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Zoo News

Shed Your Winter Coat at the Dallas Zoo for those in need
Nov 27, 2013

Donated coats, blankets for The Stewpot
mean free admission to zoo on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14


The Dallas Zoo’s annual “Shed Your Winter Coat” coat drive to benefit The Stewpot, a barrier-free resource center for the homeless and at-risk in Dallas. To show its appreciation to guests who donate coats, blankets, and sleeping bags, the Zoo will offer free admission for each item donated. Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) members who participate will receive a free guest admission ticket. And due to a potentially icy weather forecast on Dec. 7, the zoo will extend the coat drive to the following Saturday, Dec. 14, as well.


Saturday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 14
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203


For each item donated, guests receive one free admission to the zoo.


This annual event is part of the “Zoo Unto Others” program, established to give back to our community, whose support has been vital to the zoo’s success since 1888. Last year, more than 3,000 coats were collected for The Stewpot.


Take the DART Red Line straight to the zoo entrance to avoid the traffic and parking. Schedules can be viewed at


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About the Dallas Zoo:  The Dallas Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is the largest zoological experience in Texas featuring a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The official airline of the Dallas Zoo is American Airlines. The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Mars­­­­­­­­alis). Admission is $12 for ages 12-64, $9 for ages 3-11, $9 for ages 65 and above, and free for ages 2 and younger and Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) members. The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 469.554.7500. 


About The Stewpot:  The Stewpot offers a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life. The Stewpot collaborates with more than 25 other nonprofits in order to provide a continuum of care. Direct program support for The Stewpot comes from donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, church, and civic groups outside of First Presbyterian Church. The Stewpot operates under the 501(c)3 of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which provides for building maintenance, utilities, and administrative expenses of The Stewpot. The Stewpot is located at 408 Park Ave. and Young St. For more information, visit or call 214.746.2785.