Projected Opening: Spring 2020
Almost tripling its current size, this exhibit will serve as the home to our Asian elephant herd, which includes a three-generation family. The addition of multiple, expanded yards and varied habitats will help to enhance the Zoo’s successful breeding program. These improvements will allow the herd numerous enrichment opportunities with multiple pools and yards. The Fort Worth Zoo intends to remain at the forefront of elephant conservation and management. Elephant Springs will allow the Zoo to further this leadership role and guarantee the survival of these magnificent creatures for generations to come.
The greater one-horned rhino will make its home next door to Elephant Springs. It will be upstream from the Asian elephant herd as it befits the natural geographic relationship. With rhinos facing extinction in the wild in as few as 25 to 30 years, the Fort Worth Zoo takes its responsibility seriously to further the survival of this vulnerable species by continuing its successful breeding program. In 2012, the Zoo celebrated a major conservation success with the birth of the greater one-horned rhino calf, Asha. Her birth was a first for the Fort Worth Zoo and the first ever in the state of Texas. The new exhibit will improve the Zoo’s ability to breed these impressive animals.