Visitors of all ages can experience and learn about a wide variety of awesome wildlife, hosted in a zoo setting, through touring the Birds of Prey, Small Wonders and Mammal Enclosure.  By partnering with licensed rehabilitators many of these animals are given a permanent home. Some are former pets that have imprinted on humans and others have injuries that prevent them from surviving in the wild. At the Austin Nature & Science Center (ANSC) these amazing animals can live out their lives receiving daily care, grooming, quality food, medication and veterinary assistance.

The exhibits are open to the public during regular visitor hours with no entry fee.

ANSC Animal Friend, Kristin (day camper for the 1980's) since 2020


Birds of Prey

Through a federal permitting system, the ANSC is privileged to provide homes to injured Central Texas birds for educational purposes.  Visitors experience them up-close and learn about these awesome, incredible birds.

Birds of Prey at ANSC

Small Wonders

The Small Wonders building design takes you on a journey along a small creek starting at a local backyard and ending with the Texas Hill Country. You will view terrariums, aqauriums and other enclosures containing animals that may live in your neighborhood or surrounding counties.

Small Wonders at ANSC

Mammal Enclosures

The ANSC is home to a variety of live mammals.  Visitors can learn all about these unusual neighbors living right in their own backyard and surrounding areas.  Many of these animals are imprinted on humans as former pets, orphaned or injured and could not survive in the wild. At the ANSC they live out their lives receiving dedicated, daily care from our wildlife keepers. 

Mammal Enclosures at ANSC


Resident Wildlife Supply Needs

Donations of NEW, NEVER USED ITEMS may be dropped off at the Visitor's Pavilion during business hours.  Receipt for donation available on request.   For questions about resident wildlife supplies please call 512-974-3894.

Thank you for your donation and support!

Dog food (adult maintenance) Washer and dryer - electric (stackable or front loader preferred)
Rabbit chow Laundry detergent (Not HE type)
Aquatic turtle food sticks Light bulbs (standard size screw in base, UV preferred)
Dog biscuits Dishwashing liquid
Tropical fish food flakes Digital infant scale
Wild bird seed mixes Handheld vacuum (cordless)
Meal worms (bagged) Clamp light
Timothy hay (bagged) Litter (nonclumping)
Pet food bowl (stainless steel preferred) Carefresh brand pet bedding
Frisbees Pine or aspen wood shavings
Boomer Ball (10" size or smaller) Cat litter (scoopable clay)
Kong toy (small and medium size) Plastic litter box (Kitten sized)
Bird toys Bark mulch (2 or 3 cubic foot bagged)
Rabbit and ferret toys Plastic aquarium plants
Pine cones (bagged, unscented and not decorated) Seashells (bagged,  pre-cleaned)
Tennis balls Towels (hand or bath size)


NOTE: Please specify monetary donations as "ANSC Wildlife Supplies"

Mail or drop off your donation: Austin Nature & Science Center, 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin, TX 78746


ANSC Wildlife Sponsorship Program

Resident porcupine at ANSC-Quillbert