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, […]

28th Annual Boo at the Zoo

  The Gladys Porter Zoo will hold its 28th annual Boo at the Zoo celebration Monday, October 30th and Tuesday, 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’s only hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come out for a […]

Baby Giraffe Makes Public Debut

    How could anyone or anything not fall in love with a face like this? One look at this adorable giraffe calf will melt anyone’s heart. He was born on April 28th. At its birth, he weighed 107 pounds, less than the average calf, which is around 135 to 145 pounds. Despite its weight, […]

Zoo Nights & Lights – December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

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 […]

Saturday Safari – Top Zoo Chef

Enroll your child for Saturday morning fun at the Zoo. You can join, too! Zoo dieticians have to prepare meals for lots of animals every day.  Come help feed some of the zoo’s animals after you learn what they eat.  Classes are designed to give students an opportunity to learn more about exotic animals in […]

Winter Texan Day

All Winter Texans will be able to visit the Zoo for a special admission price of $4.50.  Walking tours, and train tours will also be conducted throughout the duration of the event. Guests must show proof of out-of-state residence in order to receive the discounted admission rate. For more information, please call the Zoo office at […]


  Come listen to a story, meet some of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors and even get a free book while supplies last.  Storytelling, face painting, crafts and special play stations will be set-up on Zoo grounds. Tales begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. During Wild Tales everyone gets the discounted school rate […]

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 […]

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