Animal Play Day

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 Thanksgiving theme. Staff will be giving the animals turkey, pumpkins or pie.  Starting at Gorilla Island around 11:30 a.m., staff will walk around the Zoo giving enrichment items […]

Zoo Nights & Lights – December 6, 7 & 9, 2019

Zoo Nights & Lights is a holiday tradition to behold. Everyone will enjoy live performances from local bands and choirs while taking in the dazzling light displays. Browse for holiday gifts at our arts and crafts show. And, kids can decorate a gingerbread cookie and make a craft. The Gladys Porter Zoo invites Rio Grande […]

Saturday Safari – Sounds of the Rainforest

Enroll your child for Saturday morning fun at the Zoo. You can join, too.  Learn about animal calls. Why do some animals have loud calls while others try to remain as quiet as possible?  Classes are designed to give students an opportunity to learn more about exotic animals in the wild and in captivity and […]

Saturday Safari – Toys for the Animals

Enroll your child for Saturday afternoon fun at the Zoo. You can join, too.  Playing is serious business for zoo animals.  Spending time looking for food and exploring their environment is great exercise for them.  Help make “toys” so that they can get their daily exercise and then watch them play.  Classes are designed to […]

Animal Play Day – Holiday Gift Giving

Stop by the Zoo for our “holiday gift giving” themed Animal Play Day to watch our animals interact with special “gift” treats and enrichment items provided by our zookeepers.   Animal Play Days are scheduled events where Zoo animals are given an enrichment item that has a specific theme. Animal enrichment provides novel food and play […]

Winter Texan Discount 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.  Complimentary coffee will be available in the special events building, while supplies last. Guests must show proof of out-of-state residence in order to receive the discounted admission […]

Wild Tales 2020

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 to […]

Animal Play Day – Valentine’s Theme

Stop by the Zoo for our “Valentine’s Day” themed Animal Play Day to watch our animals interact with special treats and enrichment items provided by our zookeepers.  Animal enrichment provides novel food and play items to stimulate and entertain our Zoo inhabitants. These enrichment items are a vital component to the health and well-being of […]

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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