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Contacts: LLLLL Lydia Jennings
Communications Manager
469.554.7427 office
772.834.7169 mobile



    • Founded in 1888
    • Executive Director/CEO:  Gregg Hudson
    • The Dallas Zoo is owned by the City of Dallas and managed by non-profit Dallas Zoo Management Inc. (DZM). Funding for capital projects, as well as management of development, membership, marketing, food services, retail operations, and volunteer programs is provided by the Dallas Zoological Society (DZS). DZM also manages the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park; however, budgeted expenses are funded by the City of Dallas.
    • Employees:  More than 300 full-time staff
    • Size:  106 acres
    • DZS membership:  25,000+ households
    • Species:  Approximately 430, not including fish
    • Specimens:  Approximately 2,200 not including invertebrates or fish
    • The Zoo has approximately 66 of the species managed through the AZA’s Species Survival Plans.
    • Key Exhibits:
      • The Wilds of Africa – Named “Best African Exhibit in U.S.” by The Zoo Book: A Guide to America’s Best.  Includes 36 developed acres including the new Giants of the Savanna, the Gorilla Trail, and the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari through the six habitats of Africa, as well as the Don Glendenning Penguin Cove.
      • Giants of the Savanna – Opened May 2010, this highly acclaimed multi-species exhibit is an 11-acre habitat that is home to elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, lechwe, warthogs, and guineafowl. The exhibit also features Predator Rock featuring lions and cheetahs. The Zoo offers free-flight bird demonstrations daily with large African species, such as crowned cranes, and daily Keeper Encounter training demonstrations.
      • Gorilla Trail – Highlights along the one-mile trail include the award-winning Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center, the A. D. Martin Sr. Forest Aviary, Crocodile Isle, and the Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest.
      • Betty Moroney Norsworthy Otter Outpost – Home to families of Asian small-clawed otters.
      • Endangered Tiger Habitat – The one-acre naturalistic exhibit for Sumatran tigers features Southeast Asian architecture.
      • Herpetarium – Nationally renowned collection of reptile and amphibian species; home to Ghosts from the Bayou showcasing an albino American alligator.
      • Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo – Three-acre facility, featuring a variety of interactive, educational, and entertaining exhibits, including the Underzone with naked mole-rats, the Nature Exchange, a hands-on store where children trade natural artifacts, and much more.  Also includes the interactive aviary known as Travis & Zach’s Birds Landing.
      • Texas Cats – Rocky setting for wild cats of Texas including ocelots, bobcats, and cougars.
      • Bug U! – Native insects of Texas have a habitat in this renovated WPA-era building.
      • Wings of Wonder – Birds of prey and scavengers reside in large homes with water features.
      • Primate Place – This tree-covered pathway provides plenty of branches for many monkeys.
      • Wonders of the Wild – a dynamic, interactive 20-minute wildlife show featuring birds and mammals from all over the world.
    • Open seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day.
    • Regular hours:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Winter hours starting Oct. 1: 9 a.m. to  4 p.m.
    • Cost:
      • Admission: $15 ages 12-64; $12 ages 3-11 and seniors; free for age 2 and under and DZS members (March-May); $7 per person (December-February).  Senior Safari Wednesdays offer $5 admission for all seniors (65+) every Wednesday.
      • Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari:  $5 per person age 3 and up.
      • Endangered Species Carousel: $2 per person.
      • Giraffe feeding: $5 per serving.
      • Parking: $10 per car.
    • Location and Phone: 650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway (I 35E), Dallas, TX 75203. (469) 554-7500; (469) 554-7501 (office).