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Gladys Porter Zoo

an oasis nestled in the center of Brownsville

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

We are open:

Every Day: 9 am – 5 pm
Extended Summer Hours


Adults: $13.00
Children (2-13): $8.00
Children under 2: Free
Seniors (65+): $10.50


Telephone: (956) 546-2177
Administrative Office: (956) 546-7187
Education Department: (956) 548-9453

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500 Ringgold Street
Brownsville, Texas 78520