Gladys Porter Zoo@gladysporterzoo

Located in Brownsville, Texas. A tropical oasis ~1,600 animals.

http://www.gpz.org/

Isn't it WILD that the tiny Galapagos tortoise at the bottom of the picture will one day grow up to be as big as this adult. *Mind-blown* Giant tortoise like these Galapagos tortoises are the longest-lived of all vertebrates, averaging over 100 years of age.
Photo Credit: Patty Scanlan

#ITTW #GladysPorterZoo #GalapagosTortoise


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Its International Turtle and Tortoise Week (ITTW) so we thought we'd share some of our turtle residents with you all. Pictured below is a pair of Coahuilan box turtles.
Earlier this year, the IUCN released a list of the Top 50 Endangered Turtle/Tortoises and this species, unfortunately, made the list.
The Gladys Porter Zoo is one of less than 20 AZA Zoos that house/breed Coahuilan Box Turtles. Photo credit: Patty Scanlan
#ITTW #GladysPorterZoo #SavingSpecies


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REPOST from @joelsartore || Sable antelope like this one at the @gladysporterzoo are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during dawn and dusk. They spend their time in Eastern Africa grazing on foliage and herbs. They especially enjoy snacking on greens found on termite mounds. The impressive horns this male is showing off aren’t just for looks. Adult sable antelopes are feared by almost all creatures, including large predators like lions and hyenas. When threatened, these ungulates will confront any predator, intimidating them with their 40 inch (101 cm) horns. It’s not uncommon for big cats to lose a fight with a sable. Because they hold their own so well in the wild, this species’ only major threat is humans. Poaching and loss of habitat have begun to deplete their populations, but thankfully there are many protected lands for them to roam in countries like Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. ||


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Spring is in the air and the flowers are blooming! Bugambilias and Plumbago are just a few of the beautiful flowering plants you can find here at the Zoo.
Photo credit: Darlene Campbell


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It's a beautiful day to be outside! Suede, our female orinoco crocodile, is enjoying basking in the sun.
Orinoco crocs are South America's largest predator. They are also one of the most endangered of all the crocodilians, with an estimated 250-1,500 individuals left in the wild.


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Join us next Saturday as we celebrate Earth Day with a PARTY FOR THE PLANET. Visit different stations throughout the Zoo where we'll teach your kids the importance of taking care of our planet, as well as all the beautiful creatures that we share it with. This event is free with the purchase of general admission or Zoo membership.


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Here we have our female white rhinos, Julie and Abby (mother and daughter), enjoying a little snack together.
Did you know that a group of rhinos is called a "crash". Crashes typically consist of females and calves, while bulls tend to live solitary lives.


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The updates in the lions’ exhibit have been completed. We think it’s safe to say that Jamil approves 👍🏼


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We are so happy to show off these beautiful awards that were presented to Torque Films for the commercial that was created for the Gladys Porter Zoo: "A Day Without Wifi". GOLD: Cross Platform/ Integrated Advertising Campaigns/ Consumer Campaign-Local
BEST OF: Online/ Interactive Advertising & Promotion Campaign
GOLD: Online/ Interactive Advertising & Promotion Campaign

Not pictured:
Silver- Film, Video & Sound Television Advertising - Local Campaign
Silver- Film, Video & Sound Television Advertising - Local Single Spot :60 seconds or more

The full commercial can be viewed on our YouTube channel.


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We have something new to look forward to at the Zoo!
We will now be offering Flamingo Feedings EVERY WEEKEND (weather permitting). Feeding times will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
#GladysPorterZoo #Flamingos #AnimalEncounters


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Long week? Not to worry. Friday is finally here! We hope your weekend plans include a visit to the Gladys Porter Zoo.
Did you know that white tigers are not a separate species of tiger? This rare coloration can only be found in Bengal tigers. As majestic and powerful as they are, their population in the wild continues to decline due to hunting and habitat loss. Photo Credit: Darlene Campbell
#SupportConservation #GladysPorterZoo #FierceFriday


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This week has just ssslithered on by. Who's ready for the weekend?
Pictured below is the tiger rat snake, a nonvenomous snake that is native to South and Central America. They are excellent hunters, preying primarily on (you guessed it) rodents.
Photo Credit: Tracey Fandre


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