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Want to check out the Dallas Zoo on the go? There’s an app for that
Apr 5, 2010

Want to check out the Dallas Zoo on the go? There’s an app for that.

Dallas Zoo first U.S. zoo to offer both English and Spanish-language iPhone app

The Dallas Zoo today announced the launch of their new iPhone app, becoming the first zoo in North Texas, and second zoo in the state, to do so. The Dallas Zoo is the first zoo in the U.S. to offer guests information in both English and Spanish.

“Guests with phones programmed to default to Spanish will automatically download the app in Spanish,” said Sean Greene, Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation. “We’re proud to offer educational and entertaining tools to our visitors in a way that fits their lifestyle.”

With the Dallas Zoo’s new Giants of the Savanna exhibit opening May 28, 2010, the launch of the iPhone app came at a perfect time.

“As the summer unfolds there will be daily changes, no two visits being exactly the same,” continued Greene. “The new Dallas Zoo iPhone app can keep guests up to date about what’s new that week at the Giants of the Savanna and throughout the Zoo.”

Visitors can use the app to enrich their experience by following the schedule of zookeeper talks.

“The iPhone app is a great education tool for the Dallas Zoo,” said Greene. “When you’re at the Zoo you can follow our schedule on your iPhone. You’ll know to be at the elephant exhibit at 2:00 when a keeper is there talking about what our elephants are doing, what they’re eating, and what challenges wild elephants face in Africa. It will make the whole guest experience richer.”

“The Dallas Zoo iPhone app is part of our vision to create the best possible experience for our guests,” said Gregg Hudson, Executive Director, Dallas Zoo and The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “We spend a lot of time and effort creating a natural habitat for our animals. People might be surprised to learn that technology, like the iPhone app, plays an important role in helping us connect with our guests, and giving them a more personal, direct connection with our animals.”

The Dallas Zoo’s iPhone app is free, with information about hours, admission, parking, directions, maps that will help guests navigate exhibits at the Zoo, information about the Dallas Zoo’s animals, membership, educational programs, special events and more. To download, search “Dallas Zoo” on your iPhone. The GPS-based system provides locations of favorite animals and more than 130 animal descriptions. Facebook users can send automatic messages and photos of our most popular animals to their friends. Our Friend Finder uses GPS locations to connect you to friends who also are enjoying the largest zoo in Texas, while our Near Me feature helps guests locate Zoo amenities like restaurants, vending machines, first aid stations, and rest rooms.