Amarillo Zoo seeks to increase admission price

Tom Hinde

The Amarillo Zoo is seeking to increase admission prices. Currently, admission is free on Mondays. Pending a final vote by the Amarillo City Council, the zoo is expecting to begin charging half-price admission on Mondays starting in early October.

The current price structure has been in place since 2009. Tuesday through Sunday admission is $2 for ages 3 to 12, $4 for ages 13 to 61, $3 for seniors 62 and older and free for children under 3. According to zoo officials, Monday is the zoo's busiest day. The fee increase will help offset operation costs including additional staff on Mondays.

In 2016, 15,000 to 17,000 people visited the zoo on Mondays. The zoo has a projected annual operating budget of $538,000 for fiscal fiscal year 2018 and projected revenues of nearly $300,000 according to Rod Tweet, City of Amarillo Parks and Recreation Director. The zoo is located at NE 24th and Dumas Highway inside Thompson Park. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.