We headed out to the Gladys Porter Zoo. It’s just down the road a little ways in Harlingen. We’ve been to this zoo before but it was many, many years ago. Although there seemed to be an unusual number of employees zipping around in little carts, the zoo was looking pretty run down. We paid $2 extra to go into the butterfly house. We saw a Gulf Fritillary, 2 snouts and a hummingbird in the butterfly house.
I have mixed feelings about zoos. On the one hand I do not like to see animals in cages or in their captive “natural settings” just sitting there looking depressed and lonely. Knowing that they should be out running as fast as they can. That’s probably why I didn’t take too many pictures while we were there. On the other hand I’m glad there is a place that injured animals have a safe place to live out their lives.
If you go to the zoo website they do list many ways they are helping out animals with wildlife rehabilitation, species survival plans, sea turtle rescue, etc.
Flamingos (there were lots of different species)
Scarlet Ibis - We saw hundreds of these beautiful birds on a trip to Tobago.
Mandarin Duck (related to the Wood Duck)
So, what is the answer to the age old question “where do tigers come from?”
The story we heard was that there was a woman sitting in the WallyWorld parking lot trying to sell three tiger cubs. They were confiscated and taken to the Gladys Porter Zoo.