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With 106 acres to explore, thousands of animals to visit, and a huge variety of family activities, the Dallas Zoo is enormously entertaining! Our goal is to make your visit an exciting adventure with opportunities to learn about interesting wildlife, engage in interactive fun, and support worldwide conservation and research to protect and preserve endangered species. Our mission is to support the Dallas Zoo as an outstanding center of education, entertainment and wildlife conservation.

We exist to broaden support for worldwide conservation efforts by creating an environment which allows our community and visitors to experience dramatic, engaging and diverse presentations for the living plant and animal world through excellent animal management, solid conservation science (research) and dynamic educational programs.

Zoo Facts:

*The Dallas Zoo was founded in 1888, making it the first zoological park in the Southwest.

*Our park covers 106 developed acres! In terms of landmass, it’s the largest zoological park in Texas.

*The giant giraffe sculpture marking the Zoo’s entrance is 67陆 feet tall!

*We provide care for a wide variety of animals and are involved in conservation and breeding programs for numerous endangered species.

*The Dallas Zoo is widely recognized for the new Giants of the Savanna exhibit, the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, the Wilds of Africa with the Monorail Safari, and the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center.

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650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), Dallas, TX 75203.

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  • SOUND ON!: Here's your first look at gorilla family life behind the scenes with our new little one!! Megan is clearly loving #MomLife, and she continues to amaze us every day. P.S. if you listen closely, you can hear Saambili vocalizing in the background as she chases her dad Subira up the ramp. #SiblingSaturday 馃帴 Zoologist Tara S.

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Witten told us to ask you to please pack your patience when you come visit us today! All of our parking lots are open, but consider alternate routes to avoid congestion on Marsalis Ave. Witten suggests taking the DART Red Line to our front entrance to avoid traffic and parking all together. Isn't he just the best?

  • This sleepy baby has our hearts!! 鉂わ笍

  • Spring has definitely sprung!! Who else is soaking up the sun today? 馃槑 We recommend you get here ASAP to make the most of this beautiful weather. (Psssst, it's also a good day to try to catch a glimpse of our newest baby gorilla)!

  • It's the #FirstDayofSpring AND #InternationalDayofHappiness?!? This calls for an adorable Ajabu throwback.

  • Happy Wednesday from Megan and baby. 鉂わ笍 (#ICYMI: Meet Megan's baby, born Thursday, March 7! This marks our second gorilla baby in 21 years. The family has been out in the habitat regularly, but everything depends on the weather and Megan's comfort level. Be sure to stop by the gorilla keeper chat at 1:15 pm daily for a good chance to catch a glimpse of the new baby!

  • DINOS AT THE DALLAS ZOO 馃: An adventure of EPIC proportions is coming!! 24 larger-than-life dinosaurs will roar into Dallas on April 5, transforming ZooNorth into a prehistoric jungle complete with a misty, illuminated cave to stroll through, tons of dino-themed activities, and endless selfie opportunities. All the prehistoric fun is here through September 2 and FREE with your general admission to the Zoo, which is, of course, always free for Dallas Zoo Members. Pro tip: buy your tickets in advance to skip the lines and get into the Zoo faster! Get tickets HERE: Not a member? Here鈥檚 a DINO-MITE deal! Save 10% on any level of membership, and get a full year of FREE zoo admission, FREE parking, members-only events, and tons of other perks. JOIN NOW:

  • CUTE CHICK ALERT!: We are thrilled to be welcoming our first-ever endangered helmeted curassow chick! This little cutie hatched on March 4 thanks to our amazing bird team. Mom and baby can be seen in ZooNorth next to our giant anteaters (weather permitting), so stop by and say hello during your next visit!

