Cameron Park Zoo
Not many people would expect Waco, TX to have a zoo.... but Waco suprises many people every year with this wonderful collection of exotic animals.
From the Cameron Park website:
In 1955, a group of outdoor sports and wildlife enthusiasts established the Central Texas Zoological Park to create recreation and education opportunities for Central Texas residents through the observation of natural wildlife.
In November 2000, the residents of McLennan County passed a $9.5 million bond for continued expansion of the Cameron Park Zoo. The bond money is committed to build the signature display, Brazos River Country. It will be an educational display combining 120 species of indigenous wildlife found along the Brazos River from the Gulf of Mexico to its origin in New Mexico. Scheduled for completion in late 2004 or early 2005, the display will take the visitor through seven vegetation zones of Texas incorporating the natural and cultural history of each region. Additionally some of the funds from the bond will be used to bring Orangutans and Komodo dragon displays in 2005-2006.