Gladys Porter Zoo

Gladys Porter Zoo The Gladys Porter Zoo is an oasis nestled in the center of Brownsville, Texas. With 26 acres of lush tropical plants and some 1,300 animals, the Gladys Porter Zoo is known for it's successes in breeding endangered species of wildlife. The Gladys Porter Zoo is owned by the City of Brownsville and is operated by the Board of Directors of the Valley Zoological Society.  Gladys Porter provides a perfect break from the beach or visits to Mexico.  We had a great time on our visit there.

 

 

Marlis checks out the flamingos Time for lunch The jaguar rests in the shade on a very hot day The pink flamingo struts his (her?) stuff. Monica pets the goats Marlis with the goats Weston hangs out with the saber-tooth tiger as we take a break from the heat and injoy the cool indoor exhibit on dinosaurs.

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<p>Totally bored male Lion in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>...and now in the category of weird animals you wish you had not seen -<br />
Borneo Bearded Pig in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Scarlet Ibis in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Harnessed Bushbuck in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Octopus in Russel aquarium in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.<br />
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I had a date that seemed to have this many arms.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Manta Ray in Russel aquarium in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017. So fast and graceful.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Crowned Crane in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Texas Tooth fish at Russel Aquarium in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Male Mandrill at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov.2017.<br />
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Impressive animal but among the most aggressive bullies in the animal world - except for man, of course.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Pair of Crowned Cranes in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.<br />
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Maybe they are praying for their release?  This would be an excellent animal for churches to have on their front lawn. Maybe the kids would stop whining about losing an hour of phone time to go see them.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Native to Asia and S. America, the Silk Floss tree is a source for Kapok - a fluffy insulation material. <i>Ceiba speciosa</i> It has large thorns on the trunk and branches. Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.<br />
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The green leaves are on a different tree.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Native to Asia and S. America, the Silk Floss tree is a source for Kapok - a fluffy insulation material. <i>Ceiba speciosa</i> It has large thorns on the trunk and branches. Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/132165466@N08/">karenmelody</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Phoenicopterus roseus, captive, Brownsville Texas. October 2017</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/132165466@N08/">karenmelody</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Phoenicopterus roseus, captive, Brownsville Texas. October 2017</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/8113246@N02/">M.P.N.texan</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>My personal favorite - Giraffe in Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Nov. 2017.</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/132165466@N08/">karenmelody</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Symphalangus syndactylus, Gladys Porter Zoo; a Malasian gibbon</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/132165466@N08/">karenmelody</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Phoenicopterus roseus, captive, Brownsville Texas. October 2017</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/132165466@N08/">karenmelody</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Symphalangus syndactylus, Gladys Porter Zoo; a Malasian gibbon</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/132165466@N08/">karenmelody</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>Symphalangus syndactylus, Gladys Porter Zoo; a Malasian gibbon</p>			<p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/reddirtpics/">Lindell Dillon</a> posted a photo:</p>
	
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<p>A Komodo Dragon from the Indonesian Komodo Islands.  Grows up to 10-feet long and has no fear of humans. Although not venomous, they carry a toxic soup of bacteria in their saliva that will kill any animal they bite.  Gladys Porter Zoo.  Brownsville, TX.</p>
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