Phone: (956) 546-7187
500 E Ringgold St,
The Gladys Porter Zoo is a visitor-oriented zoological and botanical park, dedicated to the preservation of nature through education, conservation and research.
The Gladys Porter Zoo 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.
Feb 1 @ 9:00 AM – Mar 16 @ 4:00 PM
Knowledgeable docents are conducting walking tours around the Zoo, upon request. Docents not only provide a tour of the facility but they also tell a range of stories from the history of the zoo to... Read more »
Feb 24 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Enroll your child for Saturday morning fun at the Zoo. You can join, too! Learn about the river giants lurking in our very own fresh waters. A Zoo tour, arts & crafts, animal ecounter and... Read more »
Mar 3 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Ocelot Run features a 5K and 1 Mile division that runs Gladys Porter Zoo and kicks off the Ocelot Conservation Festival organized by the Friends of Laguna Atascosa. The Ocelot Run has become among... Read more »
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The Gladys Porter Zoo is an oasis nestled in the center of Brownsville, Texas. We have facilities on Zoo grounds available for rent to accommodate various types of events, such as meetings, corporate retreats, birthday parties, and weddings.