The San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium
In 1914, Col. George W. Brackenridge placed buffalo, elk, deer, monkeys, lions, and bears on a land that he deeded over to the city of San Antonio. This land is Brackenridge Park. The area that contains the zoo became known as the San Antonio Zoo. The zoo has grown to be one of the largest and most respected in the world. Perhaps the most significant of its many innovations is the Richard Friedrich Aquarium (constructed in 1948) and the Hixon Bird House (constructed in 1966). Both of these branches of the San Antonio Zoo are highly admired worldwide.
The San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium is a place of family fun and relaxation, but it also takes very seriously world-class zoological research, education, and conservation. The zoo has been fortunate to be led by a long line of excellent volunteer leaders who have taken the zoo very seriously. They can be credited for the present status of the zoo. Every year 1,000,000 visitors experience its 56 acres of 8,500 animals.
The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium resides in Brackenridge Park, north of downtown San Antonio at 3803 N. St. Mary’s St. The zoo is open 365 days a year from 9-5. The admission cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 3 to 11, $4 for handicapped children ages 3 to 14, $5 for handicapped persons 15 and up, free for blind persons and children under 3. For further information and additional inquiries call 210-734-7184.