In 1990, the Austin Zoo started out as a ranch for neglected animals, mostly goats, pigs, donkeys and ponies. Over time, the ranch became a zoo, accepting more exotic animals, rescued from homes where they were unwanted or in overcrowded zoos. Today, the zoo has more than 300 animals, including tigers, monkeys, reptiles, and tropical birds like parrots, toucans and scarlet macaws. A recent addition is three orphaned black bear cubs. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for students, $6 for kids ages 2 to 12 and free for toddlers and infants.