Brownsville Audio Program
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Texas Less Traveled.com presents: Our Part of Texas... spotlighting Brownsville, On the Border, By the Sea... It sounds ridiculous, but did you know in addition to 400 native bird specieis, Brownsville also is the home lions, tigers and bears?
It's been called one of the finest tropical zoos in the world -- Welcome to the Gladys Porter Zoo, A visitor-oriented zoological and botanical park dedicated to the preservation of nature through education, conservation and research. Opened to the public in 1971, the facility was completely planned, built, stocked, equipped and then given to the City of Brownsville by the Earl C. SaMsFoundation. Mr. SaM was the chairman of the board of J C Penney Company.
The zoo's is located on 31 acres in central Brownsville, The zoo is a tropical paradise and home to over 1,500 animal species from around the world. The zoo is a popular attraction in the Valley. In 2001, the Zoo had a record attendance of nearly 420,000. Gladys Porter Zoo is open every day of the year. The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
Admission: Adults: $8.50, Children (2-13 years): $5.25, Seniors (Over 65): $7.00, Children under 2 years admitted free. Our Part of Texas is brought to you in part by Brownsville Coffee Shop #2...serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to Brownsville for over a generation. Delicious homecooked food anytime of day. Brownsville Coffee Shop #2.
For more information about Brownsville and the Gladys Porter Zoo, log on to the official Zoo Web Site.