The San Antonio Zoo announced in February the monumental return of the gorillas, back to the menagerie after 30 years away from the noble creatures. Three decades might seem like a long time, but the history of the zoo itself extends far beyond the day the last gorilla was decided to leave San Antonio for good (or so they thought) and rest. at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
So when did the San Antonio Zoo first open its doors and how did it evolve into what it is today? Keep reading for a historical look at one of the country’s oldest zoos, which also happens to be one of the city’s most popular family attractions.