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Monday, September 7, 2009

Brownsville Appreciation Days at Glady Porter Zoo Sept. 11-13


I received a behind-the-scenes tour of our Gladys Porter Zoo last week, and I gained a greater appreciation for everything the zoo offers Brownsville with its limited resources. Many do not know that the Zoo is a city-owned facility that annually draws more than 390,000 visitors.

The Zoo serves as a living classroom with its unique plants and animals, provides habitat for resident and migratory birds and represents an ecotourism site for the Texas birding trail. More than 45 percent of its visitors are non-Brownsville visitors. As compared to other city-owned zoos such as the Dallas Zoo, the Texas Zoo, the Houston Zoo, the El Paso Zoo, etc., the Gladys Porter Zoo's receives the least amount of city funds to supplement its budget.

All residents living inside Brownsville city limits will be able to visit the Zoo Sept. 11-13 for the special admission price of $2. Residents will need to show proof of residency. Identification such as a driver’s license, utility receipt or school ID will suffice. At least one family member must show proof of residency at the gate. For more information, call (956) 546-7187 or visit
www.gpz.org.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you tell your fellow commissioners to leave the Zoo alone? He was very rude to our director who performed admireably under the circumstances. They do an outstanding job. My out of town family always visit our zoo when they come into town. Brownsville is blessed to have them here and nowhere else in the valley. It was as if an uncultured neanderthal attacked our zoo for no other reason than for sport. I would hate to see what a wasteland Brownsville would be if it wasn't for our zoo and the sales tax dollars it attracts to sponsor other "attractions" like the Camille.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the zoo is great! we need to support it!!! instead of walking around hanna, go buy a 35 dollar annual membership and walk around the zoo. it's shady and a lot cooler.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009  

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