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Dallas Zoo Welcome to the largest and oldest zoological experience in Texas! Thousands of animals and an unwavering commitment to conservation, education, and research.

We're on a mission to Create a Better World for Animals.

Operating as usual

Swinging into the weekend like...
03/19/2021

Swinging into the weekend like...

Did you know that a group of zebras is also known as a "dazzle?" It's thought that their stripes create an optical illus...
03/18/2021

Did you know that a group of zebras is also known as a "dazzle?" It's thought that their stripes create an optical illusion when they run together, which can create confusion for predators. One thing's for sure — Wanda and Sukari are always dazzling! 😍

📸 Zoologist Jenny R.

03/18/2021
Meerkat breakfast time

Good morning from our meerkat mob! (Be sure to watch this video with your volume up to hear their excited eating noises.)

SOLD OUT TODAY: We are completely sold out of general admission tickets today, and tickets are selling fast for the weekend too. Don't forget to plan ahead and reserve your tickets online before your visit!

There are still member tickets available for today! Not a member? Join now to get a year of free admission, free parking, and tons of other awesome perks! GO: bit.ly/3vDXeVe

#SAVINGWILDLIFEWEDNESDAY:  This stunning snake is a green tree python (Morelia viridis) from our Herpetarium and the per...
03/17/2021

#SAVINGWILDLIFEWEDNESDAY: This stunning snake is a green tree python (Morelia viridis) from our Herpetarium and the perfect snake to tell you about on St. Patrick's Day, for obvious reasons! 😉 This species can be found in New Guinea, Indonesia, and some parts of Australia. They spend most of their time in the trees, where their green coloring helps them blend in seamlessly.

Looking for some extra luck today? 🍀 Our important pollinator friends, like butterflies, moths, and bees, are preparing to emerge after bunking down for the winter, so they'll be on the hunt for lots of food this spring. You can give them a helping hand by planting native, pollinator-friendly plants in your yard. As luck would have it, clovers make a great addition to your pollinator friendly garden! Most clovers have 3 leaves, but 1 in every 10,000 will be "lucky" and have four. (P.S. Bigfoot waterclover is a variety that's native to Texas.) Download our handy guide to find more pollinator-friendly plants to add to your garden HERE: bit.ly/329Db45

03/17/2021
Bahati's 4th Birthday Bash 🍀

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BAHATI 🍀: Happy 4th Birthday to the one and only Bahati! Her full name is Bahati Moja, which means "lucky one" in Swahili — a fitting name for this St. Patrick's Day baby who was the first lion born at the Dallas Zoo in over 40 years when she joined our family back in 2017. It's still hard to believe she's now a mom herself! We celebrated this special day with treats for the whole pride, made from frozen chicken broth, Gatorade, and whipped cream (which cubs Izwi, Ilola, and Tadala quickly devoured!) by Bahati's dedicated zoologists.

We are saddened to share the news that our beloved cheetah, Kilima, has passed away due to age-related health issues. At...
03/16/2021

We are saddened to share the news that our beloved cheetah, Kilima, has passed away due to age-related health issues. At 14 years old, Kilima was considered geriatric and was among the oldest cheetahs living in AZA-accredited zoos. Her dedicated zoologists have worked with Kilima on husbandry training — teaching her behaviors that allowed us to administer care and monitor her health — since she arrived at the Dallas Zoo in 2009. That relationship allowed the team to continue to provide stellar care for Kilima as she started to slow down and need additional attention in her later years.

Kilima was relocated to the habitat next to Penguin Cove in 2019 , a space that allowed her to navigate the habitat and behind-the-scenes areas more easily. She had recently been moved off habitat so zoologists could provide specialized care for her. This sweet cat will be dearly missed by her Zoo family and everyone who passed by to see her on their way into the Wilds of Africa.

We have some temporary residents in the habitat right now — marabou storks and black crowned cranes — and will share updates soon on who may move into this popular location at the Zoo.

We are sold out of tickets for today. Friendly reminder — be sure to get your tickets online in advance if you're planni...
03/15/2021

We are sold out of tickets for today. Friendly reminder — be sure to get your tickets online in advance if you're planning a Zoo day! GO: bit.ly/3sEiwj6

When you’re not looking and your sis sneaks a bite of your birthday treat. 😉 #SiblingSaturdayICYMI Mbani celebrated his ...
03/13/2021

When you’re not looking and your sis sneaks a bite of your birthday treat. 😉 #SiblingSaturday

ICYMI Mbani celebrated his 2nd birthday last weekend!

