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Dallas Zoo hosts special day for individuals with autism

In honor of April’s Autism Awareness Month, the Dallas Zoo is hosting a special day Sunday, April 24, from 8-11 a.m. for individuals with autism, their families, and anyone who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. Designed with autistic needs …



Dallas Zoo’s gun ban upheld by Texas attorney general

Office rejects citizen complaint filed last fall The Office of the Attorney General of Texas has upheld the Dallas Zoo’s policy barring weapons on its grounds, rejecting a citizen complaint filed last fall. The Attorney General determined that the policy …



Dallas Zoo’s popular monorail reopens after major renovation

$3 million overhaul includes electrical and mechanical systems; new station; air-conditioning The Dallas Zoo’s beloved people-mover finally reopens to guests tomorrow (Friday, March 25) after an extensive renovation. The renamed Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail underwent a $3 million …



Dallas Zoo begins construction on $13.5 million hippo habitat

Project features underwater windows into 120,000-gallon African waterhole The Dallas Zoo begins work today on the new $13.5 million, 3.5-acre Simmons Hippo Outpost, an immersive African waterhole habitat that includes a giant underwater viewing area for these surprisingly agile, super-sized …



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves permit for zoos to offer homes to elephants from drought-stricken Swaziland

After a thorough scientific review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved an application from the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to import elephants from Swaziland, Africa. The zoos are working quickly …



Artist Sean Kenney’s elaborate LEGO® brick sculptures arrive at Dallas Zoo

‘Nature Connects’ exhibit, crafted from more than 700,000 LEGO bricks, opens Friday and is included with zoo admission Oversized LEGO® brick sculptures of the natural world take over the Dallas Zoo on Friday with the opening of Nature Connects, a …



Dallas Zoo receives 25-year milestone award for accreditation

Association of Zoos and Aquariums recognizes zoo for continuous accreditation  The Dallas Zoo has been honored as one of 119 U.S. zoos to achieve continuous accreditation for more than 25 years by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The …



Mystery donor spreads holiday cheer at Dallas Zoo

Zoo receives anonymous $10,000 gift; employees recognized as well Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Dallas Zoo received an early Christmas gift this week.  Dressed in suits and Santa hats, two men representing the local donor delivered a generous donation …



Dallas Zoo sets sixth straight attendance record

The Dallas Zoo has smashed its all-time attendance record for the sixth consecutive year, with 1,028,516 guests visiting Texas’ largest and oldest zoo in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Exceeding one million visitors is a first in the …



U.S. zoos work to relocate elephants, making room for rhinos in Africa

 Dallas Zoo, two others form Swaziland wildlife trust form conservation partnership, commit to care for animals that need a new home Three U.S. zoos are collaborating with conservation officials in Swaziland, Africa, in an effort to provide 18 African elephants necessary …




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