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 […]

Winter Texan Day

All Winter Texans will be able to visit the Zoo for a special admission price of $5.00. Visitors can stop by the special events building from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for food and refreshments, door prizes, exhibitors and more! Walking tours, and train tours will also be conducted throughout the duration of the event. […]

Ocelot Conservation Day

Join us in celebrating the beautiful ocelot of the Rio Grande Valley at Ocelot Conservation Day!  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Gladys Porter Zoo are hosting a special day to highlight ocelots, the small, wild cats native to South Texas.  There will be a […]

Bunny Corral

Everyone is invited to “hop” on over to the Zoo’s bunny corral from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Bunny Corral, a visitor’s favorite, will be open across from Small World. The bunnies will be available to pet and docents will be on hand to answer questions about the adorable animals. On Easter Sunday, only the […]

Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet is the Zoo’s celebration of Earth Day where we bring eco-conscious members of the community together to help share the message of conservation.  From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Zoo will spotlight conservation with fun activities, face painting, and contests for children. Local organizations will also be present to discuss […]

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 […]

Ridley Rush

You are invited to join us for our 2nd Annual Ridley Rush 1 Mile Walk /Run.  This family fun run aims to raise awareness for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle. The Ridley Rush route will take you through the beautiful and scenic Gladys Porter Zoo as you experience what a baby sea turtle must endure […]

World Giraffe Day

What is World Giraffe Day? It is a world-wide day of recognition for the longest necked animal on the planet. Take part in the 2nd annual World Giraffe Day, established by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. During World Giraffe Day, the Zoo will have our Giraffe Landing Feeding Experience open for extended hours with knowledgeable staff […]

Kids Appreciation Day

Go on an adventure with your child around the Zoo at the 14th Annual Kids Appreciation Day presented by H-E-B and News Center 23. Kids Appreciation Day coincides with National KidsDay, which is a day set aside each year to celebrate and honor America’s children by spending meaningful time with them. Every child receives a special […]

A Salute to our Troops Appreciation Day

The Gladys Porter Zoo will honor all current and former military members and their families with a special discount day. There will be a flag raising ceremony at the front of the Zoo at 10 a.m. Military members and their families receive a special admission rate of $3.00 per person with a military ID, retiree […]

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