Fort Worth Zoo, Toyota Partner to Create New Exhibit
March 01, 2019
The Fort Worth Zoo announced today a 10-year, $2.5 million partnership with Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) to develop and support the Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral, scheduled to open in May 2019.
"Toyota takes pride in calling North Texas home and supporting its communities," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division, Toyota Motor North America. "The Fort Worth Zoo has been a cherished landmark for generations, and we’re excited to partner with Ramona Bass and team to open the Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral. We hope it will allow DFW families and visitors alike to learn more about the animals and world around them for years to come."
Construction on the new Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral has already begun in the former horse and longhorn corral areas of the Zoo’s Texas Wild! exhibit. The ranch will feature an expanded area for children to get up close to animals, including goats, sheep, miniature donkeys and more. “The exhibit will allow Zoo visitors to interact with animals while at the same time educating children and adults about responsible animal husbandry and conservation,” said Michael Fouraker, Fort Worth Zoo executive director.
“Whether standing next to a donkey while brushing it, or petting a sheep or pig, new experiences will allow our guests to learn more about animals and personally connect with them,” said Co-Chairman of the Zoo Board of Directors Ramona Bass. “We are thrilled to begin this long-term partnership with Toyota Motors North America. This sponsorship will make a lasting impact on our community and beyond.”
The development and construction of the Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral is a separate building project from the Zoo’s $100-million capital campaign, A Wilder Vision, which last year premiered its first phase, African Savanna.
Toyota recognizes the importance of operating in harmony with nature, and through the global Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, seeks to create a net positive impact on the environment. For TMNA, that extends to focusing on biodiversity in North America by protecting native and pollinator species; conserving habitats; and engaging with local communities and partners on conservation and restoration efforts.
About the Fort Worth Zoo
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No.5 zoo in North America by USA Today, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 family attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a top 10 zoo or aquarium by FamilyFun magazine. Home to more than 500 animal species, the Zoo is in the second of a four-phase, $100-million master plan. The first phase, African Savanna, opened in April 2018. The second, Elephant Springs, will open in 2020. The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.
About Toyota Motors North America
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.
Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.