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Zoo Facts

A Few Facts About the San Antonio Zoo

  • Established in 1914
  • The San Antonio Zoo is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
  • Open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Admission for children under 2 is FREE, Children 3-11 is $11.25, Adults $14.25
  • Zoo memberships start at $90 for the entire family and good 365 days a year
  • The Zoo spans 56 acres. Thirty-five acres are public pathways and exhibits
  • The Zoo houses over 9,000 animals of 750 species
  • One of the first “cageless” zoos in the United States
  • Received numerous awards for captive propagation – and we participate in over 230 endangered species programs
  • First to receive Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation;
    of over 2,600 U.S. wildlife exhibitors, only 223 are accredited by AZA
  • One of the largest bird collections in the country
  • Acclaimed breeding programs for endangered and threatened species
  • The first zoo in the country to breed the endangered whooping cranes
  • Visited by nearly 80,000 school children each year
  • First to reproduce the endangered white rhinoceros in North America
  • The first to hatch and rear Caribbean flamingos
  • Successfully bred 53 endangered snow leopards since 1970
  • First to build an amphibian conservation center
  • 1,000,000 guests annually and growing (60% local; 40% tourist)
  • Successfully built a $12 million AFRICA LIVE! phase I safari-like exhibit
  • Opened a $10 million AFRICA LIVE! 2 exhibit
  • Specialized education adventures offered for all ages
  • The only zoo in the country to have separate children’s zoo area, Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot,
    designed for kids 5 and under
  • Listed as one of the 2009 Top 10 Best Zoo’s for Kids by Parents Magazine
  • Listed as the #1 tourist spot by Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnection
  • Only zoo in the country to have a senior veterinarian on staff that is double boarded in zoo medicine and
    in reptile and amphibian medicine 
  • Successfully built an $8 million Zootennial Plaza that includes a new especially designed carousel and restaurant