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Stormy Weather

That was quite a storm that blew through Dallas Thursday afternoon. Your Dallas Zoo will have a delayed opening of 11 a.m. Friday morning and will be offering $5 admission all day. Some areas of the zoo, like the Wilds of Africa Plaza, may be closed while we continue the debris cleanup. We’ll get your Zoo back to normal as quickly as possible.

Goatscaping: Eating away a poison ivy nuisance

The guests are gone, the zoo is quiet – now it’s time to get to work. One by one, eight goats make their way into the 19,000-square-foot chimpanzee habitat.

Root Balls: An elephant delicacy

Recently, the “Golden Girls” discovered a new treat. Temple Emanu-El, a reform Jewish synagogue in Dallas, donated nine massive red oak root balls to us after they were excavated from a building project at the temple.

Science Day to prove science is cool

Come discover the world of science with Zoo and Aquarium educators, local teachers, and community partners at ExxonMobil Science Day Saturday, Sept. 27.

Zoo is forever home to bobcat Rufus

It’s a story that hasn’t been told in more than 13 years. (If you know it, here’s an update; if you don’t, you can share this little piece of history with your family and friends.) Bobcat Rufus had a long journey to get here — one that saved his life and gave him a forever home.

Special donor makes unforgettable contributions

We’ve been part of her life — and her budget — since 1989, when Carrollton resident Linda Balkey made her first donation to the Dallas Zoo. And it didn’t stop there! Since 1995, Balkey has donated $25 every single month, and it’s a handwritten check every time.


This is an entry level position in Building Maintenance assisting skilled trade worker’s involving the maintenance, repair and new construction within the confines of the Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.


Assists curator in the day-to-day operation of the bird department. Oversees the daily operation of the bird staff and collection. Assists curator with scheduling, training and supervision of staff, developing performance plans and giving appraisals, avian husbandry, artificial incubation, hand-raising of neonates, bird transfers and overall supervision of the bird department on a day to day basis. Insures a high level of care for a variety of exotic, native and domestic birds including, but not limited to, enclosure maintenance, diet preparation, pest control and reproductive management in compliance with industry standards.


Provides all aspects of animal care for species in area. Serves as a project team leader and provides training/guidance for new staff and volunteers. Participates in operant conditioning programs, exhibit maintenance and improvements. Prepares and conducts educational presentations for visitors.

Growing green: feeding animals and guests

Organic lettuce, tomatoes, basil, radishes, cabbage, green beans – it’s what’s for lunch at the Zoo, for our guests and our animals. With the help of Dallas County’s Master Gardeners, we’re harvesting nutrient-rich produce to feed our four- and two-legged friends.

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