Now that spring is around the corner, some of our favorite feathered friends are making their way back out into the Fore...
03/12/2021

Now that spring is around the corner, some of our favorite feathered friends are making their way back out into the Forest Aviary! See if you can spot these species on your next visit to the Zoo: Abdim's stork, hamerkop, hadada ibis, Madagascar crested ibis, speckled pigeon, and spur-winged lapwing.

Happy Friday! Aren't Kendi and Tana the sweetest BFFs? 😍 Tag your bestie and make their day.
03/12/2021

Happy Friday! Aren't Kendi and Tana the sweetest BFFs? 😍 Tag your bestie and make their day.

Last week we welcomed Heather Mills, who was surprised with a Random Act of Helpfulness courtesy of the North Texas Hond...
03/11/2021

Last week we welcomed Heather Mills, who was surprised with a Random Act of Helpfulness courtesy of the North Texas Honda Dealers. Heather loves animals and wanted to share a trip to the Zoo with her family to celebrate her birthday. We hope you enjoyed your special day, Heather!

Happy 1st Birthday to red river hogs, PB, J and Ella! 🧡 It's been quite a year, but these girls, who were the first red ...
03/11/2021

Happy 1st Birthday to red river hogs, PB, J and Ella! 🧡 It's been quite a year, but these girls, who were the first red river hogs born at the Dallas Zoo, have certainly been a bright spot. ✨ Head to the comments and our story for some adorable throwback photos!

03/11/2021
Victor E. Green meets the Dallas Zoo otters

Our friend Victor E. Green came out to visit us earlier this week to see how the Dallas Stars' rookie goalie Jake Oettinger's otterly ardent fan club was celebrating his first NHL shutout! 🏒

03/10/2021
Relax with our lion pride

Lions love to relax and take it easy — they can spend about 16 hours each day laying around or snoozing. 😴 Sounds pretty nice, right?

HELP OUR STATE REPTILE: You may know them as "horny toads," but these iconic little reptiles are actually lizards; horne...
03/10/2021

HELP OUR STATE REPTILE: You may know them as "horny toads," but these iconic little reptiles are actually lizards; horned lizards to be exact! Texas horned lizards are tough — their horns are made out of actual bone, and their intimidation tactic involves shooting blood from their eyes. 😯 But, our state reptile is at risk. These lizards are declining throughout the state due to habitat loss and the loss of their primary food source, harvester ants. Overuse of pesticides and the presence of invasive fire ants have wiped out many harvester ant colonies, leaving horned lizards struggling to find food.

That’s why we need to do all that we can to make sure Texas horned lizards stick around for future generations. One simple way to help protect them is by swapping harmful pesticides for natural alternatives so that harmful chemicals won’t reach the environment and kill native insects. Try a mix of equal parts water and vinegar (or lemon juice) to repel ants from your house or garden. It's just as effective, but much more wildlife-friendly. 💚 Let’s all do our part to keep Texas horned lizards fed and healthy! #SavingWildlifeWednesday

What's better than one cute penguin chick? TWO cute penguin chicks! That's right, we have a new youngster joining our Af...
03/09/2021

What's better than one cute penguin chick? TWO cute penguin chicks! That's right, we have a new youngster joining our African penguins! On February 5, this adorable little one hatched to proud parents Charlee and Tazo. Right now, he/she is getting lots of attention and cuddles from our older penguin chick (aren't they so sweet all snuggled up?). These chicks are growing up fast — our the older chick, hatched on Jan. 20 is a little over 3.5 pounds, while the newest one is just about 3 pounds. They're still enjoying their time behind-the-scenes, so we'll keep you posted when they're able to join the rest of the flock in the habitat. 🖤

$8 TIGER TUESDAYS: Did your ears just perk up like Hadiah, here? 🐯 Well, you read that right! On the first Tuesday of ev...
03/09/2021

$8 TIGER TUESDAYS: Did your ears just perk up like Hadiah, here? 🐯 Well, you read that right! On the first Tuesday of every month, you'll be able to visit us for just $8 per person. This roarin' good deal starts Tuesday, April 6, but you can get your tickets online right now! GO: bit.ly/3sEiwj6

When you finally get all your ducks in a row...📸 Zoologist Sarah E.
03/08/2021

When you finally get all your ducks in a row...

📸 Zoologist Sarah E.

