Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Brownsville: Gladys Porter Zoo

Photo by Valerie D. Bates

Explore one of the top zoos in the country. Take a trek through Africa, Asia, Tropical America and Indo-Australia. Encounter three generations of gorillas, tigers, macaws, kangaroos, Komodo dragons, 255 species of tropical plants and more. Most animals are displayed in settings that resemble their natural habitat. The Zoo also features a herpetarium, nursery and animal contact yard. Large numbers of native wild birds find sanctuary on Zoo grounds.


  • 500 E Ringgold Street
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • 78520


Hours & Fees

  • Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

  • Adults: $12, Seniors: $10.50, Ages 2-13: $8, Age 1 and under: Free