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The Austin Zoo is a unique rescue facility that performs small miracles for a multitude of animals. The zoo needs the community to help their effort by volunteering time and donating supplies and money.
Unlike most zoos, it is a sanctuary for many fortunate animals that were once in need of much love and care.
Instead of creating new "babies" and discarding the old animals to attract a larger crowd, Austin Zoo conveys a message of animal conservation and personal responsibility. 90 percent of Austin Zoo's animal residents are made up of rescues or owner released pets.
The Austin Zoo focuses its energy on educating the public about the animal world. They are opening the publics' minds by informing them of the issues and concerns that threaten wildlife.
The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of native plants.
The Wildflower Center is a botanical garden in Austin, Texas, dedicated to native plants. Their vision for the future is to preserve and restore the natural beauty and biological richness of North America by inspiring people to love the land. They want people to think differently about the plants around them. They want people to understand the role of native plants in a healthy ecosystem, to value the beauty and health of the natural landscape that defines their heritage, and to take action to protect, conserve, and restore the natural landscapes of North America.
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was founded in 1974 to protect 227 acres of pristine Texas Hill Country and to provide nature education programs. Visitors enjoy 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails that pass through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats. These habitats are home to threatened and endangered species, and hundreds of native plants, animals and birds. Wild Basin's nature education programs are funded by special events, memberships, corporate donations and grants.
28 Miles south of Austin, the amazing San Marcos Springs discharge daily 150 million gallons of the most pristine artesian water that you will find. Texas State University - San Marcos purchased the aging Aquarena Springs Resort in 1994 and began transforming the old theme park into a non-profit nature center. Today Aquarena Center is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the San Marcos springs.
The purpose of the Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC) is to provide individuals, families, and groups from the surrounding Central Texas area with educational and recreational opportunities which increase each person's knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of the Central Texas natural environment and its connection to other world ecosystems. This purpose is best achieved through the ANSC's role as a "living museum," whose efforts are focused on the creative use of specifically planned interpretive exhibits, programs, collections, and trails.