The Coxville Zoo

This is a reproduction of an original OPEN sign found at the Coxville Zoo.
This sign represents the reopening of the Coxville Zoo on this web page.

In 1939 a privately owned and operated Zoo, the Coxville Zoo, started business at the intersection of Yager and North Lamar [which, at the time, was the intersection of Coxville Road and the Dallas Highway] north of the city limits of Austin, Texas. The zoo delighted thousands of children for over 30 years. For many years Alvin Cox, the owner, made weekly television appearances on the "Uncle Jay" show sharing information about the uniqueness of animals. Opposition from the Humane Society and complaints from the River Oaks neighborhood forced the zoo to close in 1970. A few of the zoo's remains still stand in the woods behind a recently constructed building on North Lamar at Yager.

Although the Coxville Zoo has shut its doors, through this web site you may once again experience a little of the fun of walking through the doors of the Coxville Zoo.

Direct information and photos related to the Coxville zoo is difficult to find. Please email me if you find any person who has photos or stories related to the Coxville Zoo.

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Photos from the Coxville Zoo, 1942-1975 : View rare old photos from the Coxville Zoo Photo added 11/14/2002

Recent Photos from the Coxville Zoo Site, 2000: View recent photos of what remains from the Coxville Zoo

1942 Newspaper Article: Read the earliest known newspaper article on the Coxville zoo (includes a grainy photo)

1948 Newspaper Article: Read a newspaper article giving lots of detail on the Coxville zoo

Student essay (circa 1952) on the Coxville Zoo: Get a schoolgirl's view of this unique world of people and animals -- includes a hand-drawn map of Coxville Zoo

1989 Newspaper Article: Read a brief newspaper article giving an overview of the Coxville Zoo, including its closing

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