Gladys Porter Zoo in United States

Gladys Porter Zoo


First elephant arrived1971
Last elephant left2006
Address 500 Ringgold Street
Zip-code 78520
Place Brownsville, Texas
Country United States
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2012-06-08

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Gladys Porter Zoo, located at 500 Ringgold Street, in Brownsville, Texas, United States , was founded in 1971 and the first elephant arrived in 1971. The last elephant left in 2006.

Comments / pictures"The zoo was started in 1971 by the foundation of former J.C. Penney Co. Inc. President Earl C. Sams (the zoo is named for his daughter)."

Zoo officials began discussing what to do with Ruth after the death of her companion Macho. Ruth had been the only elephant on display at the zoo since then. After new rules came from the Association of Zoo and Aquarium Standards for Elephant Management and Care requiring the zoo to expand its exhibit area for a Herd of elephants, the decision was made to relocate Ruth to Milwaukee. The Gladys Porter Zoo is land locked by residential neighborhoods, parks and a middle school and had no room to expand. Her departure marked the end of the zoo\'s elephant exhibit.

References for records about Gladys Porter Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Gladys Porter Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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