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 […]

Easter Bazaar

Find a special Easter gift at our annual Easter Bazaar.  The Bazaar features vendors with unique gifts, art, gourmet snacks, handmade jewelry and more.  It is open during regular Zoo hours of operation and there is no additional fee to enter. The Easter Bazaar is scheduled for Friday, March 30, Saturday, March 31 & Sunday, April 1, 2018. (The […]

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 […]

Saturday Safari – If I Ran the Zoo

Enroll your child for Saturday morning fun at the Zoo. You can join, too! Learn what it takes to keep animals in a zoo.  Go behind the scenes to learn more about zoo operations.  Classes are designed to give students an opportunity to learn more about exotic animals in the wild and in captivity and […]

Animal Play Day – Easter Theme

Animal Play Days are scheduled events where Zoo animals are given an enrichment item that has a specific theme. The theme for this Animal Play Day is Easter egg hunt.  Come watch as our zookeepers prepare an Easter egg hunt for our Zoo animals featuring decorated ostrich eggs, painted eggs and Easter baskets.  The schedule […]

Children’s Day of Play

Bring your children to learn and play at the Zoo!   Texas Southmost College (TSC) students enrolled in the Teacher Education program 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 […]

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 […]

Saturday Safari – Creature Feature

Enroll your child for Saturday morning fun at the Zoo. You can join, too!  Do you know why animals have such unique characteristics?  How can birds fly, fish swim and polar bears survive in freezing temperatures?  Let’s take a closer look at some zoo creatures and talk features.  Classes are designed to give students an […]

Saturday Safari – Extreme Life Cycles

Enroll your child for Saturday morning fun at the Zoo. You can join, too!  What creature begins its life with no wings, but can eventually fly? Some of the world’s smallest creatures undergo the most extreme physical changes during their life cycle. Come see first-hand the metamorphosis of some of the zoo’s creatures.  Classes are designed […]

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