Welcome, Educating Children October 5th & 6th

Abracadabra, allacazoo you’re invited to share in the magic – Zoofari 2012! Help the Gladys Porter Zoo continue to inspire, educate and captivate the multitudes of children in the Rio Grande Valley by attending Zoofari ‘12, the biggest fundraiser of the year. With a wave of a wand, sparks will fly during this two-night affair. Proceeds will be set aside to complete construction of the South Texas Discovery Center, our new education facility. Click on the TICKETS button to download the ticket reservation form to order your tickets.

The South Texas Discovery 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.

You can support the Zoo by attending Zoofari, purchasing a raffle ticket or making a donation. Your contribution will help us get one step closer to having a new education facility. Thank you to all of our underwriters who have already donated to our cause.


Earl C. Sams Foundation

Lifeline Foundation – Bob, Maggie & Justin Kent
Matt & Patty Gorges

Wilda Forbes DuBose
Dr. Phil and Karen Hunke
Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc.
First Community Bank
BBVA Compass Bank

Lone Star National Bank
McAllen International Airport
Tommy & Luanne Ballenger
The Chase Bank Foundation
Dr. Pat Burchfield & Carol DeMoss
Capital One Bank
Tedsi Infrastructure
Bob and Mary Carey


Valley Day & Night Clinic – Dr. C. Lynn Anderson
GPZ Docent Council
Borden Insurance – Michael Swantner
Budweiser L & F Distributors, LTD
Scales Sisters – Dabney and Katherine
Dr. John A. Gerling
Guerra Brothers Successors LTD
Dr. Stephen and Suzanne Shepard
Marilyn White
John and Melinda Wright
IBC Bank
Joel Martinez, DDS
Emma & William Mitchell
Cardenas Development Company
Boggus Ford Lincoln – Hgn/McAllen
Frost Bank

Sunline Commercial Carriers
Jim and Sue Smith
Grace Gilmore
Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.
Rio Bank
Sylvia Carrasco