Category Archives: ZooHoo Blog

Update: Gorilla Patrick prospers in new home

It’s been a year since we said farewell to our beloved Western lowland gorilla Patrick. You helped us send off the 24-year-old silverback with presents, cupcakes, cards, and a whole lot of love. Patrick now calls the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C., home.

Crispy baked bugs, anyone?

Aaron Bussell, our Animal Nutrition Center supervisor, didn’t think he’d be wiped out of food at the State Fair of Texas when he was invited to hold a cooking demo, considering he was baking bugs! But that’s exactly what happened – 150 portions gone in a matter of minutes.

Dallas Zoo smashes yearly attendance record

Thanks to our amazing guests, we’ve done it again! The Dallas Zoo has set an all-time attendance record for the fifth consecutive year, with 943,139 guests visiting Texas’ largest and oldest zoo in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

New silverback joins female gorillas

He’s a sight for sore eyes — a handsome fella and a patient man (swooning much?). Subira, a 19-year-old Western lowland gorilla, has joined the Dallas Zoo troop as a breeding male, creating our first family group in over a decade.

Halloween creepy-crawlers not so creepy

Admit it, there are a few creatures that make your skin crawl, or maybe make you squeal, jump on top of a table, or run like the wind. We’ve compiled a list of the scariest creatures at the Dallas Zoo. But we’re not trying to intensify your phobias — zookeeper Tim Brys tells why our top five “scariest” animals are simply misunderstood.

Training big rodents requires big skills

R.O.U.S.’s (rodents of unusual size) are no longer a fictional character in the beloved film “The Princess Bride.” They’re real, and sharing their amazing natural adaptations with Dallas Zoo guests in the SOAR: A Festival of Flight show.

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.

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.

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