Gladys Porter Zoo

The Gladys Porter Zoo is a visitor-oriented zoological and botanical park, dedicated to the preservation of nature through education, conservation and research.

Opened to the public on September 3, 1971, the facility was completely planned, built, stocked, equipped and then given to the City of Brownsville by the Earl C. Sams Foundation.

An average of 375,000 local people and tourists visit the Zoo annually, with an attendance exceeding 400,000 in the year 2001.

The Gladys Porter Zoo is located on 31-acres in central Brownsville, Texas. Additional Zoo facilities include: Administrative office, Education building, four concession stands, gift shop, maintenance facilities, animal diet kitchen, clinic and off-display breeding areas.

The City of Brownsville owns and operates the Gladys Porter Zoo with the help of the Board of Directors of the Valley Zoological Society. The Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 100 individuals who set Zoo policies and oversee that they are carried out in the best interest of the Gladys Porter Zoo and the purpose for which it was founded.

Gladys Porter Zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1978.

Contact Information:

500 Ringgold Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

Telephone (Information Recording): (956) 546-2177

Administrative Office: (956) 546:7187

Education Department: (956) 548-WILD (9453)


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