Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Fort Worth Zoo Facts and Figures

Staff
  • Full-time: 185
  • Part-time: 200 to 400 (seasonal)
  • Volunteers: 75 to 200 (seasonal)
Attendance

Approximately 1 million visitors annually.


Animal Collection Totals: 542 species
  • The Fort Worth Zoo currently houses 112 species in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan.
  • The Fort Worth Zoo is home to 68 endangered and threatened species on the state and federal levels.
  • The total number of species in the Zoo’s animal collection includes 160 fish and invertebrates; Zoo collection numbers vary.
Mammals: 72 species
  • The only Zoo in the nation to house representatives of all four Great Ape species — gorillas, orangutans, bonobos and chimpanzees
  • Only Texas zoo and one of seven zoos in the nation to house bonobos
  • The Fort Worth Zoo is one of five locations in the world to display two of the five rhino species in captivity: black and greater one-horned Asian rhinos.
  • International leader in Asian elephant conservation
Birds: 148 species
  • Houses the most successful breeding colony of lesser flamingos in the world. The Fort Worth Zoo has been rearing chicks consistently since 2001.
  • One of eight zoos in the nation to house the endangered Harpy eagle
  • One of four zoos in the nation to display the African crowned eagle
  • One of two zoos in the nation to breed saddle-billed storks
  • One of the few facilities in the nation to house the rare and endangered Storm’s storks
  • One of four zoos in the nation to display palm nut vultures
Ectotherms: 172 species
  • One of the largest collections of reptiles in the United States
  • Spearheads international conservation effort to save the Jamaican iguana, the most endangered lizard in the world; recipient of the prestigious International Conservation Award in 2000 for the Jamaican iguana conservation program
  • Boasts a state-of-the-art, large reptile complex exhibiting endangered Komodo dragons and gharial crocodiles
  • Has reproduced more than 180 taxa (species or sub-species) of reptiles and amphibians since 1971 — more than 30 represent first captive breedings in North America
  • Recipient of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 2011 Top Honors in exhibit design, an award that recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA-accredited institution.
Accreditation
The Fort Worth Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).