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Zoo News

Zoo News

Giant Game-Changer for the Dallas Zoo
May 26, 2011

The Giants of the Savanna habitat celebrates its first anniversary with
record membership, record attendance, and new reputation in the international zoo community.

The Dallas Zoo announced today that the year-old Giants of the Savanna habitat proved to be a giant game-changer for the Dallas Zoo.

“A year ago, we predicted this would be a game-changer for the Dallas Zoo, and the Giants of the Savanna has exceeded all of our expectations,” said Gregg Hudson, Executive Director and CEO, Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “Year-to-date, attendance is up 54 percent. Since the Giants of the Savanna opened Memorial Day weekend 20101, almost 850,000 guests have visited the Dallas Zoo. Our guests enjoy seeing the natural behaviors in the mixed-species habitat and they are spreading the word. On a professional level, the Giants of the Savanna has positioned the Dallas Zoo among the top zoos for natural, wildlife experiences. Our staff and partners include some of the most respected animal experts in the world. We’re pleased with the results.”

“Giants of the Savanna has been the biggest and most exciting addition to the Dallas Zoo in more than 20 years,” said Michael Meadows, President and CEO, Dallas Zoological Society. “It’s made the Dallas Zoo a destination zoo and setting standards for animal welfare. Our peers at the nation’s leading zoos, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and at zoos and conservation organizations around the world are coming to the Dallas Zoo to see the activity-based habitat and telling us we have set a new standard for elephant exhibits. With the Giants of the Savanna continuing to thrive and evolve, we truly believe the Dallas Zoo is poised to become one of the best zoological parks in the country.”

The SavannAnniversary weekend on May 28 – 30:

• Expanded schedule of Zookeeper Encounters

• African drummers

• Zip line

• Bungee trampoline

• Bounce house

• Free-flight bird show SOAR, A Festival of Flight, daily 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

• First 200 children to enter the Zoo each day receive a commemorative coin

• $10, all-you-can-eat cookout in the Savanna on May 29 and 30; hamburgers, hot dogs, and traditional picnic fare

• $1 snack deals will be available all weekend.

• Admission is $15 (ages 12-64); $12 (ages 3-11 and 65+); free for ages 2 and younger and DZS members

• Visit, download our free iPhone app, or call (214) 554-7500.