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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

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We make every effort to stay open despite the weather. Light rain will not affect our being open. Cancellations are made only when it becomes unsafe for guests to park in or move about Sharkarosa Zoo.

We are Open to the Public Friday, Saturday and Sunday year-round, weather permitting. Open to the public days require no reservation. The entrance gates open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. Upon your arrival, you will be shown the schedule of presentations and notified which events or activities are about to start.  Stay until you've seen everything you wanted to see or stop to have a picnic lunch in our front courtyard. If you're coming at the end of the day, we suggest arriving no later than 2 pm to ensure you get at least a taste of everything. 

We always recommend bringing: sunscreen, bug spray, and comfortable shoes.  Open toed shoes are not recommended. On Open to the Public Days and Field Trips, our gift shop will be open with items to purchase. If it looks like rain, please bring the appropriate attire (rain coats, rubber boots & umbrellas)

Unfortunately, no.  Our field trips and private tours are held during the week and must be booked in advance with the office.  

Yes!  Children ages 2 and under are free admission.  However, please be mindful that are still included in your headcounts when making arrangements with us.  

Unfortunately, no. Guests arriving late forfeit any portion of the tour they might have missed.

The use of dining areas is restricted to field trips, events and Open to the Public Days. If you would like to book an event in which you can bring a lunch, please browse through the rest of the Visitor Section. No exceptions will be made.

No. For the safety of our animals, all feed is provided by the ranch and their diet is strictly regulated by our veterinarian. 

Yes, we do provide very full service bathroom, porta potties, a full hand-washing station and water fountain. The bears den has a diaper changing station and there is another restroom next to the playground.

We want your time with us to be an incredible adventure! Guests that are unable to cooperate with the guidelines set forth by the Sharkarosa staff will be asked to leave and, if necessary, will be escorted from the premises.

Visit Sharkarosa and discover your next wild adventure!

Sharkarosa Zoo has been nominated for the DFWChild Best for Families 2023 nominee for Best Place to See Animals!  We would appreciate your vote by clicking below.  Thank you!

Closed This Holiday Weekend

We will be closed this weekend to focus on the care of our animals. Thank you to all of our guests and supporters that have gifted the animals enrichment. Stay tuned to see them opening their gifts! 
We can’t wait to see you and your family next weekend when the weather will be nice and sunny!!