Situated along the San Antonio River and next to Brackenridge Park, this zoo is considered one of the finest in America, ... More
San Antonio Zoo
Situated along the San Antonio River and next to Brackenridge Park, this zoo is considered one of the finest in America, housing more than 3,500 animals representing more than 700 species. The recently renovated "big cat" exhibit draws big crowds, as does the bird collection, which is one of the largest in the United States. Allow time for wandering aroundeven though there is plenty of directional signage, the exhibits are a confusing maze. San Antonio Zoo offers weekly educational programs and is also available for private events. Call for further information.
This zoo has got a wide variety of animals, especially from Africa, South America, and Australia. For the people who complain about too many birds, this zoo has ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST BIRD COLLECTIONS, which I think is something to PROUD of, not disgusted with! This zoo is doing great things for bird conservation around the globe because of its large collection! I also think the new section, Africa Live Phase I, is fantastic, colorful, and exciting, with hippos, crocodiles, colorful fish, frogs, giant snakes, etc.. My family spent an hour just in that section alone! The construction of Africa Live Phase II is currently underway, and from what I can see of the upcoming exhibits, they look like they will be just as wonderful as Phase I. As long as you don't go on a day that is too cold or too hot (everything will be inside or asleep), this zoo is definitely worth your while.
The San Antonio zoo is very beautiful and has lots to see. The variety of animals is widespread from all areas of the world. The big cats are our favorites! The weather is always unpredictable in Texas, but no matter what it is, the mixture of shade and sun keeps the walking enjoyable. Having annual passes, we have gone at least twice a month and never had any issues with parking and lines any different from the other zoos. When you do go, we have found the animals are more aware and playful in the late morning and mid afternoon. Your visits to the zoo contribute to the care and conservation of not only the animals at SA zoo, but others around the world. Please visit!
We took our two grandkids and I had mixed feelings about the placde. I agree with others. Some of the staff aren't friendly and act like they hate their jobs which reflects in their attitudes. Most visitors were friendly and courteous then you had some like this one woman who washed her kids feet in the drinking fountain and thought it was ok......back to the zoo..my grandkids really liked it and we did as well I just wish they had less birds and a bigger variety of animals.
I have been to many zoo's across the the United States and have never been as disappointed about a zoo in my whole life. To start the parking is a nightmare and very limited unless you arrive very early. They have San Antonio police in front of the parking lot who basically tell you too bad and to go find another place to park. The front gate people are very rude and simply act like you are a burden for coming to the zoo. As for the animals, what a JOKE is all I can say. If you like birds, then I guess this may be the place for you, because that's about all they really have. The other animals which are few and far between don't even look like they are healthy. Don't waste you time or your $10.00 on this place unless you really feel like just giving your money away.
The zoo didn't have many different animals then most zoos. It was not very big but the landscaping and feeling of the zoo was wonderful. They have tons of birds that are very colorful and unique that I had not seen at other zoos. They have a bird tent you can walk through if you are ok with birds flying all around your head and the poop threat.
I have been to lots of zoos and like to enjoy the different features of each one. Honestly, I hadn't heard a lot about this zoo, but we were in the area and wanted to let our 2 year old daughter have something entertaining to do. This zoo is great for little ones! Easy walking, a nice childrens' area and lots of concession stands make this a good choice for families with small children.
The San Antonio Zoo is great! It's got the standard zoo animals (lions, tiger, rhinos, giraffes etc.), but it's also got species that I've never seen anywhere else. Some construction going on, but it's nothing too big. Very nice place. Will be back!
If you take the time to visit the ENTIRE zoo, you'll notice that there are several themes here. Africa and Australia are just two of them. Although there is some construction, I found it very diverse. Children under age 5 will find the Tiny Tot Nature Spot a place they won't want to leave. They have great customer service and everyone we came in contact with were helpful and answered any questions we had with a smile.
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