San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo is home to more than 3,800 animals representing 750 species. Here are a few of the Zoo’s current exhibits: African Plains, Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot, Butterflies! Caterpillar Flight School, Lory Landing, Gibbon Forest Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, Richard Friedrich Aquarium, Reptile House, Hixon Bird House, Rift Valley, Cranes of the World. The San Antonio Zoo is open 365 days a year.

What is now known as the San Antonio Zoo began in 1914 when Colonel George Washington Brackenridge, one of the city's leading citizens, placed bison, deer, monkeys, lions, and bears on land he had deeded to the city. The land became Brackenridge Park and Golf Course.

The San Antonio Zoo opened two of the first cageless exhibits in America in November 1929 that offered visitors views of the animals not available in caged exhibits. The Richard Friedrich Aquarium was dedicated in 1948, and the Hixon Bird House, funded through the efforts of Colonel Frederick C. Hixon, opened in 1966. The zoo's bird collection is now one of the world's largest.

The San Antonio Zoo housed the first herd of Addra Gazelle in captivity in 1969 and continues to be active in the breeding program for this critically endangered species. Due to the former hoofstock quarantine point in San Antonio, the San Antonio Zoo has historically had a wide variety of hoofstock species.

The zoo is involved in breeding a number of endangered species including black rhino, leopard, golden lion tamarin, dama gazelle, Attwater's Prairie Chicken, black mangabey, African lion, black-footed ferret, komodo dragon, andean condor, and Caribbean flamingos.

The zoo recently opened Phase II of the Africa Live project. Phase I brought a new exhibit for hippos with underwater viewing area and one for new Nile Crocodiles as well as many other smaller animals. Phase II contains Angolan Colobus Monkeys, Okapi, African Hunting Dogs, Rock Hyrax, and various species of birds contained in the 2nd largest aviary in the world. On June 18, 2013 a two-headed turtle, along with three one-headed turtles hatched. The two-headed turtle was later named Thelma and Louise after the 1991 film.



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