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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.

Meet the Zoo Team: Randy Johnson

Not many people can say they enjoy their first cup of coffee in the morning while listening to a lion’s roar echo in the distance. But that’s how Randy Johnson’s day starts off. Randy’s been the horticulture manager at the Dallas Zoo for just over a year, and he’s made quite an impression.

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.

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