  • ELEPHANTS + WINE: Is there really any better combo? Join us for the very first Wine Tasting at the Zoo on March 31 from 6-8:30 pm! Stroll through our savanna while sampling South African wines and perfectly paired, locally sourced bites. Plus, get up close with our ambassador animals and bid on a special elephant experience in a silent auction. The best part? Proceeds benefit Dallas Zoo conservation efforts. So let's all toast to creating a better world for animals! 馃嵎馃悩馃挋 Tickets are limited and will go fast! Get them HERE:

  • UPDATE FROM THE FIELD - EMERGENCY FLAMINGO CHICK RESCUE: We sent Senior Zoologist Dana I. and Assistant Bird Supervisor Nathan C. to South Africa to assist in the emergency rescue of 1,800 lesser flamingo chicks who were found abandoned at their nesting grounds due to severe drought. Along with representatives from other AZA-accredited institutions and the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA), Dana and Nathan have been working non-stop to help care for these chicks. We've got their first update from South Africa up on ZooHoo! Read the full post here:

  • We're setting up something BIG in ZooNorth this week! That means a few things will be affected: 馃敼TUES: The 10 a.m. Cheetah Run is cancelled, but will return Friday and Saturday as scheduled. 馃敼TUES-FRI: Construction near the Herpetarium. 馃敼TUES+WED: the Herpetarium will be closed. It will reopen on Thurs+Fri, and our guest services team will be on-site to escort you inside. 馃敼TUES-FRI: T-Rex Express mini train will be closed. Please accept this baby tortoise photo as a token of our appreciation for your patience! 馃挌

  • BIRTHDAY QUEEN 馃挌: Happy Official Birthday to our St. Patrick's Day baby, Bahati! This gorgeous girl is 2 years old and gets to celebrate not once, but TWICE. We treated her, Mom Lina and Aunt Jasiri to some St. Patty's Day-themed ice treats on Friday morning, and her keepers are throwing her another party today. (You may even get to watch if you head over to Serengeti Grill!) It's safe to say Bahati is a little spoiled!

  • #SAAMBILISATURDAY: We have loved being able to celebrate Saambili, and we know you all look forward to these posts every Saturday morning! Here are some of our favorite moments over the past nine months: 馃敼Her first time out in the habitat with Mom 馃敼Transitioning to riding on Mom鈥檚 back instead of holding onto her chest 馃敼When her teeth started coming in, and she started eating solid foods 馃敼Her first steps! 馃敼The first time dad Subira was spotted playing with her 馃敼And perhaps most of all, all of the heartwarming moments she鈥檚 shared with her mom, dad and aunties Megan and Shanta as their family bond continues to grow. Now that Saambili has a sibling, we can鈥檛 wait to share all of the new baby鈥檚 milestones PLUS what are sure to be some squee-worthy sibling moments! (#ICYMI Megan鈥檚 baby was born on March 7. Gender and name announcements coming soon: Keep an eye out for #SiblingSaturday posts to follow along with both babies. And use the hashtag so we can see your posts too!

  • LIONESS BIRTHDAY BASH 馃崁: Baby Bahati will be 2 years old this Sunday! We can't even believe how much she's grown! She looks more and more like her mom Lina and her aunt Jasiri every day. In fact, she now weighs 260 pounds, which is just ONE POUND less than Lina. We let Bahati celebrate early with a St. Patrick's Day-themed party today, complete with cakes made of ice, meat and frozen whipped cream for all the girls. We hope this gets your weekend off to a great start!

  • MUST WATCH 鈥 GORILLA BABY鈥橲 DEBUT!: Megan and her week-old baby made their way out into the habitat this morning for the most adorable debut. Half-sister Saambili made an appearance too. You may be able to catch a glimpse of the baby when you come visit us, but it鈥檚 all up to the weather and Megan鈥檚 comfort level 鈥 we take all of our cues from Mom! Megan continues to keep her baby very close to her, so we have not definitively confirmed the gender. But as soon as we do we鈥檒l announce that, along with the baby鈥檚 name. The way Megan effortlessly cares for this sweet newborn is completely melting our hearts. 鉂わ笍

