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Dallas Zoo discontinues smartphone app

To better serve guests and visitors, the Dallas Zoo is discontinuing its mobile application. Customers looking for news, hours, pricing, maps, events, schedules and more are encouraged to visit DallasZoo.com from their smartphone. The new, mobile-optimized website provides the same …



Dallas Zoo’s baby elephant and mom meet their adoring fans

Ajabu and Mlilo will now make regular appearances outdoors Loyal and loving fans of Dallas Zoo’s baby elephant, Ajabu, and his mom, Mlilo, one of the elephants rescued from drought-stricken Swaziland this spring, can now see the mother-son pair in …



Dallas Zoo attracts more than 1 million visitors again

For the second straight year, the Dallas Zoo has welcomed one million visitors. The milestone was hit a full month earlier than last year, the first time the revitalized zoo reached the exclusive mark. “We appreciate our community’s support so …



Dallas Zoo names baby elephant ‘Ajabu’

The Dallas Zoo has named its two-month-old elephant calf Ajabu (uh-JAH-boo), an African name that means “wonder,” “amazing,” and “extraordinary.” “It’s a perfect name for this little dynamo,” said Gregg Hudson, the zoo’s CEO and president. “Ever since his birth …



Dallas Zoo welcomes African elephant calf

Three-foot-tall, 175-pound baby born to elephant rescued from Swaziland The Dallas Zoo has welcomed a big new arrival: a male African elephant calf born May 14 to Mlilo, one of the elephants rescued from drought-stricken Swaziland this spring. The calf …



Dallas Zoo hosts special day for individuals with autism

In honor of April’s Autism Awareness Month, the Dallas Zoo is hosting a special day Sunday, April 24, from 8-11 a.m. for individuals with autism, their families, and anyone who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. Designed with autistic needs …



Dallas Zoo’s gun ban upheld by Texas attorney general

Office rejects citizen complaint filed last fall The Office of the Attorney General of Texas has upheld the Dallas Zoo’s policy barring weapons on its grounds, rejecting a citizen complaint filed last fall. The Attorney General determined that the policy …



Dallas Zoo’s popular monorail reopens after major renovation

$3 million overhaul includes electrical and mechanical systems; new station The Dallas Zoo’s beloved people-mover finally reopens to guests tomorrow (Friday, March 25) after an extensive renovation. The renamed Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail underwent a $3 million overhaul …



Dallas Zoo begins construction on $13.5 million hippo habitat

Project features underwater windows into 120,000-gallon African waterhole The Dallas Zoo begins work today on the new $13.5 million, 2.1-acre Simmons Hippo Outpost, an immersive African waterhole habitat that includes a giant underwater viewing area for these surprisingly agile, super-sized …



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves permit for zoos to offer homes to elephants from drought-stricken Swaziland

After a thorough scientific review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved an application from the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to import elephants from Swaziland, Africa. The zoos are working quickly …




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