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Zoo News

Zoo News

We’re Having a Knock-Down, Haul-Out Demolition Day at the Large Mammal Building
Dec 3, 2012

The Dallas Zoo began demolition of the Large Mammal Building in ZooNorth on Wednesday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m., to make way for a new green space, featuring a grassy lawn, picnic tables, climate-controlled rest rooms, and lighting for evening events. Camel rides have moved to the South Entry area until the new green space is ready next spring. Moyo, a 15-year-old black rhino, moved to the Austin Savanna near Austin, Texas.

When the exhibit opened in May 1959, news reports compared it to a luxurious high-rise near Downtown Dallas. Home to two elephants, two rhinos, three giraffes, three pygmy hippos, and two river hippos when it was dedicated, the building has evolved through the years. The world’s oldest hippo and the oldest male and female reticulated giraffes in captivity once lived there. When Giants of the Savanna opened in 2010, the elephants and giraffes moved to spacious new habitats.