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San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Marys Street San Antonio Tx 78212
San Antonio
TX
78212
Tel: 210-734-7184

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San Antonio Zoological Society Mission

It is the mission of the San Antonio Zoological Society to foster appreciation and concern for all living things.

We are dedicated to providing:

The highest standards of care for our animal and plant collections.
A diverse educational and high quality recreational experience for all visitors.
All the resources at our disposal for conservation of the Earth’s flora and fauna.
San Antonio Zoo History

San Antonio's first zoo consisted of a collection of animals assembled in San Pedro Park in the 1800s. In 1914, Colonel George W. Brackenridge, one of the city's leading citizens and founder of the San Antonio Express-News, placed buffalo, elk, deer, monkeys, a pair of lions, and four bears on land he had deeded over to the city in what is now known as Brackenridge Park. This collection became the San Antonio Zoo.

Throughout its history, the Zoo's volunteer leaders have not only provided generous financial support, they have also encouraged innovation. In November 1929, two of the first cageless exhibits in America--the Barless Bear Terraces and the Primate Paradise--opened, offering visitors unprecedented views of animals. When the Richard Friedrich Aquarium was dedicated in 1948, it was described in the local press as "the world's greatest." The Hixon Bird House, funded through the efforts of Colonel Frederick C. Hixon, opened in 1966, featuring a simulated tropical rain forest and free-flying birds. The Zoo's bird collection is now one of the world's largest.

Hixon understood well, as have the Zoo's many benefactors over the years, that great zoos are far more than collections of exotic animals; they are also centers for world-class research, education, and conservation.

Much about the San Antonio Zoo has changed since Colonel Brackenridge assembled his collection of animals in 1914. While the Colonel may not have imagined what the San Antonio Zoo would become, we can only hope that he would appreciate all that the Zoo has accomplished for the people of San Antonio, for science, for children, and for the Earth itself. For 97 years, the collective efforts of dedicated individuals have helped the San Antonio Zoo become one of the best in the nation.

The Zoo is home to over 8,500 animals representing 779 species of animals on 56 acres. More than 1,000,000 guests visit the San Antonio Zoo annually - 13,155 of those being children participating in education programs and 80,000 school children coming on field trips.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$9.50 ages 3 - 11 years
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

9 am to 5 pm

What people are saying?

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    the lorikeets dont love you, they just want that sweet seet sugar water

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    Wife and I brought our 3 year old here, we all had a blast! Still don't know who lucky is... Great staff and clean. Lots and lots and lots of birds, with the "aquarium" was bigger. Great place to take your kids.

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    I'm sorry I patronized a place that treats animals, especially the poor, lone elephant, inhumanely. Quite frankly, every animal I saw looked lethargic and depressed. I understand that San Antonio is a hot, dry place, but isn't there SOMETHING that can be done to make the habitats a little more lush and plush? The San Antonio Zoo has great potential, but right now, it's doing a better job of making a spectacle of the animals than educating visitors about how best to preserve and protect them.

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    Pros: lots of different species, n even have dbl layer cages like: armadillos on ground and monkeys in the trees all same cage. The way the park is designed is freakin awesome and really intrigues you. So pretty cool. Cons: alot of animals were limping, or had stitches, just seemed very poorly taken care of. Animals seem very depressed, not very active, and in alot of pain. The asian elephant and many other animals didnt have water to cool off in in this texas heat. Most of the exhibits have no grass and are just concrete with a lil sand or...Read More

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    I enjoy going here, but there will be times where the weather can be pretty unbearable. Try to find shade while you're at it.
    The best part about it though is hanging around in Brackenridge Park and visiting the Japanese Tea Gardens.

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by Ricardo Garcia

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Pros: lots of different species, n even have dbl layer cages like: armadillos on ground and monkeys in the trees all same cage. The way the park is designed is freakin awesome and really intrigues you. So pretty cool. Cons: alot of animals were limping, or had stitches, just seemed very poorly taken care of. Animals seem very depressed, not very active, and in alot of pain. The asian elephant and many other animals didnt have water to cool off in in this texas heat. Most of the exhibits have no grass and are just concrete with a lil sand or clay of some sort. All exhibits were infested with flies, and some were pouring over with feces. There are alot of babies right now in the zoo, so that was a small plus. The birds seem like they were being taken well care of, but its all the zebras, ostriches, elephants, rhinos, and mang othere well sized species were not.... I dont know if its a budget thing or private funding, but the commisioner or zoo manager need to open there eyes. There has to be a veterinarian there who cries themselves to sleep at night, because of these conditions.

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