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San Antonio Zoo Undergoes Big Changes

The San Antonio Zoo has an all new logo, but that’s just the beginning.

The face of the San Antonio Zoo is changing. Over the last 16 months, almost every corner of the property has been transformed with a nearly $4 million investment. The new logo shows an evolving zoo, with a renewed focus on conservation.

We’re writing the next chapter in the San Antonio Zoo’s history,” said Tim Morrow, Executive Director and CEO of the Zoo. “We have a beloved zoo that’s rich in history, but we must look forward to reimagining this place for the next century to provide the latest advancements in animal care, habitats and guest experiences.”

Since Morrow’s arrival in December 2014, an unprecedented amount of change has been made including rennovations and improvements to more than 100 animal habitats. The largest habitat change is The Savanna which is home to three male giraffes.  The exhibit opened earlier this year and gives guests an eye-to-eye point of view of the world’s tallest land mammals.  The area also hosts giraffe feedings at designated times each day for a nominal fee.

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Even more recently, the Zoo expanded its Savanna rain garden into the elephant habitat inside the Africa Live! attraction. The rain garden utilizes the previous mote in front of the elephant habitat. This allows the harvesting and reuse of rainwater and runoff. During this project, the zoo took the opportunity to also enlarge the habitat, added over a dozen trees, and built an all-new pool.  The lion habitat is next on the list to receive a major upgrade. The project is scheduled for this summer.

Zoological facilities have been around for a very long time, enjoyed by families, friends, and couples for their varied attractions, educational programs, and interaction opportunities. The priority of every accredited zoo and aquarium is the safety and well being of animals and patrons. Zoos will continue to evolve by upgrading and improving habitats, inventing new ways to perform education outreach with new technology, and collecting data from animals and applying that learning to conservation projects in the wild.

The non-profit San Antonio Zoological Society, which raises more than 98 percent of its annual operating budget through ticket prices and fundraising activities, reinvests its revenues into the facility that remains owned by the City of San Antonio.




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