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The San Antonio Zoo ‘Roars & Snores’ Program Lets You Sleep Among the Beasts

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Do you know children (or adults!) who would jump at the chance to spend the night at the zoo? Well, the San Antonio Zoo has a program that just might be the stuff of their dreams. The Roars & Snores Overnight Program at the San Antonio Zoo offers visitors the chance to visit the zoo at night and see what happens after dark.

The Ultimate “Wild” Sleepover

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Roars & Snores is available for everyone ages five and up at a cost of $50 per person with a 20-person minimum. The adventure lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. and includes an activity theme of choice, animal presentations, a night tour of the zoo, an evening snack and a continental breakfast. All-day admission to the zoo is also included following breakfast.

San Antonio Zoological Society Formed in 1928

Roars Snores

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In 1910 San Pedro Park in San Antonio housed a private collection of small animals. In 1914 George W. Brackenridge donated a few elk and buffalo for public display in Brackenridge Park. In 1928 the San Antonio Zoological Society, a nonprofit organization, was established to purchase animals to be housed adjoining Brackenridge and Koehler parks on a fifty-acre tract of land from a Spanish grant that belonged to the city. The site had been a rock quarry, and the resultant limestone cliffs provided a “natural” habitat for the animals.

The collection now comprises more than 3,000 animals representing more than 700 species. The society oversees building, maintenance, and purchases of the animals; the city provides the land and continues support. The San Antonio Zoo is the only one in the world that exhibits the endangered whooping crane, the giant armadillo, and the shoebill.

To learn more about the Roars & Snores Overnight Program at the San Antonio Zoo, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.