Moves like jaguar

Wild safari-themed Starbucks roars into the San Antonio Zoo

Wild safari-themed Starbucks roars into the San Antonio Zoo

S'mores Frappuccino from Starbucks
Starbucks is coming to the zoo. Courtesy photo

Locals who feel absolutely beastly before their first cup of coffee will soon be in good company. On September 19, the San Antonio Zoo announced it's bringing a Starbucks to Brackenridge Park, complete with a wild theme.

A release notes that the coffeeshop will replace the Train Cafe, which is located across the street from the zoo entrance on North St. Mary’s Street. Since it is not inside the zoo’s gates, the Starbucks will be open to those without passes and have longer operational hours. Renovations are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The interior will also have a unique zoo theme, but visitors probably shouldn’t expect to hear animal sounds piped in from the speakers. Judging by the renderings, the motif will be incorporated by subtle touches like a tropical mural and what appears to be thatching or grasscloth on the walls.

The menu will also be the same as the typical Starbucks with an assortment of espresso drinks, Frappuccinos, and teas — although maybe a social media campaign will convince it to serve a monkey-ato.

Not only will the new store be a place to grab pumpkin spice lattes, but it will also help the zoo carry on its mission.

“The proceeds from this Starbucks will enable and benefit the zoological society’s efforts in both local and international conservation, education, and in zoo improvements,” explains San Antonio Zoological Society president and CEO Tim Morrow in the release.

This safari Starbucks is just the latest amenity San Antonio Zoo patrons can enjoy. On October 18, the zoo will host the reopening of the Alamo City’s iconic Kiddie Park. Plus, the site is looking better than ever, thanks to almost $40 million in infrastructure improvements that began in 2014.