With more than 3,500 animals from over 750 species, the San Antonio Zoo is home to some of the world’s most incredible creatures. Throughout the day visitors can experience close encounters with giraffes, lions, elephants, tigers, pelicans, hippos, crocodiles, and more. The animal habitats are set up to be both educational and recreational, so that you learn about the animals while enjoying your time at the park.
The zoo offers one of the largest bird collections in the country, as well as recognized breeding programs for endangered and threatened species. In fact, it was the first zoo to successfully reproduce the rare white rhinoceros in North America. The zoo emphasizes conservation and high standards of plant and animal care, and was one of the first in the United States to have cage-less habitats. Aside from the exhibits, there is a zoo train that takes visitors around the premises, a butterfly garden, open rainforest, and carousel.
The San Antonio Zoo is located in the Brackenridge Park area of the city. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, admission costs $14.50 for adults with reduced rates of $11.50 for seniors and children. The zoo train (additional $3.50 for a ticket) is a fun and easy way to get around the park. Food and drink are not allowed inside. Parking is plentiful and free.