Texas has some pretty incredible zoos, all with their own distinct feel. To me, as a child growing up in San Antonio, going to the San Antonio Zoo is purely nolstagic. I love to walk around this zoo, getting flooded with fun childhood memories. It holds a special place in my heart and I love to explore it through my children’s eyes now.
Established in 1914 with a small collection of deer, elk, buffalo, monkeys, a pair of lions and 4 bears, the San Antonio Zoo now has over 3500 animals of 600 species. It was one of the first zoos in the country to have “cage-less” habitats for it’s animals. I have always loved the landscape of this zoo – the rock quarry walls provide the perfect backdrop for so many of the animals.
The San Antonio Zoo recently opened the Africa Live Safari experience. This exhibit immerses you into Africa with the landscape, the animals, and the people. We haven’t had a chance to see this new exhibit, but we can’t wait to!
We really enjoyed spending time at the Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot most of all. We climbed & swung like monkeys. We took our shoes off and played on the riverbank. We climbed on a giant tortoise. We played in the campground, looking for birds. And we laughed and laughed at the prairie dogs eating lunch. The Nature Spot is the perfect place to let the kids out of the stroller and explore this wonderful hands-on exhibit.
The Spring is a perfect time to visit the San Antonio Zoo – the weather is ideal – not yet too hot! We are big fans of the fantastic zoo!
Texas Travel Facts on the San Antonio Zoo: