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Adopting a lot of (furry, scaly, feathery) love

It was December 1985, and Oak Cliff resident David Luther was about to celebrate his daughter Amanda’s first Christmas. He wanted to give his little girl something special, something she’d have for years to come that would never be the same. David gave her the intangible gift of adopting a Dallas Zoo animal.

Elephant artwork to join iconic giraffe statue

It’s a symbol of a solid, loving bond between African elephants — intertwining their massive trunks in a gentle hug. This affectionate symbol will be the theme of a new art piece joining our iconic 67-foot-tall giraffe statue near the front entrance of the Zoo.

Sweating for the love of tigers

It’s not every day Malayan tiger Batu searches his one-acre habitat for dozens of hidden meatballs. But when 25 volunteers spend four hours cleaning it, they get the special task of hiding his food and watching from a behind-the-scenes location as he enters to find it.

Youth volunteers bring energy and zest – and a lot of hard work

Zoo guests often notice young workers out and about in the Zoo. They’re not baby-faced zookeepers – not yet, anyway! They’re our youth volunteers, and they know an incredible amount about the exhibits they help run.

How to have a blast at Dollar Day

Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo is our way of giving back to our amazing community, and we want you to get the most out of your visit! Here are a few tips to help you navigate your way through Dollar Day.

Voters choose giraffe baby’s name: “Kopano”

After five days of online voting that drew more than 10,000 votes, the public has spoken: the Dallas Zoo’s new baby giraffe will be named “Kopano,” meaning “united” in Botswana.

Public gets to name Dallas Zoo’s baby giraffe

The donor who paid $50,000 to name the Dallas Zoo’s baby giraffe is opening the choice up for a public vote! Starting Wednesday, Nov. 5, we will launch a voting contest on our website (, where participants can select from three names chosen by the donor.

New art piece to join iconic giraffe statue

The Dallas Zoo’s giant 67-foot-tall giraffe statue (you know, the one that you can see about a mile away on I-35) soon will have company to share her limelight.

IT’S A BOY! Meet our new long-legged baby

The Dallas Zoo has welcomed a leggy, 6-foot-tall baby giraffe, born Sunday to first-time mother Chrystal. The energetic male calf weighs about 120 pounds and appears to be healthy.

Palm oil debate: Saving rainforest homes

On the other side of the world, orangutans, tigers and many other animals are losing their rainforest homes so we can eat food and use products that contain a special ingredient that grows in their habitats – palm oil. Today, palm oil is found in about half the products sold in grocery stores, everything from cookies to toothpaste.

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