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August 2014 E-newsletter


August 2014

Birthday Celebrations

This month, we're celebrating three BIG birthdays! Wish "Chuma" the okapi a happy 23rd birthday on August 8 and come back on August 9 to celebrate "Uma" the hippo's 40th birthday! But that's not all! "Kutu" our white rhinoceros will be celebrating his 18th birthday on August 19th! Whew! What an exciting birthday month! For information on upcoming birthdays and events click here.
Sweet Deal!

Receive .75¢ off a funnel cake when you add fruit topping and ice cream! Redeemable at Fun Farm Cafe only.


Our tiger cubs celebrated their 1st birthday this month! Adopt the cubs all month long for only $10 and recieve a personalized certificate of adoption, fact sheet, and 8x10 color photo!
Click here to adopt today!

Be sure to visit our new Adopt-An-Animal Board on our website here!


Congratulations Bo DePena on your winning photo of "Kutu," our white rhinoceros. Take a look at "Kutu's" wide mouth. While black rhinoceros have a narrow, prehensile lip, which comes in handy for pulling leaves and shrubs, white rhinos have a flatter, wider lip that is perfect for grazing on grass. Learn more about "Kutu" and white rhinos on your next visit to the Zoo!

Want to see YOUR photo highlighted in our monthly e-newsletter? Submit your favorite Zoo photo to [email protected] // for a chance to have it showcased! One entry per person, per month, please.

Flamingo Chicks Abound at Zoo!

Since 1979, the San Antonio Zoo has had a long history of hand-raising flamingo chicks and has established the standard of care necessary for success that is modeled by many other Zoos all over the United States. 2014 has proven to be another record-breaking season with over 40 chicks raised at our Zoo, both parent-reared on exhibit and hand-raised in the Zoo’s brooder room. Hand-raising these babies is no small task, as keepers provide constant care from 6:30 a.m to 10:30 p.m throughout the breeding season. The flamingos produced this year will eventually be moved to other Zoos for exhibit and breeding purposes.

Come see our adorable Caribbean flamingo chicks currently being parent-reared on exhibit at the front of the Zoo. They provide an excellent photo opportunity and are a guest favorite.

See more Zoo babies here >>

A Unique Preschool at the San Antonio Zoo!

Bring your child to the Zoo’s Education Center for a unique nature preschool experience in San Antonio! The Zoo’s teaching staff will introduce your child to plants and animals with hands-on educational opportunities and time in nature. The San Antonio Zoo anticipates a fully licensed preschool program for children attending either part-time or full-time for the fall semester!  For more information, to visit our classroom, or to register, please contact our Education Curator at 210-734-7184, ext. 1502. 

Register for Zoo School here >>


Register for Zoo Run and Kids' Run Today!

Grab your running gear and register for the H-E-B 30th “Animal” Zoo Run, which happens on Friday, September 5 at the San Antonio Zoo. Gather up a team of four to compete in this eight mile relay race benefiting YOUR San Antonio Zoo.

Teams will run two miles each and will compete in one of nine divisions. Registration is $100 per team and participants will receive a Zoo Run t-shirt. Medals are awarded for first, second, and third place in each division. Participants may register online or at the San Antonio Zoo office.

The H-E-B Kids' Zoo Run, directed by the San Antonio Roadrunners, takes place inside the Zoo on Saturday, September 6. The cost is $20.00 per child, and you can pre-register your child online at Children will compete in one of five age categories: ages 0-5 run approximately ¼-mile and children ages 6-11 run ½-mile. T-shirts and ribbons will be awarded to every participant, and medals will be awarded to the top three winning girls and top three winning boys in each age division. Join us for a great run while raising funds for YOUR San Antonio Zoo!

Register for Zoo Run and Kids' Run here >>

See How YOU Can Help the 96Elephants Campaign!

The 96Elephants campaign is starting to gaining momentum, especially here at YOUR San Antonio Zoo!  We are currently collecting signatures and kids' drawings to be sent to Texas legislatures in early August. Our goal is to have 960 personalized drawings! You can participate by stopping by the 96Elephants booth located in front of Africa Live! every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and don't forget to bring your drawings.  The last day you can help with this very important campaign is August 9, 2014. Your signatures can help save the elephants!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page - we will be celebrating World Elephant Day August 12, 2014!

Visit our Facebook page for more information>>

Skip the lines with a Zoo Fun Pass!

Introducing the Zoo Fun Pass and no more waiting in line to purchase your tickets. With the new Zoo Fun Pass, enjoy the butterfly exhibit, a carousel ride, a train ride, and one cup of lory nectar for the Lory Landing exhibit!

Purchase your Zoo Fun Pass at the main gate for $9 per person and receive one FREE box of popcorn per person. Skip the lines and enjoy your Zoo Fun Pass sooner than later!



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