INTRODUCING FLEX PRICING: Capy Monday, everyone! We're excited to announce that starting on April 1, we will be moving t...
03/08/2021

INTRODUCING FLEX PRICING: Capy Monday, everyone! We're excited to announce that starting on April 1, we will be moving to a new pricing model for general admission tickets. The new Flex Pricing model isn't complicated — it simply means we'll have different weekday and weekend ticket prices that will change three times throughout the year to match our seasonal attendance. Don't worry, this does NOT mean that tickets are increasing in price across the board! In fact, ticket prices will either remain at or below their current level of $17 for adults/$14 for children and seniors for seven months out of the year. This new Flex Pricing structure will give Zoo guests the flexibility to plan a visit on a day that works best for your budget and schedule. Tickets for visits April 1 and beyond are on the website as of today and will reflect this new pricing. MORE: bit.ly/2O54OHH

And stay tuned for more exciting news soon about a roaring good deal that debuts in April, too!

We’re sold out of general admission tickets again for today. Be sure to plan ahead and get your tickets in advance if yo...
03/07/2021

We’re sold out of general admission tickets again for today. Be sure to plan ahead and get your tickets in advance if you’re visiting us soon!

PSA FROM ADANNA 📣: We are completely sold out of tickets for today. This is officially our busy season (and we’re still at limited capacity) so be sure to get your tickets in advance if you’re planning a Zoo day soon!

03/07/2021
Gorilla's second birthday bash

How is this little guy 2 years old already? Please help us wish Mbani a very Happy Birthday! He and the whole family troop enjoyed a delicious fruit and yogurt treat made for them by their awesome zoologists.

PSA FROM ADANNA 📣: We are completely sold out of tickets for today. This is officially our busy season (and we’re still ...
03/06/2021

PSA FROM ADANNA 📣: We are completely sold out of tickets for today. This is officially our busy season (and we’re still at limited capacity) so be sure to get your tickets in advance if you’re planning a Zoo day soon!

03/06/2021
Gorilla cuddles

Look at this sweet moment between siblings, Saambili and Mbani! #SiblingSaturday ❤️

📽️Associate Curator Jeremy P.

MASK RESPONSE: On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Abbott issued an executive order rescinding statewide face mask mandates...
03/05/2021

MASK RESPONSE: On March 2, 2021, Texas Governor Abbott issued an executive order rescinding statewide face mask mandates and operating capacity restrictions. He also stated that businesses may continue to limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their discretion. After careful consideration, the Dallas Zoo has made the decision to maintain the successful safety protocols we have had in place since last May. So for the ongoing protection of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals, the Dallas Zoo will still require that all guests ages 10 and up wear a mask throughout their visit. Additionally, all Dallas Zoo staff will still be required to wear masks.

We will also continue to require limited daily capacity timed entry tickets to be purchased online in advance of your visit and ask that everyone continue to maintain a social distance from others while at the Zoo. We are confident that these policies will help keep everyone safe right now, and many of our patrons have echoed that same feeling. Thank you all for your continued support of our mission of Engaging People & Saving Wildlife. See you for Spring Break! PLAN YOUR VISIT: bit.ly/2A8S4Za

It's #TongueOutTuesday starring our rock hyrax! Fun fact — this species' closest relatives are elephants and manatees.
03/02/2021

It's #TongueOutTuesday starring our rock hyrax! Fun fact — this species' closest relatives are elephants and manatees.

HIGH-FLYING BIRDS: Isn't this Rüppell's vulture looking marvelous today? 😍 Did you know that this species has soared to ...
03/01/2021

HIGH-FLYING BIRDS: Isn't this Rüppell's vulture looking marvelous today? 😍 Did you know that this species has soared to a height of about 37,000 feet? That height was a record-breaker, making it one of the highest-flying birds in the world. Like many vultures, they don’t have feathers on their head or neck, which is thought to help keep them clean. Since they like to dig their head inside carcasses while eating, they don’t have to worry about blood sticking to any feathers. But the rest of the gorgeous feathers on their body sure do make up for it! The vultures have moved to Wings of Wonder, so make sure you stop by to see them on your next visit.

03/01/2021
Spring at the Zoo

You wouldn't know it by the weather we're having today, but spring has officially sprung here at the Zoo! To celebrate, here are some of your favorite animals enjoying the sunshine.🤗

#ICYMI our hours are 9 am to 5 pm starting today, and admission is back to $17 per adult/$14 for youths and seniors. BUY TICKETS: bit.ly/3sEiwj6

Just popping in your feed with some quality giraffe content.🦒...And some Zoo news:🦒 Spring/Summer hours start tomorrow, ...
02/28/2021

Just popping in your feed with some quality giraffe content.🦒

...And some Zoo news:

🦒 Spring/Summer hours start tomorrow, which means that Penguin Days are over, but you get an extra hour of Zoo fun! Our hours return to 9 am to 5 pm, and admission prices return to $17 per adult and $14 per youth and senior.

