San Antonio Zoo Named Top 2 in U.S.

Recognized for Conservation, Animal Welfare & Education

San Antonio Zoo recently came in at #4 in Blooloops Top 17 Zoos & Aquariums in the country. This recognition highlights San Antonio Zoo’s award-winning work in conservation, animal welfare, and education locally and around the world.

According to the publication, this positions San Antonio Zoo as the #2 zoo in the country, behind only Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C., and positions San Antonio Zoo as #1 in Texas. Blooloop is the world’s most-read news source for visitor attractions professionals and joins several others in recognizing San Antonio Zoo as an industry-leading organization.

In the last five years, San Antonio Zoo has been named Best Zoo in Texas (Readers Digest), Top 10 Sightseeing Tickets Sold in World (TripAdvisor), Best Family Attraction (San Antonio Current), Best Forward Thinkers (San Antonio Magazine), and most recently, Readers Choice for Best Local Tourist Attraction along with the River Walk and Pearl Brewery (Express-News). “As we face a biodiversity crisis like never before, these organizations increasingly find themselves on the front line,” said Blooloop in their Top 17 publication. “Good zoos are working on both in-situ and ex-situ conservation projects. They are also conducting research and educating visitors about the ways their actions can have an impact on the planet.” San Antonio Zoo contributes nearly 1 million dollars annually supporting wildlife conservation. Conservation efforts for the zoo span locally, regionally, and worldwide on nearly every continent. San Antonio Zoo welcomes around 1.2 million visitors each year and is open year-round with operations including the largest nature-based preschool in the country, Will Smith Zoo School, the Center for Conservation and Research, and Kiddie Park. “We are incredibly honored for this recognition,” said Tim Morrow, President and CEO of San Antonio Zoo. “Our staff is unwaveringly dedicated to securing a future for the wildlife here and around the world. Every time someone purchases a ticket or membership, it helps fund our global conservation efforts, educational programs, and zoo improvements.” Create one-of-a-kind memories with a visit to the award-winning San Antonio Zoo. Whether embarking on a behind-the-scenes tour, feeding a giraffe, or taking a ride on the brand-new Zoo Train, there are a variety of ways to make a wild connection this season.

Plan your trip to the award-winning San Antonio Zoo today: https://sazoo.org/guest-information/ 

About San Antonio Zoological Society

San Antonio Zoological Society was established in 1929 and is a nonprofit organization committed to securing a future for wildlife. The society operates San Antonio Zoo, Will Smith Zoo School, Edutainment, Center for Conservation and Research at San Antonio Zoo, and Kiddie Park.  

About San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo®, operating since 1914, is a nonprofit zoological facility committed to securing a future for wildlife. Through its passion and expertise in animal care, conservation, and education, the zoo’s mission is to inspire its community to love, engage with, act for and protect animals and the places they live. The zoo welcomes more than a million visitors each year and is open year-round. San Antonio Zoo operates the largest nature-based preschool in the country, Will Smith Zoo School, the Center for Conservation and Research, and Kiddie Park. San Antonio Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoological Association of America, and Humane Certified by American Humane.  

Website www.sazoo.org

Facebook www.facebook.com/SanAntonioZoo

Twitter www.twitter.com/SanAntonioZoo

Instagram www.instagram.com/SanAntonioZoo

About Will Smith Zoo School Will Smith Zoo School, operated by San Antonio Zoological Society, is the largest nature-based preschool in the United States. Established in 2004, Will Smith Zoo School is a fully licensed preschool that uses nature as the integrating thread tying together the school’s philosophy, methodologies, classroom design, outdoor spaces, and public identity. The 2-acre campus is certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first for a preschool in the country and second in the world. Will Smith Zoo School is named in memory of eight-year-old Will Naylor Smith, who opened his heart to the world by sharing any and everything he could with friends, family, neighbors, and strangers, especially his love of animals and the outdoors. 

Website           www.sazooschool.org 

Facebook         www.facebook.com/ZooSchool

About Center for Conservation and Research The Center for Conservation and Research at San Antonio Zoo®, is operated by San Antonio Zoological Society, a non-profit organization committed to securing a future for wildlife through a variety of approaches, including fieldwork, scientific study and husbandry of rare, threatened and endangered species. The center is located on the grounds of San Antonio Zoo and leads or participates in conservation projects across the globe and throughout the United States, with particular emphasis on Texas. Notable projects include Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project, Mexican Blindcat Program, Flatwood Salamander Project, Georgia Salamander Project, Project Selva in the Peruvian Amazon, Japanese Giant Salamander Project and even directly beneath San Antonio working with Edwards Aquifer species such as the Texas Blind Salamander.  

Website www.sazoo.org/conservation 

Facebook www.facebook.com/CenterForConservationAndResearch 

Twitter www.twitter.com/SanAntonioZoo

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