The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is undoubtedly a local’s pride. Its vibrant environment offers great deals of excitement for both children and adults alike. Besides from the numerous collections of animals to view, there are plenty of interactive activities you can do. To be more exact, there are 11 animating must-see exhibits at this zoo.
It is currently the most famous exhibit at the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium. The experience at Africa Live! is amazingly wonderful. Just as they promised, it makes you feel transported to the majestic land of Africa. That is, the zoo showcases not only the African animals but the plants and people of Africa as well. The new Phase II of Africa Live! holds the Angolan Colobus Monkeys, Okapi, African Hunting Dogs, Rock Hyrax, and other species of birds. But among all of these African animals, our family enjoyed the amazing Hippos the most. It has a big glass window where you can actually have a face to face encounter with these giants. The experience is awesome. We have noticed that the kids especially enjoy this one. Some kids just stood and stared with amazement and some even followed the hippo’s every move. What makes it more amazing is you can actually witness how large their mouths are! So may we suggest that you head straight to Africa Live first! Take our advice especially during the summer or hot sunny days. why? Specifically to take advantage of the room’s air-conditioning!
This is another brilliant idea of San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium. This particular area explains that all animals have something in common no matter what kind and species they are. This one point is their need for water. Thus, you’ll notice a water hole which is the main feature of African Plains. This is where you could find the giraffes, ostriches, African crowned cranes, Topi, Marabou storks, and other antelopes.
If your children adore feeding the fishes, come straight to the pond of Amazonia. There are available feed slots in the area. Just prepare your quarters though! Some of the animals that you can see in this exhibit are jaguars, ocelots, cotton-topped tamarins, marmosets, Capuchins, white-faced Saki monkeys, armadillos, bats, macaws, and giant Andean condor.
This exhibit is one of our favorites! My daughter and I love butterflies thus we enjoyed this exhibit so much. Even if you have been to other butterfly exhibits before, still it is a must to visit the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium’s version. There is a $1.00 entrance fee though. If you’re wondering why, it is for the zoo to continuously replenish the exhibit. According to them, they need to buy butterflies on a regular basis because butterflies only have a lifespan of 2-3 weeks. But nevertheless, your $1.00 is all worth it. There are about 15 to 20 different species of butterflies so you’ll definitely find these creatures enchanting. Unfortunately, this exhibit has a time frame. You’ll be able to visit the butterflies from March to November only. And it is open from 10:00 am until 5:00 in the afternoon.
Cranes of the World
Oh we love this exhibit, too! It’s an area where you can interact freely with these huge feathered friends. So take the advantage of taking amazing shots with them. But don’t worry though, most of the time they are just inside their fenced abode. It is still open, yes, that’s why it is something unique that most visitors will love about. Some cranes in this exhibit are the whooping crane, blue crane, Manchurian crane, and hooded crane.
Witness how gibbons’ natural behavior is. It is a good opportunity for every guest to understand how these apes interact, communicate and generally observe their behavior. Your little ones would surely be delighted to see them swinging from branch to branch and from vines to vines. And if you have a toddler, ask them to differentiate each one of the gibbons through their colors- shades of brown, black and or white.
Hixon Bird House
Keep in mind this exhibit especially when you visit on a hot day! Hixon Bird House is a cooled circular building with tons of bird species, so expect a relaxing mood in this area. The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium houses birds like road runner, burrowing owl, fairy bluebird, Egyptian plover, and sun bittern which are all from different places of the world. There is just one favor the zoo is asking for their guests once inside the Hixon Bird House. That is, please try to keep quiet so the birds won’t get frightened.
Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot
Now, it is time for a special spot for your tiny tots! It is a place where they can truly call their very own. Kronkosky’s is a real winner. What make this spot absolutely special are the hands-on activities. For example, feeding the guinea pigs, digging up for worms, plant seeds, play in the stream, climb on giant tortoise shells, and a lot more of exploring activities. It is unique and definitely a thrilling experience for your little ones.
Are you in-love with these attractive colorful lorikeets? Well, this is just the perfect exhibit for you at the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium. We suggest you to buy the $1.00 cup of nectar to feed these adorable birds. We had a blast feeding the lorikeets, one of them even landed on our daughter’s head! Some of them pecked my husband’s shoes! They are really full of surprises, so to say.
Attwater’s Prairie Chicken
It’s not just an ordinary chicken! Check out this exhibit and learn more on how the zoo raises these endangered birds. This is a great exhibit for your children to learn the importance of protecting the animals from extinction. It may sound a gigantic word for the little ones but exposing them to such issues like this will enable them to learn more on how to take good care of their pets and all the animals in the world.
Lastly, TOADally is an exhibit featuring the unified conservation efforts of the world to save amphibians. As a matter of fact, little do the people know that frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are facing the extinction crisis. So in regards to this matter, this exhibit is a great way of promoting ways to help keep these certain species alive. Learn more on how you can share a bit of your time and effort to save these creatures from extinction at the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium.
It is a 100% guarantee that not only will you have a terrific time but you’ll also be enlightened and well-informed. All the exhibits are totally amusing that you’ll find it hard for you to roam around the zoo in one full day. That is, considering that your kids may be stuck for hours in Kronkosky’s, Africa Live or at the Lory Landing. There are a lot to see and enjoy at the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium. So try to arrive at their opening hour from 9:00 am and enjoy all their exhibits until 5:00 pm. Though, the zoo still allows their guests to stay up until 6:00 pm, which is nice. Additionally, the parking is free. As for the admission fees, they are as follows:
Adults – $10.00
Senior Citizens 62 and over – $8.00
Children 3 to 11 years old – $8.00
Military Discount – $1.00
Handicapped 3 to 14 years old – $5.00
Handicapped 15 years old and above – $6.50
The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is at 3903 N. Saint Marys St. San Antonio, Texas 78212. The contact number is 210-734-7291.
San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, http://www.sazoo-aq.org/index.html