🦒Our website will be down for scheduled maintenance later this evening! This should only take a few hours, but please bear with us and check back later if you'd like to purchase tickets.

02/27/2021
Gorilla Sibling Update

It's been a while since we shared a #SiblingSaturday video, and we know you've missed seeing Saambili and Mbani, so we're giving you 2 full minutes of footage! Enjoy ❤️

02/26/2021

Fred the capybara and Tullah the giant anteater love exploring their habitat together! Aren’t these BFFs the cutest? #FredFriday

WE ❤️ HIPPOS: Did you know that hippos make their own sunscreen? When hippos are outside the water, they secrete a reddi...
02/26/2021

WE ❤️ HIPPOS: Did you know that hippos make their own sunscreen? When hippos are outside the water, they secrete a reddish, oily substance called "blood sweat" that helps protect their skin from harsh ultraviolet rays. Pretty cool, huh?

Here's a cool deal for you — 2 plush hippos (or any animal of your choice) for just $32! AND you can shop online, but hurry because this deal only lasts until Feb. 28. GO: bit.ly/3r0oE4U

Have you noticed a familiar face in the Wilds of Africa lately? Neville, the red river hog has been spending lot of time...
02/25/2021

Have you noticed a familiar face in the Wilds of Africa lately? Neville, the red river hog has been spending lot of time near the warthog habitat! Head to our Story for bonus footage of him being extra cute. 🧡

WELCOME BACK, BARBARA: Our volunteers - and the Helpful Honda People - are the best! Barbara B. has been a Dallas Zoo vo...
02/25/2021

WELCOME BACK, BARBARA: Our volunteers - and the Helpful Honda People - are the best! Barbara B. has been a Dallas Zoo volunteer since 2017, helping zoologists take care of our giraffes, okapi, and other savanna hoofstock. Due to the pandemic, Barbara hasn’t been able to volunteer since last summer, and she was really missing her Dallas Zoo friends, both human and animal! That all changed earlier this month, and she was finally able to come back. The North Texas Honda Dealers helped celebrate this day with a Random Act of Helpfulness to make this day extra special by arranging a socially distanced surprise party with all of her favorite people in the Zoo, complete with a banner made by our wonderful Wild Earth Preschool students. We’re so glad you’re back, Barbara!

HEALTHY HABITATS: Did you know that hippos spend up to 16 hours of their day in the water? To keep our bloat happy, we r...
02/24/2021

HEALTHY HABITATS: Did you know that hippos spend up to 16 hours of their day in the water? To keep our bloat happy, we recycle all 120,000 gallons of water at the Simmons Hippo Outpost every 50 minutes! Keeping up a clean and healthy aquatic environment is also critical for native Texas wildlife too, which is why it's important to prevent pollutants from entering storm drains that lead to our rivers and waterways.

On today's #SavingWildlifeWednesday, we're sharing a couple of easy ways YOU can help protect hippos and Texas wildlife alike, by ensuring they have clean, healthy habitats:

1. Need to wash your car? Choose a carwash location that filters out harmful detergents and/or uses biodegradable, water-based products like Carmel Car Wash.

2. Heading out for a walk in this gorgeous weather? Pick up any litter you see in your path before it has a chance to make its way into our rivers and lakes.

Juba is all of us after a few days in the wonderful Texas sunshine. ☺️ Come out and see us today while the sun is out an...
02/24/2021

Juba is all of us after a few days in the wonderful Texas sunshine. ☺️ Come out and see us today while the sun is out and tickets are still just $8 per person! GO: DallasZoo.com

📸 Zoologist Katie A.

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GENERAL ADMISSION $17.00 Adults (age 12-64) $14.00 Children (age 3-11) $14.00 Seniors (age 65 up) FREE Children (age 2 and under) FREE Dallas Zoo members (Not a member? Join today at http://bit.ly/DZJoin) PARKING: $10 per vehicle FREE Dallas Zoo members MILITARY DISCOUNT: Receive a $2.00 discount per admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children with a valid Military I.D. (**Not valid with special winter discount $8 admission)

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About the Dallas Zoo

Our mission is Engaging People & Saving Wildlife.

This serves as our North Star – our guiding force and the source of our continual motivation to achieve our vision of Creating a Better World for Animals. By providing our guests with real-world opportunities to make memorable connections with wildlife and supplementing their experience with conservation messaging, the Dallas Zoo aims to inspire and empower visitors to take action on behalf of wildlife in Texas and around the world.

