San Antonio Zoo has plan to improve facilities, increase activities offered

New ideas, concepts in the works

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the zoo exhibits, or what's to come at the park?

For the past 17 months zoo officials have visited zoos across the nation to learn new ways of doing things.

San Antonio zoo officials said they want to grow the size of the zoo and increase the activities offered as part of their "master plan".

In the latest installment of KSAT 12's Summer Fun Series, KSAT 12's reporter Josh Skurnik visited the San Antonio Zoo and explored the future of the park.

Below are the segments from GMSA on Friday morning:

Additional Information:

The San Antonio Zoo, established in 1914, is one of the first cageless zoos in the U.S.

Col. George W. Brackenridge had a collection of animals in the 1800s in San Pedro Park, which eventually became the San Antonio Zoo.

In 1929 the Barless Bear Terraces and Primate Paradise opened, giving visitors unique views of the animals.

The Richard Friedrich Aquarium opened in 1948, followed by the Hixon Bird House in 1966.

The zoo currently houses more than 750 species of animals including giraffes, elephants, monkeys, hippos and more.

The Viva Culture bus route has a stop right in front of the zoo gate if you want to avoid long lines for parking.

Several Pokémon have also been sighted at the zoo recently. There are more than a dozen “Pokémon Go” stops inside the zoo grounds and one Pokémon gym.

Pricing:
Adults: $14.25
Children: $11.25
Children under age 2 receive free admission.

Click here for zoo hours.

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