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John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo


Fun at the Children’s Zoo
Rainbow-Scarab-bug-house-insect-beetleThe Bug House
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Ernie-porcupine-strawberrycool animals
bat cave
Swap-Shop-CZSwap Shop
butterfly-pavilion-stage-cz-biofactsbutterfly pavilion

About the McGovern Children’s Zoo

Watch a river otter play underwater, explore a realistic bat cave, get up close and personal with the goats in the petting area, and watch an entertaining show at the Butterfly Pavilion! The Children’s Zoo takes you through forty exhibits and features many native Texas animals. If the kids need to burn of a little energy, visit the playground so they can jump, slide, and climb. As you stroll through, stop by the Naturally Wild Swap Shop, where you can bring items that you find in nature and trade them for natural items in our collection.

On your next visit, don’t miss our Bug House, a new exhibit that is dedicated to showcasing insects and why they are so important to our ecosystem.

Behind the Scenes

Meet Amber
In addition to her keeper responsibilities, Amber is a self-proclaimed goat whisperer. Stop by to see Amber, and maybe she’ll fill you in on the latest goat gossip.


Meet Courtney
Courtney works as an animal keeper in the Children’s Zoo. She loves watching the young one’s faces light up as they experience the animals up close.


Meet Kim
Kim has worked at the Zoo since 1991 and is a supervisor in the Children’s Zoo.  Her favorite animals are canids and she is the studbook keeper for the swift fox.

Journey through the Children’s Zoo

Did You Know?

The porcupine is the second largest rodent in North America next to the beaver…and an adult has an average of 30,000 quills!