New Ticketing & Entry Process
Given the ongoing upward trend in COVID-19 cases in Dallas County, we have decided to voluntarily return to our initial level of reopening activities, starting Thursday, July 2. This will help limit exposure to high-touch and indoor areas as further safeguards for everyone right now.
Please read the Changes at the Zoo section below for the latest on what’s open or closed.
The wait is over – it’s finally time to get back to the Zoo!
For the health and safety of our staff, guests, and animals, we have made significant changes to the ticketing and entry process, as well as our daily operations.
Please read carefully before planning your visit.
All guests, including Dallas Zoo Members, must now reserve tickets and parking online prior to visiting.
You will also be prompted to choose an entry time for your visit.
Your tickets and parking will now be scanned at the ticket booths at the Zoo’s entry.
Follow new traffic flows and pathways throughout the Zoo to allow for social distancing.
Changes in the Zoo
Please bear with us as our schedules, offerings, and operations are changing quite a bit right now. The hope is to have “open” amenities and experiences available to you as often as we can.
If you’re looking for snack and shopping while you’re at the Zoo, you’ll find:
- Outdoor retail kiosks near the Gift Shop
- Open-air walk-up food & beverage areas throughout the Zoo, including:
- Craft Beer Garden and Coop on the Fly food truck on The Grove
- Otter Falls Outpost near the otter habitat
- Bantu BBQ (open limited hours on weekends only)
- Kona Ice truck near Bantu BBQ (open weekends only)
- Kilimanjaro Kones near the Giants of the Savanna habitat
- Snack areas in Wilds of Africa, near The Grove, and in the Breezeway will be open occasionally
In addition to your walk through the Zoo, please enjoy the following animal experiences:
- More than 10 daily keeper chats to hear about our animals directly from our amazing zoologists
- Wonders of the Wild wildlife show
- Rainforest Rendezvous macaw-in-flight experience
- Pop-up animal encounters in ZooNorth (at Cheetah Encounter)
- Hourly animal presentations at the Wild Encounters Stage
Click below for a full list of daily keeper chats and experiences. Check the daily schedule at the front gates for the most up-to-date information.
The following areas remain closed for the time being:
- Gift Shop
- Endangered Species Carousel
- Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo (bathrooms are open)
- Indoor tiger viewing
- Giraffe feeding experience
- Serengeti Grill
- Gorilla Research Station
- North Gorilla Bunker (open-air gorilla habitat viewing remains open)
- Wild of Africa Forest Aviary
- Mini train
- Prime Meridian Café
- Bug U!
- Highland Hippo Hut
- Adventure Safari Monorail
- Simmons Safari Base Camp
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New Face Covering Policy
In accordance with Dallas County orders, visitors 10 years and older are required to wear face coverings while at the Dallas Zoo. This change is effective Friday, June 26, 2020.
We now require all our guests 10 years and older to join our on-grounds staff in wearing face coverings at all times while at the Zoo to further minimize the spread of COVID-19. We strongly encourage children over the age of two and up to age 10 to wear face coverings during their visit to the Zoo, especially when inside buildings or in restrooms.
We are taking these health and safety measures very seriously. The face covering policy will be enforced for guests during their visit, and guests who choose to not comply with these requirements may be asked to leave the Zoo.
Face coverings must be worn at all times, indoors and outdoors, unless:
- Guests are eating or drinking.
- Guests is outdoors and needs a short break from wearing the face covering.
- Wearing a face covering poses a greater physical or mental health risk to the guest.
The Dallas Zoo reserves the right to modify these requirements on a case-by-case basis to accommodate any circumstances that, in Dallas Zoo’s sole discretion, warrant a modification to this policy.
Keeping everyone safe and healthy
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals is our top priority.
- You will see signage and markers throughout the park to remind you to follow social distancing guidelines and abide by other safety measures.
- Additional hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the Zoo, and staff will rotate through the Zoo to clean high-touch areas like handrails, viewing glass, and door handles throughout the day.
- We ask that you limit your group size to 10 people or fewer for entry to the Zoo and as you walk around. Visiting in smaller groups or splitting up a larger group as you walk around will help everyone enjoy the Zoo while still being able to follow social distancing guidelines.
- All Dallas Zoo staff members will wear protective face coverings during their shifts.
- The Zoo continues to follow the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines by asking employees and guests to stay home if they are sick, encouraging respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, and routinely cleaning all surfaces and public areas.
- If you feel sick before your scheduled reservation, we ask that you not visit the Zoo. If you begin feeling sick while at the Zoo, reach out to our staff so that someone from the on-site medical team may assess and assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to your most frequently asked questions.