The nonprofit Dallas Zoo is open 364 days a year and welcomes more than one million guests yearly. Our more than 350 employees and 750 volunteers are dedicated to providing unparalleled care, educational experiences, and supporting local and global conservation efforts. We invite you to join us for a memorable day at the Zoo. Or, if you share our passion and vision, please become a member or donor so our animals and staff can continue their work on behalf of wild animals and wild places around the world.

Located three miles south of downtown Dallas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest zoo in Texas. Founded with just two deer and two mountain lions in 1888 as the first zoo in the Southwest, this City of Dallas-owned but privately managed zoo is a thriving example of a successful public-private partnership. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) for 35 years, the Zoo provides a home for more than 2,000 animals representing over 400 species.

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I'm sorry to hear about Sunny at the Abilene Zoo. I know she was a part of the Dallas family. My condolences go out to all of those who knew her.
Thanks Dallas Zoo! It was a beautiful day to explore the Zoo today, hadn’t been almost 45 years!
Are you accepting Christmas tree donations?
You bet Giraffe I love the Dallas Zoo! 📷: CatBug Photography
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Bella is heading your way.
is the Zoo accepting pumpkins for the animals? If so how do you get them to you ? Several friends asking
Had an AMAZING visit at the zoo yesterday. I’m from Cincinnati - Home of THE Fiona the hippo - and left last Thursday for San Antonio to see Timothy. While “in town” stopped in at the Dallas Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo and now onto Little Rock Zoo and Memphis Zoo before going back home. Absolutely LOVED my visit at you zoo! Just Beautiful! Thank you to the keeper that share the chat time!
To our amazing friends at the Dallas Zoo - Thank you for supporting the Frank Buck Zoo with your incredible donation! Bidding closes at 8pm. Your support is needed and appreciated by our entire community. https://www.facebook.com/FrankBuckZoologicalSociety/photos/a.3906385512706905/3943023605709762
Hi Friends - Our KICKSTARTER ends in just over one month. It is our creative way to help fund my upcoming publication of LIZARD MAN: The Life and Adventures of Bert Langerwerf! I hope you all will be interested in this two-volume set with over 900 pages about one of the most eccentric and passionate reptile keepers in the history of the hobby of herpetoculture. Please help me share this around the social media world. Thank you! From the book: During the COVID-19 outbreak, I was meandering through Facebook and noticed that Bart Spanoghe, a veterinarian from Belgium, had posted a photo of the cover of LIZARD MAN: The Life and Adventures of Bert Langerwerf , my 2009 book about one of the most influential men in the world of keeping and breeding reptiles. Within a few minutes, Bart was joined by a number of other lizard keepers searching for a copy of this book. In 2009, a few months after Bert's death, I printed the original version of this book to honor my friend's life using print-on-demand. In these days, I was only able to afford to print a few copies and in black and white. Now, a decade later, I was pleasantly surprised that so many people were still eager to learn about the amazing life of my friend. I decided to update my book and offer it to interested readers in a full-color format with many additional photos from Bert's collection and also from reptile keepers around the planet that knew Bert and wanted to add their images and memories to my new project. Bert Langerwerf traveled the world in search of his precious lizards. This book chronicles his travels from his home in the Netherlands to South America, South Africa, New Zealand, and other wild places. He was an adventurer like few others and his projects knew no roadblocks... He created the world's first lizard-only zoo on the side of a volcanic mountain in Gran Canaria on the Canary Islands and eventually settled in a small town in Alabama and created the world's first and largest lizard breeding facility, Agama International. A prominent feature in this book is the love story between Bert and his wife, Hester... They met, quickly fell in love, and they spent the rest of their lives together as camping buddies, travel companions, partners at Agama International, and she was his calming spirit throughout their life together. This is a TWO-VOLUME set with over 900 pages and hundreds of color photos! In this new version of LIZARD MAN, I have (with great effort and determination) tracked down, translated, and included, through the generosity of many others, a second volume which features Bert's journal and magazine articles as well as his Agama International care sheets and other interesting notes and writings from 1971 to 2008, chronicling his long history with lizards. Early notes of the needs of captive reptiles for UVB light and his early work showing that incubation temperatures can affect the sexes of incubating lizards (TDSD) is historic and has been exciting to capture in Bert's many articles. Also included are memorials from friends and colleague around the world who mourned his early and tragic passing. So, these two books are for those who knew Bert well, those who met and spoke with him at reptile shows and expos, and for those many new herpetoculturists who did not get the opportunity to know him. As you will see in this book, he was eccentric and his sense of humor was wonderful... and a bit dark. His knowledge of lizards and their husbandry and behaviors was inspirational. I hope you all enjoy getting to know my friend and I hope his knowledge shared here will inspire your husbandry and appreciation for the reptiles and amphibians that he loved so much.