Celebrating 100 years since opening in 1914, the San Antonio Zoo is the third largest animal collection in North America with over 800 different species. It is about 5 acres and is located in a limestone rock quarry that has been very useful in creating a natural environment for many of the animals with barless cages and open pits/ditches.
Here are some photos of some of the amazing animals we saw during our visit.
Cheetah amid flowers.
Leopard enjoying the shade.
Tiger (also enjoying the shade).
Rhino (taking a potty break in the first photo).
Elephant ... enjoying lunch.
Two hippo behinds - plus one with his eyes out of the water.
Tangled up rattlesnakes.
See the head on this 22-foot python?
Mates, I think.
Turtle is chowing down on that prickly pear plant (while the lizard casually watches).
Alligator - this guy posed just at the right time.
Giant anteater - what a bizarre looking creature!
Porcupine enjoying lunch.
Ostriches (they lay 3 pound eggs!)
Nesting Scarlet Ibis.