Exhibits & Experiences :: Wilds of Africa

Wilds of Africa

The Dallas Zoo’s Wilds of Africa opened in 1990 as a 25-acre tract featuring six African ecosystems including the state-of-the-art Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center.  In May 2010, an 11-acre African savanna was added with the opening of Giants of the Savanna.

The Wilds of Africa is the first zoo exhibit in the world to include every major habitat of an entire continent. It focuses on habitats in order to highlight the fragile bond between man, animals, and the environment and shows how animals are suited for their particular habitats. The conservation message is that if habitats are destroyed, wildlife cannot survive.

A specially designed Monorail Safari, the only one in the United States engineered to climb and turn, takes guests on a one-mile tour through six habitats — bush, desert, forest, woodland, river, and mountain environments. Many of the animals in the Wilds of Africa can only be seen via the Monorail.

The Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest allows guests to learn about the different faces of chimpanzees and the Don Glendenning Penguin Cove enables visitors to get up close and personal with our African penguins as they swim.

With acres to explore, the Wilds of Africa is just a small portion of the adventure guests can expect from as visit to the Dallas Zoo.