  • BIG GORILLA NEWS: We're welcoming ANOTHER baby gorilla to our family troop! Megan, our 13-year-old critically endangered gorilla, quietly delivered a healthy infant in the early morning hours on Thursday, March 7. This is Megan鈥檚 first time raising a baby, and both are doing well! Megan has been very attentive, and the baby is nursing often and keeping a strong grip on mom. As our second baby gorilla in 21 years, this is HUGE for us. Saambili has already shown interest in her new half-sibling, so we can't wait for the adorable gorilla play-dates that are sure to come this spring! *Mom and baby are bonding privately behind the scenes right now. We'll let you know when you can come see them in the habitat! MORE DETAILS & PHOTOS:

  • #TUATARATUESDAY: We are determined to make this hashtag happen! Help us out and share this with all your friends so they can see how amazing tuataras are. Tuataras may look like lizards, but they're actually the sole remaining member of a branch of reptiles that originated 200 million years ago. 馃く

  • Even kunekune pigs Penny and Oliver are getting in on the Swing Break fun this week! We won't let a little rain get in the way. Come see us! Pro tip: rainy days often make for some awesome animal viewing opportunities. 馃摳 Zoologist Jennifer L.

  • SAVING ELEPHANTS: In the early 1900s, an estimated 3-5 million elephants thrived across a vast range in Africa. Today there are only about 415,000 African elephants remaining in the wild, and their range has been reduced by nearly half. In addition to habitat loss, elephants are illegally hunted and killed everyday for their ivory tusks. This week, our goal is to raise $10,000 through grassroots fundraising to support conservation efforts in the wild. Help us by stopping by our Campaign Station during Swing Break to pick up some elephant swag, and take a pledge for pro-wildlife behaviors that benefit elephants. Conservation Intern Alisia Boyd has the full story! Check it out on ZooHoo:

  • SPRING FORWARD: #Tfw there's an extra hour of daylight. 馃尀 What better way to enjoy it than a trip to the Zoo? Come hang out with us all next week for Swing Break.

  • We鈥檙e LOVING that the storm clouds have cleared, and it looks like a beautiful day to visit the Zoo! 鈽锔 Plus, we kick off our SWING BREAK festivities today - we鈥檙e all about elephants and their pachyderm perfection this week. And did we mention the weather?! It鈥檚 simply stunning outside - make it a ZOO DAY!

  • #SAAMBILISATURDAY: Nearly 9-month-old Saambili has been venturing further away from mom Hope lately! She's even foraging for food on her own. Have you seen her walking around yet? We know our guests are able to capture some pretty amazing Saambili moments. Be sure to tag your photos with #SaambiliSaturday so we can share our favorites with credit to you!

  • **UPDATE** We are completely sold out of tickets for March elephant feedings. Thank you everyone, for your interest in this special experience! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ELEPHANT FEEDING: Select days this month (including every day next week during Swing Break!) you can sign up in advance to feed one of our African elephants! Feedings are $25 per person for ages 6 and up. Meet us at 9:30am at the front gate, and we'll take you over to the elephants! These special feedings are limited to just 10 guests per day, so be sure to sign up ASAP so you don't miss out. FEEDING SCHEDULE: 馃悩 March 10: 馃悩 March 11: 馃悩 March 12: 馃悩 March 13: 馃悩 March 14: 馃悩 March 15: 馃悩 March 17: 馃悩 March 24: 馃悩 March 31:

  • HOO's excited for the weekend? Happy Friday from Dulce the spectacled owl! Isn't he handsome? Spectacled owls get their name from the markings around their eyes. It kind of looks like they're wearing glasses! 馃 馃摲 Zoologist Dianne R.

  • BIG MEMBERSHIP DEAL!: Take it from Spice the goat: Dallas Zoo Members get more. 馃槑 For a limited time, we're offering 10% off membership at any level! Join today, and get a full year of FREE Zoo admission, FREE parking, invitations to exclusive events, and tons of other perks.