On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Gladys Porter Zoo will be hosting a charity Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Zoo’s capital campaign projects. Currently, the Zoo has two major construction projects underway, the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center and South Texas Discovery Center.

Russell Aquatic Ecology Center
The Center will measure 6,535 square feet and occupy the current Aquatic Wing site as well as a section of the large adjacent Bongo display yard.   It will feature: a shark discovery exhibit, a ray “touch pool,” jellyfish exhibit, native Texas salt and freshwater sport fish displays, a mangrove tank, a grassbed habitat, freshwater giants exhibit  and a jetties exhibit. Colorful, suspended educational
banners and graphics will communicate key concepts concerning ecosystems and the need to preserve them.

South Texas Discovery Center
The Education Center will increase the Zoo’s education space by 385%. It will encompass 9,717 square feet of space. The center will feature five classrooms, natural history library, graphic arts room and campfire area for Starlight Safaris.