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If you're wild about animals, you'll want to be sure and stop at the Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold, Brownsville, 956-546-2177. Located on 31 acres, this park has over 250 species of tropical plants scattered along the Zoo's walking paths and over 1,900 animals living in open exhibits surrounded by water. What kinds of beasties will you see? They have Jentink's duikers, a Galapagos tortoise, Philippine crocodiles, Spectacled bears, Przewalski's horses, orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas, African elephants, tamarins, and hippos. To check in with our feathered friends that call this valley home hook up with the folks at the World Birding Center of Texas, Visitor Center, 71 Convent St, Roma, TX, 956-849.4930.
If you love flying machines, you'll want to drop by the CAF-Confederate Air Force Rio Grande Valley Wing, Brownsville Airport, 955 S Minnesota, Brownsville, 956-541-8585. A visit here will give you a chance to see flying WWII aircraft, a Wing artifacts museum, and a gift shop. For another great sight, head to the Harlingen's Marine Military Academy, 320 Iwo Jima Blvd., 956-423-6006, where you'll find the original model used in the casting of the Iwo Jima Memorial located in the Arlington, Virginia.
To see some of Mission's history visit the La Lomita Mission, on FM 1016, one mile west of FM 494. Dating from the 1860s, this Oblate mission chapel is where Mission got its name. The current chapel dates from 1899.
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