Virtual Wild Tales

For 18 years, the Gladys Porter Zoo has hosted Wild Tales at the Zoo. Unfortunately, this year that was not possible due to our current circumstances, therefore; it will be presented virtually on Sunday, March 7, 2021.


Staring at 10:00 a.m., it will launch on Facebook and YouTube. Stories will be read by the authors and guest readers.  Also appearing will be some of the Zoo’s keepers and animals.



Jane Garza

Sharon Putgenat is a local author and retired educator and school administrator, will be reading her book, “Nani’s Wish: A True Pig’s Tale,”


Melanie Smith was originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma but has been a proud transplant to the RGV for many years.  She is currently a Librarian at Burns Elementary and enthusiastic storyteller, will be reading “Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock” and “2 Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale.” She has been a librarian for 29 years, and her favorite thing to do is read to the kids!  She believes that reading with enthusiasm helps encourage students to read.




Dr. Rossy Evelin Lima International award-winning poet, linguist, professor and author will be reading, “Noyolkanyolkej-Animals of My Land-Animales de mi Tierra.”

Parker Coppins well known YouTuber and Disney XD star will be participating this year. He will be reading “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”


This year’s virtual Wild Tales has fun, kid-friendly activities.  Children can also learn how to draw a tail with Carol DeMoss, international artist and conservationist.

  • Meet a Zookeeper

We know that the public will greatly enjoy listening to these fascinating stories, meeting our keepers and animal ambassadors, and creating a craft so make sure to join in on the fun!

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