the urgent need in South Africa.



Spring has sprung!  We have 20 Attwater's prairie chicken (APC) chicks!  This native Texas bird is very endangered, making these hatchlings quite special.  The APC used to live in the coastal prairies of Texas south of Houston.  At this time, there are probably only about 150 of these birds in the wild in preserves.  Caldwell Zoo cooperates with other Texas zoos to ensure the survival of the APC.


On April 23rd, the Caldwell Zoo welcomed three very special cheetah babies.  Mom, Meadow, and her cubs are living in off-exhibit quarters so that this little family has time to bond and mom will feel secure as she cares for her youngsters in relative seclusion for a while.  You can watch our cheetah family on our Cheetah Cam located on the African Overlook at the Uzuri Outpost.

May 3--Update: We now know that we have one male and two female cubs--all doing well.

May 17--Update--Our little cuties were weighed.  They weigh 1,300-1,700 grams.  All are doing well and becoming more active--actually beginning to move about.

May 9--Good news-bad news.  Meadow has moved her cubs outside so we can no longer check out the cheetah cam.  The little ones are enjoying playing and exploring.  Hopefully in a few weeks the furry family can be moved to an exhibit where we can see them.

construction update

The Caldwell Zoo invites YOU to come take a sneak peak at our new      African Overlook. The Overlook is now open.


March 20--What a weekend!!  Elephants in their new BIG pool and giraffes finally ventured out into their yard.  The African overlook is definitely an exciting stop!

March 17--Today our elephant ladies got a pedicure--minus the pink nail polish, of course.  Our zookeepers trimmed the girls' feet at the Elephant Activity Station where zoo visitors can watch the zookeepers care for the pachyderms. 

March 16--Our elephants enjoyed a bath today at our new Elephant Activity Station where zoo visitors are able to watch our zookeepers work with Tonya and Rolinda.

March 11--Tonya and Rolinda are ready to greet our zoo guests.  These two girls are thoroughly enjoying their new area which is twice as large as the old area with a pool that is four times as large as previously.

p.s.  The giraffes refused to cooperate today.  They just didn't want to come out into their yard. :(

March 10th--Last night our night keepers cleaned out the elephants' new pool and today we've filled it up.  Our elephants ventured out onto their new yard this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny.

March 9th--Our lesser flamingos are back in their exhibit on the African Overlook.  They have quickly adjusted to their home and once again add a bit more beauty to their surroundings.

p.s. The giraffes did come back in their house for the night. :)

March 8th--It's a red-letter day!!  Our giraffes took their first steps into their new outdoor yard.  Giraffes are quite cautious and often take a while to get used to new situations, so it was a good day when our two ladies walked out into their yard.  Now, will they come back in tonight?  We sure hope so!

We are working hard to get ready for the opening of our African Overlook area.  Today, March 7th, our Zookeepers walked 48 lesser flamingos back to their enclosure on the overlook after more than a year's absence.  Carrying the flamingos is a rather tricky operation.  Keepers carry the flamingos  under their arms with the head facing backwards.  This keeps the flamingo calm during the move.  After a couple days to acclimate to their "new" home, these birds will be allowed out into their exhibit space. 


Phineus and mom Christa

On April 2nd, the Caldwell Zoo sent our male black rhino, Phineus, to Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan.  Phineus was born here at the Caldwell Zoo to mom, Christa, who still lives at the Caldwell Zoo.  Phineus was a fun rhino since he could sit and lay down on command and loved backrubs and to drink from a hose.

Phineus will join a female black rhino at Potter Park with the hopes that someday he will be a dad.



We recently weighed our black bears.  Tyler, our male, weighs in at a whopping 563 pounds while Timber weighs a dainty 336 pounds.

New species

Recently the zoo acquired a pair of caiman lizards. Native to the Amazon River basin, these lizards are highly aquatic and possess large scales and a tail similar to many crocodilian species. Their rounded teeth and powerful jaws help them crush the aquatic snails that they feed on. Right now our lizards are small, but when full grown they may reach up to 4 feet in length. Stop by the reptile building to take a peek!



Come on up to the African Huts for some reptilian fun.                                    August 19;  1:30-3:30 p.m.


Ya'll come!!  ZooMembers are welcome to enjoy a special evening at the zoo!  Watch for more information in your e-newsletter.                                      September 15; 5-8 p.m.


Help our Earth and get free admission to the zoo.  Bring an old, out-dated phone book to be recycled and receive one free admission for each phone book recycled.  Admission good for the day of the event only.                           September 30 and October 1; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.