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San Antonio Zoo Zootennial
Take a trip through the Zoo like never before with your Passport to Adventure! Explore the sights and sounds of far away lands as you collect passport stamps from exciting destinations inside YOUR San Antonio Zoo! Stay tuned for more information as we prepare for a journey of fun and excitement! YOUR Passport to Adventure begins March 1, 2013!
For more information on Passport to Adventure, visit our website.
In 2014, the San Antonio Zoo will commemorate its first 100 years. And the centerpiece of this centennial celebration will be the creation of Zootennial Plaza"a thoughtfully, meticulously designed $8 million gathering place that will include:
- An upscale restaurant
- A centralized family gathering area for casual and reserved occasions
- A custom-designed carousel
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 100 years, the collective efforts of dedicated individuals have helped the San Antonio Zoo become one of the best in the nation.
Our passion for feeding San Antonio's wild side continues stronger than ever. The Zoo is a place where entire families can enjoy themselves, where memories are made, and where imaginations run wild. Where else can you see the worlds largest reptiles, hear the haunting calls of a family of gibbons swinging high in the sky, watch an okapi pluck leaves with its foot-long tongue, or meet a hippo, face to face?
We have a long history of working with endangered species. From our work with whooping cranes that began in the 1950s, to the 1990s when we partnered with Texas Parks & Wildlife to assist with the endangered Attwaters prairie chicken, we have an established history of Texas conservation. Overall, the Zoo participates in over 230 endangered species programs, and we play a major role in breeding endangered animals from all over the world.
We've accomplished so much in our first hundred years, but we could not have done it without your support. We look forward to your continued partnership as we start our next hundred years! Today, new exhibits are just as ground-breaking as those unveiled in the 1920s. Whether it is the underwater viewing and immersive experience of Africa Live Phase One, the lush vegetation and sky-high aviary of Africa Live Phase Two, or the spacious and natural habitat of Gibbon Forest, the San Antonio Zoo is bar none in modern exhibitry, while providing our animals with the highest standard of care.
The San Antonio Zoo is the only Zoo in the United States that has a separate children's area designed for children aged 0-5 years.
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.
Here is a list of some of our Current Exhibits:
The spirit of Africa is unmistakable at the San Antonio Zoo. Africa Live! The Zoos newest exhibit presents an amazing opportunity for Zoo visitors to actually experience the world of Africa - its plants, animals, and people. As home to some of the world's most extraordinary animals, Africa is a continent like no other.Because more animals are threatened by loss of habitat than any other factor, it is especially important for people to view these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Few people will have the opportunity to travel to the continent of Africa. It is our goal to transport Zoo visitors into this majestic land.
Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School
Visitors experience a spectacular butterfly garden where they are immersed in a lush butterfly habitat surrounded by hundreds of butterflies moving freely throughout the exhibit. Fifteen to 20 species of butterflies delight guests through intimate interaction. These beautiful, colorful creatures are curious, approachable and often rest on visitors as they stroll through the garden.
Guests go home with a greater understanding of these fragile, beautiful butterflies, and a deeper appreciation for the importance of maintaining their habitat to ensure their survival.
The Kronkoskys Tiny Tot Nature Spot
During each and every visit, children will be immersed in nature experiences that encourage the senses, as well as the sense of discovery. Whether feeding the fish, uncovering pretend tortoise eggs, wading in the stream, holding a worm, climbing like a monkey, creating a leaf collage, looking for insects, floating twigs down the stream or meeting a frog for the very first time, each experience will enhance the child's emotional, physical, and social development. Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot will not only help develop physical social, cognitive, and emotional awareness, but also environmental consciousness, and that benefits everyone.
An Australian rainforest environment that engages Zoo guests with hundreds of brightly colored, nectar-eating lorikeets. Visitors come in close contact with these beautiful and gregarious small parrots. Guests can purchase a cup of nectar from which the lorikeets feed while perched on a their hand or while resting on their shoulder.
To find out more about the San Antonio Zoo and all it has to offer, visit our website.