Brownsville is Your Wild Weekend Hotspot


Brownsville is Your Wild Weekend Hotspot! Plan a trip to Brownsville on the weekend of October 13th and take advantage of the biggest discount of the year at Gladys Porter Zoo, jam out at the Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival and get discounts on area attractions in the Mitte Cultural District. Stay in Brownsville Support the Gladys Porter Zoo and book your hotel stay in Brownsville using the link below. Discount Days at Gladys Porter Zoo Gladys Porter Zoo will have special discount admission prices for Upper Valley and out-of-Rio Grande Valley residents on October 13th, 14th, and 15th. [...]

Brownsville is Your Wild Weekend Hotspot2023-09-18T21:10:22-05:00

Big Savings at Gladys Porter Zoo Discount Weekends!


Big Savings at Gladys Porter Zoo Discount Weekends! Gladys Porter Zoo will have special discount admission prices for three select weekends only. Guests can rack up some impressive savings with 60 to 75 percent off regular admission rates and see the new zoo babies that have recently debuted, including a baby orangutan, baby capybaras, baby flamingos and an adorable baby red-flanked duiker. Admission for Brownsville residents will be only $4.00 per adult (ages 14+) and $3.00 per child (ages 2 to 13) on September 8th, 9th, and 10th. The following weekend on September 15th, 16th, and [...]

Big Savings at Gladys Porter Zoo Discount Weekends!2023-09-07T16:38:27-05:00

Orangutan Born at Gladys Porter Zoo


Orangutan Born at Gladys Porter Zoo Gladys Porter Zoo staff are thrilled to announce that Dodie, the Zoo’s 46-year-old Sumatran orangutan, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on July 19 at 3:00 a.m. Both mom and baby are doing well. Presently, they can be seen together on exhibit between 9:00 and 10:30 am.  Their time outdoors will be gradually increased as the newborn adapts to outdoor temperatures. This is Dodie’s fourth baby. She is an experienced and attentive mother so she easily transitioned into her new maternal duties. The father is Mango, [...]

Orangutan Born at Gladys Porter Zoo2023-08-08T17:47:22-05:00

19th Annual Kids Appreciation Day


The Gladys Porter Zoo will celebrate National Kids Day by hosting the 19th Annual Kids Appreciation Day, presented by H-E-B, on Saturday, August 5th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Parents of children ages 2-13 can pick up an admit one child free with paid adult admission coupon for Kids Appreciation Day at any H-E-B location in Brownsville. These passes can only be used on August 5th. At Kids Appreciation Day, children will receive a passport that will take them on a trek around the Zoo where they can visit various activity stations centered around health and wellness, safety, animal conservation, [...]

19th Annual Kids Appreciation Day2023-08-04T15:27:41-05:00

Summer Safari


Summer is almost in session which means Summer Safari is right around the corner! Bring your child to spend their summer learning at the Zoo! Each day includes fun-filled activities such as puppet shows, games, stories, crafts, and tours. Each child will receive a certificate of completion, rewards, and mementos for participating. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided each day. Choose between weeklong camps or 2-day classes. Click Here For Full Schedule Week-Long Camps: -Minimum age: 7 - Camps are Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with a Starlight Sleepover on July 29th, Saturday evening from 6:30 p.m. [...]

Summer Safari2023-08-04T15:04:16-05:00

Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration!


The Gladys Porter Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day with their annual event, Party for the Planet, on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be various games and activities throughout Zoo grounds for guests to enjoy and learn about the many ways they can help preserve the planet. Kids can make their own seed bomb to toss in their backyard or play a recycle relay race, to name a few activities. Local beekeepers, gardeners, and other eco-exhibitors will also be on-site to educate the public about various ways to help native wildlife, especially pollinators. “The Gladys [...]

Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration!2023-04-04T20:10:50-05:00

Bunny Corral and Animal Play Day


During Easter weekend, hop on over to the Gladys Porter Zoo! From April 8th to April 9th, visitors can enjoy the annual Bunny Corral and Animal Play Day.   Guests can visit the Bunny Corral, which will be across from Small World! Zoo staff will set up a cozy corral These adorable bunnies will be available to pet on April 8th and 9th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Docents and Zoo staff will be at hand to answer any questions about these furry creatures.   On Easter Day, April 9th, free foam bunny masks will be available for the first [...]

Bunny Corral and Animal Play Day2023-03-27T17:36:14-05:00

Gladys Porter Zoo Implements New Pricing Model to Maintain a World-Class Zoo


Beginning March 10th, the Gladys Porter Zoo will be implementing a new dynamic pricing model. Zoo admission prices will now vary through July, depending upon the day of the week. This dynamic model is currently used nationwide at various attractions and is intended to encourage visitorship from Monday through Thursday when the attraction is generally less crowded. At the same time, the slightly higher cost to attend the Zoo provides an inflation-based increase in income at the front gate. Since 90 percent of the Zoo’s operating income is derived from admission sales, this adjustment is needed to maintain a world-class [...]

Gladys Porter Zoo Implements New Pricing Model to Maintain a World-Class Zoo2023-03-10T20:58:56-06:00

Introducing Our Capybara Pups


Brownsville, Texas (Feb 17, 2023) – Staff at the Gladys Porter Zoo are overjoyed to announce that Amber, a 2-year-old capybara, gave birth to three healthy pups on Tuesday, February 7th. In addition to Amber being a first-time mom, this is also the first capy birth for the staff at the Gladys Porter Zoo. The Zoo last had capybaras in the early 1970s, however, they never reproduced. “It has been many years since we have had capybaras in our collection,” said Walter DuPree, the Zoo’s Curator of Mammals. “Then, in 2017, we placed an elderly pair of capybaras on exhibit. They [...]

Introducing Our Capybara Pups2023-03-09T20:48:28-06:00
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