BROWNSVILLE, Texas – As the year comes to an end, we take a closer look at one of the most popular attractions of the Rio Grande Valley.
Thousands of visitors flock to Gladys Porter Zoo each year to see the gorillas, feed the giraffes, and learn about the many species from around the world.
A busy year for the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. With over 300 species and counting, the local attraction says this past year was one of their best.
From baby gorillas to new giraffes and new attractions, there was plenty new to keep busy in 2019.
“It was a fabulous year. Good reproduction. This year we had lots of breeding going on. We had a baby pigmy hippo that’s doing well, baby giraffe. For the first time in several years, we had baby gorillas,” said Dr. Burchfield of the Gladys Porter Zoo.
And the list goes on from added warthogs to exhibits featuring some of the rarest lizards in the world. There are now over 1,600 animals at the local site with many milestones crossed, including the successful breeding of 10 baby flamingos.
“That’s probably the best year in recent history in terms of breeding our American flamingo species,” said Dr. Burchfield.
Attendance was also good for the local destination. During the 3-day event known as Zoo Nights and Lights this December, they saw approximately 12,000 visitors. As the site continues to bring in more people, so do their ambitions grow for 2020.
“What we’re going to be focusing on is enhancing the botanical aspects of the Zoo. We’re going to label a lot more of the plants. Creating more shading area for the public, and we will be looking to renovating and creating some new exhibits, but I’m not going to spill the beans yet,” concluded Dr. Burchfield.
They say hot or cold, rain or shine, they’re going to make sure visiting the zoo continues to be an amazing experience.
The zoo will be doing its end of year play day this Sunday, that’s when all animals will be receiving treats wrapped in holiday-themed packages.