The Gladys Porter Zoo, one of the top Zoos in the country, features three generations of gorillas, tigers, macaws, kangaroos, Komodo dragons, 255 species of tropical plants and more.  Most animals are displayed in settings that resemble their natural habitat.  The Zoo also has a new enchanted South Texas themed playground, herpetarium, and giraffe feeding experience.  In 2013, the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center is scheduled to open.  The new exhibit will feature a stingray feeding opportunity, sharks, jellyfish and other marine creatures. The Zoo is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the weekends. Regular admission for adults is $10 (ages 14 – 64), $7 for children (ages 2 to 13) and seniors 65 and over receive a discounted admission of $8.50. Children 1 and under are free.  Group and school rates are available.  For more information call (956) 546-7187 or visit

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