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Wild fun awaits at Cameron Park Zoo

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Waco has the Baylor Bears but lions, tigers and giraffes also call the city home.

Thousands of animals live at Cameron Park Zoo. It’s a large facility for a city the size of Waco. The zoo has more than 2,000 animals that live on 56 acres.

“We house about 14 different species, survival plan animals that are critically endangered,” Cameron Park Zoo Curator Terri Cox said.

Their animals include Sumatran tigers, which have even produced new additions to the family.

Diana Sportman and her family made the trip from Round Rock Friday.

"This is our second of third visit here, but our first visit, we were very surprised by how nice it was," Sportman said. "I really enjoy walking around and looking at all the animals. The orangutans are really neat to see and the tigers.”

Families also see training going on at the zoo.

"If we can develop a mutual relationship of respect and trust with our animals, we can better care for them," Cox said.

The Sportmans say the zoo is the perfect place to go for a family trip.

"It's usually not crowded. It's quiet, It's peaceful. You can usually do it in an afternoon or a morning and it doesn't take the whole day. And it's fairly close to anywhere in Central Texas."

The new three-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs are scheduled to go on exhibit in the next few weeks.

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