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Green tip #3: Upcycling makes old products new again

Repurposing or “upcycling” old items into new ones is a great way to save money, showcase your creativity and an even better way to be environmentally sustainable!



Quick-thinking mechanic saves koi pond

If fish could talk, the 40 koi that call the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo home would be singing the praises of water features mechanic Ruben Pacheco. His quick thinking kept them alive after a recent water filter break.



Rare Egyptian vulture proves he’s special for many reasons

Meet Einstein – he’s a 28-year-old Egyptian vulture. And although he’s one of only 5 Egyptian vultures in U.S. AZA-accredited zoos, it’s his suave personality that makes him shine. He’s also one of the few bird species that are tool users.



Operation saving horned lizards: A successful tagging season in West Texas

Every year, we travel to a 4,700-acre preserve in West Texas in search of Texas horned lizards. Our reptile team is studying the life history of this icon, collecting data to shed light on what horned lizards need to make a comeback.



Conservation concerns brought to life with interactive art displays from 9th graders

The students from the Cedar Hill charter school were challenged this past spring to think deeply about endangered animals for a semester-long project integrating many different school subjects with an end goal of a prototype interactive sculpture.



Zoo vocabulary lesson: Stationing (or ‘how to ask an otter to sit still’)

Our 5 otters, and their patient zookeepers are proudly showing off their mastered “stationing” behavior. Keeper Audra Cooke explains why this trained behavior is so important.



Sea turtle mission: Saving the most endangered in South Texas

Fifty selfless volunteers traveled with us this summer to support Sea Turtle, Inc on South Padre Island, home to the most endangered sea turtle species, the Kemp’s ridley. We worked tirelessly to restore crucial beach habitat for these troubled turtles. And the reward was extraordinary.



Gorilla FAQ: Answering the most common questions

You pose the questions, but now get the answers about our gorillas. What do they eat? How much do they weigh? How do they groom that soft-looking hair? Find the answers and more from Lower Wilds of Africa keeper Debbie Reid.



Top Photographer: Summer campers show off their photo skills

A group of middle schoolers proved they have what it takes to earn the title of Dallas Zoo’s Top Photographer. Inspired by the television show Top Chef, our annual Top Photographer summer camp teaches campers tips and tricks on how to capture beautiful wildlife photos.



National Zookeeper Week: Why we love our careers

For National Zookeeper Week, we’re shining light on our incredibly devoted keepers. Lower Wilds of Africa zookeeper Cristina Powers shares a touching story on why zookeepers love their challenging, dirty, and extremely rewarding careers.




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