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Gladys Porter Zoo

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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I’ve been to several zoos, but never participated in a “behind the scenes” VIP tour. This one is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
donb522
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McAlester, Oklahoma
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This is a very small zoo. There is an entrance and parking fee, but the drinks, food and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
485janij
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Vienna, Illinois
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Known to be one of the best zoos in the United States, open every day of the year.
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500 E Ringgold St, Brownsville, TX 78520-7998
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I’ve been to several zoos, but never participated in a “behind the scenes” VIP tour. This one is first class. We were able to hand feed kangaroos, giraffe, giant tortoises,camels. Behind the scenes view of the dietary kitchen,rhinos, snakes, and other animals. And hands on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

They tout this as a “no fence” zoo which it is, but it is very old and most animals look bored to death.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very small zoo. There is an entrance and parking fee, but the drinks, food and merchandise is very reasonable. There were 8 giraffes of different ages. The information signs were in English and Spanish.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Liked the fact that this zoo has animals that probably are comfortable in the Brownsville weather. Most of the animals that were not native to south Texas were tropic or semitropical animals. The primates looked comfortable in their exhibits.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location, easy parking, well laid out zoo. Easy to get around. We especially loved the giraffes.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The zoo is small but pretty well designed. Included in the tropical-habitat-oriented facility is a very interesting reptile population featuring a rather dramatic crocodile pool. Conservation and very endangered-species focused, the zoo relies heavily on private funding and visitor support. A good "little" side-trip for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have the opportunity definetly go here. I was not expecting this zoo to be great or there to be so much to do in Brownsville. I wish I would have investigated more before going so I would have known. There is also a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

$13 admission,Great deal for all you get to see. Well landscaped trails lead you to so many exhibits Loved the loud, active parrots. Lots of monkeys and interesting birds. You can get pretty close to the animals. Don't miss the aquarium, you can touch rays...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kay k
Reviewed January 17, 2019

good place to visit, well done, good animal representation, active interaction with animals, not very busy so easy to move around

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Max M
Reviewed December 30, 2018

A top rate Zoo at one time and especially for South Texas. It has continued to maintain it's ranking. Some animals were sent off to other Zoo's especially Harambe which was killed to protect a child. The selection of animals in the zoo is exceptional....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Thelma B
January 24, 2019|
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Response from hpresas | Reviewed this property |
They do charge, they do have free admission days, need to check with them.
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dawnh-7
October 23, 2018|
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Response from W8219GYjim | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any.
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KerrCounty
June 26, 2018|
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Response from Ashley M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I am not sure of prices. You are allowed to bring your own though!
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