Gorillas

Will van Overbeek

A treasure in the Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville’s Gladys Porter Zoo is a lush, 31-acre enclave built around a meandering resaca. The zoo, which is known for its success in breeding endangered animals, is home to 377 different species. In the summer, the zoo’s Summer Safari (June 6-August 12, 2016) offers classes and camps for children as young as pre-kindergarten with topics such as “Sharks and Rays” and “Junior Zookeepers.” And on Animal Play Day (July 3, 2016), zookeepers will engage the animals with entertaining enrichment activities and games, such as giving the sea lions fish encased in blocks of ice.

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