New at the Zoo

Howdy to our new Texas horned lizards

Texas horned lizard Phrynosoma cornutum Habitat: Desert terrain Range: Southern central United States and northern Mexico Just in time for the return of football season, the Zoo has welcomed seven Texas horned lizards. As its name suggests, the Texas horned lizard has small horns all over its body and two larger horns on top of its head. The lizard is gray- or tan-colored with a white stripe down its back, and it uses camouflage as its first defense against threatening... Read More
at Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Now playing at the Fort Worth Zoo

 It's summertime at the Fort Worth Zoo! Come see, learn, splash, share and play with us!       Read More
at Friday, July 29, 2016

New Rosellas in Parrot Paradise

Rosella Platycerus Spp. Habitat: Wooded areas, including neighborhoods and parks Range: Australia and some surrounding islands   On your next visit into Parrot Paradise, look around and see if you can spot the newest residents. The Zoo has received five new rosellas – one eastern rosella, two crimson rosellas and two pale-headed rosellas. This brightly colored parrot species is known for its long pointed tail. The coloring of the bird is specific to its species (there are... Read More
at Monday, March 21, 2016

Pronking with the new Springbok

Springbok Antidorcas marsupialis marsupialis Habitat: Open fields, near dry edges of bodies of water Range: South and southwestern Africa   Shortly after entering the Zoo, right in the middle of Zebra Plaza, you’ll notice a new hoofstock species sharing an exhibit with the kudu. Two male springboks have joined the Zoo’s collection from San Diego Safari Park, and are each not quite 2 years old.   The springbok is a striking animal, with beautiful contrasting... Read More
at Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New African penguin chick

African penguin Spheniscus demersus Habitat: Rocky coastlines Range: Southwestern coast of Africa, living on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay. The largest colony exists on Dyer Island. Meet the newest, fluffiest member of the Animal Outreach team, an African penguin chick! The small, male chick hatched on Jan. 13 at the Fort Worth Zoo under the care of the bird department. Staff will monitor the growth and development of the hatchling, making sure he gains weight,... Read More
at Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Two Herring gulls join Animal Outreach

Herring gull Larus argentatus Habitat: Coastal areas, offshore islands Range: Europe, Asia, North America   The Animal Outreach team has added some new feathered members to their collection, two herring gulls. If you’ve ever interacted with a gull on the beach, perhaps trying to steal your food, you won’t be surprised to know these animals are highly intelligent, making them the perfect additions to the Animal Outreach program. The gulls are currently in training and... Read More
at Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Meet Our Cubs

The Fort Worth Zoo’s newest members of the pride were born this spring, on March 29, to parents Abagebe and Jabulani. Weighing only 2 pounds at birth, the two female African lion cubs will grow to weigh up to 275 pounds, while the male cub could weigh more than 400 pounds. Abagebe and Jabulani were born at a South African wildlife facility and arrived at the Zoo in 2012. The Zoo’s wildlife partnerships are global, and the lions’ unique genetic material makes them a valuable asset in the... Read More
Posted by Hannah Hodges at Monday, February 1, 2016

Say hi to the herd!

In January 2015, the Fort Worth Zoo welcomed a female giraffe calf. Dilly, meaning “great” or “magnificent,” was born a towering 6 feet tall and with a heart-shaped marking on her neck. See if you can spot her with the rest of the herd in the African Savannah exhibit. The giraffe is the tallest of all living land animals. Its legs alone are often taller than most humans. The average height of a mature adult giraffe ranges from 15 to almost 20 feet, with males being... Read More
Posted by Hannah Hodges at Monday, February 1, 2016

Conservation success story: Louisiana pine snake

The Zoo is pleased to announce another conservation success with the recent hatchings of 16 endangered Louisiana pine snakes. This snake is nonvenomous and spends 90 percent of its time underground in self-dug burrows or those made by other animals. This elusive snake can grow up to 7 feet in length. This species only breeds one time each year, during the spring. Although this snake lays the largest eggs of any North American snake, it produces the smallest number, usually only four or five in a... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Two furry residents come to the Zoo

On your next visit to the Zoo’s education building, look for two furry mammals — short-tailed chinchillas. The short-tailed chinchilla is about 15 to 17 inches in length, including the tail. The female is typically larger than the male. This chinchilla has soft, thick fur with about 60 fine hairs growing from each follicle. The coat varies from pearl to light gray. The tail itself is about 5 to 6 inches long and is covered in coarse hair. The chinchilla’s thick fur helps to protect the animal... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Wednesday, September 30, 2015