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Something New for the Zoo – Safari Express Pulls into Dallas
Apr 1, 2013

The Safari Express pulls into the new Picnic Ridge area at ZooNorth on April 5. The kid-sized, all-electric trackless train is decorated with animal graphics and equipped with a smoke machine and sound effects as it winds its way around Picnic Ridge. The expansive lawn, picnic tables, and rest rooms at Picnic Ridge are located at the site of the former Large Mammal Building.

“This is going to be a very popular area for people with children,” said Gregg Hudson, president and CEO of Dallas Zoo Management Inc. “Kids can ride the train alone or with parents, and it’s a short walk from the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo. But Picnic Ridge is not just for children. Watch for news on special evening events we’re planning for that area!”

Passengers board the Safari Express at the train station located across from the Herpetarium. Seating is spacious enough for parents to accompany children on the ride. The caboose is equipped according to ADA guidelines for passengers with mobility challenges. The Safari Express operates daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $2 per person per ride.

“We are grateful to the Jane and Bill Browning Family Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas for providing the funds to make Picnic Ridge possible,” said Michael L. Meadows, president and CEO of the Dallas Zoological Society. “Their generosity covered the cost of tearing down the 50-year-old Large Mammal Building and turning the area into a beautiful space for families and friends to enjoy.”