Children’s Play Day

The UTRGV College of Education will host a Children’s Play Day at the Gladys Porter Zoo in honor of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child™, which advocates for the importance of early- learning opportunities for all young children. The purpose of the “Children’s Play Day” is […]

45th Birthday Weekend $2.00 Admission

On September 3, 2016, the Zoo is turning 45 and bringing it in with some wild admission rates for all to enjoy.  During our birthday weekend September 2nd – 4th, 2016 visit the Zoo for only $2.00, for both adults and children!  The Zoo opens at 9:00 a.m.  For 45 years the Gladys Porter Zoo […]


Come out and peacock at the Valley’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Zoofari.  This year, Zoofari is a one-night only affair. Help the Gladys Porter Zoo continue to inspire, educate and captivate the multitudes of children in the Rio Grande Valley by attending Zoofari 2016.  Join us for a party during this gala affair full […]

Boo at the Zoo

The Gladys Porter Zoo will hold its 27th annual “Boo at the Zoo” celebration Sunday, October 30th and Monday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Become a Zoo member and you are eligible to come in early during the members’ only hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come out for a ghoulish good […]

Wild Tales

Come listen to a story, meet some of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors and get a free book while supplies last. Storytelling stations, face painting and crafts will be set-up on Zoo grounds. Wild Tales begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Children’s books will be given away while supplies last. Wild Tales is a […]

Zoo Nights & Lights – December 2, 3 & 4, 2016

Enjoy a holiday event for the whole family with a dazzling display of approximately 150 lighted animal and holiday fixtures along with 800 luminarias adorning the pathways.  Plus, live performances from local bands, church and school choirs, arts & crafts show in the special events building, hot chocolate, churros and more 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 […]

Orangutan Awareness Day

The Gladys Porter Zoo, in conjunction with Orangutan Outreach and many Zoos across the nation, as well as volunteers from the Students Teaching Students program and enrichment program, will celebrate Mother’s Day this year by paying tribute to orangutan mothers with the Missing Orangutan Mothers campaign (M.O.M.). The goal of M.O.M. is to raise awareness […]

Brownsville Appreciation Days

As a big thank you to the residents of Brownsville for their constant support, the Gladys Porter Zoo will offer an entire weekend of admission discounts for all residents living inside the Brownsville city limits. From Friday, September 8th through Sunday, September 10th, Brownsville residents will be able to visit the Zoo for the special […]

Zoofari 2017

Join us for some monkey business!  The Gladys Porter Zoo invites you to the biggest fundraiser of the year, Zoofari 2017 on Saturday, October 7th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Swing your way over to the jungle and support the Zoo while enjoying great food, auctions and music.  Every bid supports the Zoo: Proceeds […]

Upper Valley Appreciation Days

All residents living in the Upper Valley will be able to visit the Zoo for the special admission price. The Upper Valley includes: Alamo, Alton, Cantu, Donna, Edcouch, Edinburg, Elsa, Faysville, Granjeno, Hargill, Heidelberg, Hidalgo, La Blanca, La Joya, La Villa, Las Milpas, Linn, Lopezville, Mercedes, McAllen, McCook, Mission, Monte Alto, Palmhurst, Penitas, Pharr, Progreso, […]

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