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For the safety of our employees, guests, and animals, and in response with Dallas County orders, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear face coverings while at the Dallas Zoo.

Encounters & Experiences

Excited girl feeding giraffe

Encounters and Experiences

We are open!

We are excited to start welcoming guests back to the Zoo! For the health and safety of our staff, guests, and animals, we have made significant changes to the ticketing and entry process, as well as our daily operations.

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We hope your visit to the Dallas Zoo is one you won’t soon forget!

Be sure to check out these animal encounters and special experiences along the way as you discover our 2,000+ animals.

Keeper Chat

Keeper Chats

Learn more about your favorite Dallas Zoo animals from the zoologists who care for them!

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Giraffe Feedings

**TEMPORARILY CLOSED** Dallas Zoo is home to nine reticulated giraffes. Get up close with these gentle giants at our giraffe feeding platform on the Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge.

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Birds Landing

***TEMPORARILY CLOSED*** Get up-close with nearly two dozen species of birds from around the globe in this unique, interactive aviary.

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Wild Encounters

Head to the Wild Encounters Stage to get up close with a variety of animals, like fascinating reptiles, free-flighted birds, porcupines, and much more.

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Cheetah sprinting

Cheetah Encounter

**TEMPORARILY CLOSED** Witness Winspear’s incredible speed, and learn how his brother, Labrador retriever Amani gives him the confidence he needs to be an ambassador for his critically endangered species.

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Wonders of the Wild

Grab a seat in the amphitheater, and get ready to discover the Wonders of the Wild! Our zoologists will introduce you to amazing animals from around the world, like a charming capybara, precocious penguins, high-flying birds of prey, and more.

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Rainforest Rendezvous

Marvel at our magnificent macaws as they take flight in this brand new experience.

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