Zoos, or zoological gardens, exist in many forms all over the world. The first zoo showing wild animals from exotic locations to the public was opened in London Zoo, in 1828.
Zoo now often incorporate landscape immersion, where the animals' natural environment is recreated in their enclosures.
Modern zoos range from safari parks, where visitors drive through vast areas, seeing animals in the open range, to petting or childrens' zoos, where children can hold or stroke domestic and farm animals. Zoos also include aquariums, animal sanctuaries, animal theme parks, bird parks and reptile parks, and there are even butterfly zoos.
Zoo visits are fun, entertaining and educational, so wherever you are, visit your local zoo.
Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, United States
The Gladys Porter Zoo
The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, opened its doors to the public in 1971, and welcomes more than 400 000 visitors each year. Set on 31 acres of attractive grounds, The Gladys Porter Zoo, divided into 4 areas, Asia, Africa, Tropical America and Indo-Australia, is home to an interesting collection of 377 species of animals as well as 225 types of plants.The zoo grounds are ideal for many events including birthday parties, weddings and more, and our catering staff can provide outstanding sit-down dinners or casual dining events. Kids parties at our zoo are always enjoyable, and our party packages include all the basics required for fun events.