Did you know that in 1910 before San Antonio Zoo existed we had San Pedro Park. Where a small private collection of animals were housed for people to see. Then in 1914, George W. Brackenridge donated a few elk and buffalo to have on display is the Brackenridge Park. In 1929, San Antonio Zoo officially opened with 344 animals on the land that Mr. Brackenridge donated. It was also the first zoo to have cage-less exhibits! Now, 88 years later it has a whopping 9,000 animals representing more than 750 species.
Back when the zoo first opened they used to give elephant rides as an up close animal encounter activity. How cool is that??? Sadly, that stopped when the elephant grabbed her trainer with her trunk and threw him. Sadly, the trainer passed due to head injuries. Nowadays if you are seeking animal interactions you can take part in the giraffe feeding For $5 you can feed the giraffe 3 leaves of lettuce. My kids did this and they LOVE it. They couldn’t get over the way the giraffe’s tongue looked! I would totally recommend it. This is a fairly new exhibit so take advantage of it. It’s an experience they will not forget!
This zoo had fairly reasonable prices. My favorite was the Fun day pass which in my opinion is the way to go if you have kids.It promises you an action packed day because it includes zoo admission, butterfly area admission, carousel ride and train ride. It’s tons of fun. The train ride is taken in Brackenridge Park which is a beautiful place to visit. Brackenridge was founded in 1899 and the coolest thing about this park is that it shows evidence of human habitation dating back to 11,000 years ago. Isn’t that cool!! They have even found Native American artifacts dating back as early as 9200 B.C. in the Olmos Basin and near Hildebrand Avenue within the park. It is because of this that they have named the park the most significant archeological site in Texas. So if you’re into historical sites this is the place for you.
The Historial evidence is not the only fun you can have in this 343-acre park. The park also homes Japanese Tea Gardens and Brackenridge Park Golf Course (which also happens to be the old golf course in Texas). I would totally recommend having a picnic at this park.
(Note: All black and white photos were taken from Express News, San Antonio Express News, Express News Archives and Express News File.)
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