The San Antonio Zoo is home to 750 species of amphibians, mammals, birds, and reptiles. The grounds feature eight enormous exhibits where you can get up close and personal with animals from all over the world. Zoo visitors are encouraged to participate in many animal encounters involving feeding certain animals, and there are plenty of other educational opportunities around the zoo.
Africa Live! Is the newest exhibit to the San Antonio Zoo and captures the spirit of Africa in a safari like experience that visitors love. The exhibit features many creatures that are currently endangered due to loss of habitat. The zoo has recreated their natural environment, and some of the animals featured in this exhibit include hippos, crocodiles, and African Cichlids, all visible through underwater viewing windows.
The African Plains main attraction is the watering hole. Here, guests can sit and rest while watching many different plains animals graze and bathe. Man-made cliffs, streams, and natural limestone as well as plants native to Africa fill in this landscape where you can view zebras, cranes, topi, storks, and antelope, while you get ready for the next adventure through Rift Valley Tract where other native African animals can be seen.
Amazonia is a completely outdoor exhibit that features lush greenery and the zoos main waterway. There are over 30 species of tropical animals living in this exhibit as well as rare orchids and other Amazon native plants for guests to enjoy. Many visitors enjoy the free flight deck where birds fly right over your head, and the monkey habitats including the Spider Monkeys and New World Monkeys. You can also feed the fish and see exotic cats such as the jaguar and ocelot.
Cranes of the World is an exhibit dedicated solely to the different varieties of cranes, and it was built around the zoo's waterway. You can see Whooping Cranes, Blue Cranes, Manchurian crane, and hooded cranes in this walk through habitat.
Gibbon Forrest is a naturalistic enclosure where from behind paned glass, visitors can view the gibbons as they play and swing on vines that hang from the wire-enclosed ceiling. There are many learning experiences in this exhibit that teach how these apes biologically bridge a gap to the great apes like the chimpanzee and gorilla and how their family structure requires both genders to take on roles in family rearing.
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