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Contacts: LLLLL Lydia Jennings
    Communications Manager
    469.554.7427 office
    772.834.7169 mobile



  • The Dallas Zoo is the largest Zoo in Texas, with 106 developed acres.
  • Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo was the first Zoo in Texas.
  • The Dallas Zoo is home to over 400 species and more than 2,000 animals not including invertebrates, such as the residents of Bug U!.
  • Giants of the Savanna is the only  multi-species zoo exhibit in the United States to mix elephants and other species in the same habitat.
  • The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) presented the Dallas Zoo with its Significant Achievement in the AZA 2011 Exhibit Award for its Giants of the Savanna exhibit.
  • Travis & Zach’s Birds Landing is one of the only interactive aviaries to feature more than a dozen different species for guests to feed.
  • In 2016, the Dallas Zoo received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for positive reviews on the travel website.
  • The Wilds of Africa was named the “Best African Exhibit in the U.S.” by The Zoo Book: A Guide to America’s Best. It includes 36 developed acres, six natural habitats, Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari, Gorilla Trail, award-winning Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center, A.D. Martin Sr. Forest Aviary, Don Glendenning Penguin Cove, and Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee Forest.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the first zoo to breed saddle-billed storks in captivity.
  • Monster, the Zoo’s Nile crocodile, is one of the largest Nile crocodiles in the United States. The largest in Texas, he weighs approximately 850-900 lbs, and is about 13.5 feet long.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the only zoo to have Perentie monitors in North America and the only zoo outside Australia to successfully breed them in captivity.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the “Hottest” Zoo in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, maintaining more than 70 species of venomous reptiles.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the only AZA-accredited zoo to have Samar cobras and Philippine spitting cobras, and only one of three to have Gray’s monitors.
  • Twenty percent of the okapi in the United States and Japan were born or bred at the Dallas Zoo.
  • The Nature Exchange at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, a unique swap shop where children earn points for natural items they bring in, was one of the first of its kind in the United States.