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The (animal) kingdom by night

Ever wonder what goes on at the Zoo after the gates are closed and the lights go out? It’s a full sensory experience under the Texas stars. Grab a flashlight and head out for a private, guided expedition as the sun sets and twilight takes over.



Dallas Zoo becomes a smoking-free park

We’re clearing the air in the Dallas Zoo. To eliminate secondhand smoke exposure for our guests, animals and staff, we will become a smoke-free park beginning Oct. 1, 2014.



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.



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.



Feathers, Fur & Scales Photography Contest

To our photography enthusiasts: We’ve seen you armed with your photography gear, snapping photos in the Zoo, and we’ve also seen a sneak-peek of the pictures you’ve posted on Instagram for our annual Feathers, Fur & Scales Photography Contest.



There’s simply no such thing as a ‘typical’ day for a zoo vet

On any given day, the Dallas Zoo’s three veterinarians might work on a tiny frog who weighs a few grams and then examine an elephant that weighs 10,000 pounds. That’s the irony of “specializing” in zoo veterinary medicine!




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