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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 year round
  • Admission for children under 2 is FREE, Children 3-11 is $11.25, Adults $14.25
  • A family membersip starts at $99 and pays for itself in as little as two visits
  • The Zoo spans 56 acres. Thirty-five acres are public pathways and exhibits
  • The Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals representing 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
  • Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums with twenty-five plus years of continous accreditation status
  • Accredited by the Zoological Association of America
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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