The weather is getting warmer and things are heating up for spring at the Dallas Zoo. Meet the new bachelor gorillas, take a trek with the camels, view our lesser flamingo chick, or see what’s new on the savanna. There’s so much to do for spring this year.
Bachelor gorillas: Meet Juba, 9, and B’wenzi, 8, at the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center. The Dallas Zoo is filling a need for homes for male gorillas born in captivity. Watch Juba do a “baseball slide” across the ground and see B’wenzi barrel roll in the grass.
Lesser flamingo chick: The Dallas Zoo had its first successful hatching of a lesser flamingo chick in December. The bird can now be seen in the flamingo habitat in the Wilds of Africa.
Camel Rides: Take a trek around the camel habitat in Zoo North with the return of camel rides.
Giants of the Savanna: Zookeepers have been mixing it up on the savanna all winter and introducing various species to the elephants. Every day is different. You may see the elephants in the Giraffe Savanna or impalas, ostriches, guineafowl, and even Vern the zebra visiting the Elephant Savanna.
Feathers, Fur & Scales Photo Contest: Send us your favorite photos from a trip to the Dallas Zoo and you may be a winner in our annual photo contest. The competition is open to everyone from children to experienced professionals. The contest ends June 30. For more information or to register, visit DallasZoo.com or contact Cathy Burkey at cathy.burkey@DallasZoo.com or call (214) 944-3393.
Dallas Roars! Festival of Flight
April 23 & 24, April 30 & May 1, May 7 & 8
Noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays
Take off for the Zoo and celebrate spring these three weekends. The Festival of Flight begins with the opening SOAR, our new free flight bird show. Other weekends include special events for Día de los Niños and Mother’s Day.
DART: Add to the adventure and take the DART Red Line to the Dallas Zoo this spring. The train stops across from the Zoo entrance and you’ll avoid the traffic and parking fee.
The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit DallasZoo.com or call (469) 554-7500.
Giants of the Savanna has been a giant success, according to the 742,000+ guests to the Dallas Zoo last year. The multi-species habitat has animals mixing it up between the elephant and giraffe savannas so the visitor experience is different every day. Zookeepers have been introducing the elephants to the north side of the habitat and ostriches, impalas, and a zebra have been visiting the south side. The results are interesting animal interactions and an experience that is unique each time you visit.
Elephants Have a Big Time in the Savanna
The herd of six female elephants has adapted to the savanna habitat very well. They are an active group of older, non-reproductive elephants, which has led some at the Zoo to refer to the ladies as the Golden Girls. The eldest, Stumpy, has assumed the role of the matriarch and serves as the leader to the herd.
Stumpy. Fluent in both German and English, the independent, confident, and protective Stumpy is the senior member of our Golden Girls at age 44. Very maternal despite never having her own calf, Stumpy adopted a young Mamma when she first came to the United States in the 1970s and the two have been the best of friends ever since. She loves to swim and enjoys snacking on coconuts and trees.
Experience a Virtual tour of the new Giants of the savanna exhibit
Want to get a sneak peak at the new Giants of the Savanna before your visit? Check out the virtual tour. Watch now!
Want to check out the dallas zoo on the go? There's an app for that.
“The iPhone app is a great education tool for the Dallas Zoo,” said Greene. “When you’re at the Zoo you can follow our schedule on your iPhone. You’ll know to be at the elephant exhibit at 2:00 when a keeper is there talking about what our elephants are doing, what they’re eating, and what challenges wild elephants face in Africa. It will make the whole guest experience richer.”
The Dallas Zoo’s iPhone app is free, with information about hours, admission, parking, directions, maps that will help guests navigate exhibits at the Zoo, information about the Dallas Zoo’s animals, membership, educational programs, special events and more. To download, search “Dallas Zoo” on your iPhone. Learn More!
THE 8TH ANNUAL FEATHERS, FUR & SCALES PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Animals sporting feathers, fur, and scales were all represented among the winners of the Dallas Zoo’s annual photography contest. Juan Navarro won the grand prize with a close-up shot of an elephant’s eye, which will be permanently exhibited on Zoo grounds. Learn More
Click Here to view the 2010 Feathers, Fur & Scales Photo Contest winners in our special online presentation!
early learning programs at the dallas zoo this spring!
Enrollment now open for children ages 15 months to 5 years
With time to explore the Dallas Zoo and meet a variety of animals, children in the preschool programs are taking a field trip every day. Students discover the world of animals and nature through an interactive curriculum that follows guidelines for Texas TEKS and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and includes goals for the Council for Environmental Education. Activities include a hands-on learning center, live animal encounters, Zoo exploration time, crafts, snacks, and more. Register Now!
Readers of Dallas Child have chosen the Dallas Zoo as the "Best Place to Cultivate Curiosity about All Things Wild" in the magazine’s 2010 "Best for Families" Dining and Destinations Awards. Come see why thousands of voters picked the Dallas Zoo for this award!
The dallas zoo wins the best of the metroplex family choice award
The Dallas Zoo won the Best Animal Encounter category for the 2010 Best of the Metroplex Family Choice Awards. The Best of the Metroplex Family Choice Award™ recognizes the best of the best for families in Dallas-Fort Worth as evaluated by a substantial number of local parents. Each business is required to receive a minimum of fifty write-in nominations by parents before the business is eligible to be considered for voting. More than 170,000 votes were cast by Dallas-Fort Worth families. A Best of the Metroplex Family Choice Award™ winner receives the greatest endorsement that a business can receive, the approval of their toughest critics - parents.
The weather is getting warmer and things are heating up for spring break at the Dallas Zoo. Meet the new bachelor gorillas, Juba, 9, and B’wenzi, 8, who just went on exhibit at the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center. Watch Juba do a “baseball slide” across the ground and see B’wenzi barrel roll and clap with his fingers facing downward. Take a trek with the camels in ZooNorth. View the first lesser flamingo chick born at the Zoo. And see who’s mixing it up on the savanna. If you can’t join in the fun but your children love animals, send them to camp at the Zoo. There’s so much to do for spring break this year. Add to the adventure and take the DART Red Line to avoid the spring break traffic and parking fee.
Charity Navigator has awarded its highest rating to the Dallas Zoological Society
America’s largest independent evaluator of charities evaluates efficiency and organizational capacity of nonprofit organizations. This rating means that DZS ranks among the top 25 percent of all charities in the United States for successfully managing finances in an efficient and effective manner. Learn More
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