The Gladys Porter Zoo, nestled in Brownsville, Texas, is a wildlife sanctuary spanning 31 acres and home to about 400 species, representing over 1,600 individual animals. Founded in 1971, the zoo is a complex of exhibits and facilities that offers an inviting environment for visitors while providing top-notch care for its animal inhabitants.

The zoo was initially funded by the Earl C. Sams Foundation and was managed by Gladys Porter, the daughter of Earl Sams. A devoted animal lover and conservationist, Gladys Porter was dedicated to creating a zoo that focused on species preservation and education.

With an array of immersive experiences, the zoo offers a unique opportunity to learn about diverse species from across the globe. The Gladys Porter Zoo provides educational programs, hands-on encounters, and a chance to witness zookeepers in action. For family convenience, the zoo has various dining options, picnic spots, and children's play areas.

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    31 acres
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  • Key Exhibits:
    Tropical America || Indo-Australia || Russell Aquatic Ecology Center
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    (956) 546-7187
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