New at the Zoo

New Hours

New Operating Hours   As summer continues, the Fort Worth Zoo will be operating an hour earlier! Open everyday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for everyone (July 5 through Aug. 31) – this is an awesome opportunity to make the Zoo a part of your morning summer activities. Please note that this means the keeper chat hours have also changed. This includes early opening to  Stingray Cove . Safari Splash will open at 10 a.m. daily and closes when the Zoo closes (hours may... Read More
at Monday, July 5, 2021

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations

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at Monday, July 5, 2021

Where Are All the Monarch Butterflies?

Pollinator Week: Where Are All the Monarch Butterflies? Characterized with striking black, white and orange markings, the monarch butterfly populates much of North, Central and South America as well as some Pacific Islands, India, Australia and Western Europe. Many Texans may recall the days of seeing monarchs flutter regularly around spring flowers, but those days are harder to come by as the monarch population has declined more than 90% in the past 20 years largely due to habitat... Read More
at Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Keeper Chats and Stage Shows are back!

Chat with a zookeeper, watch an animal show!   Have you ever wondered how much water an elephant can hold in its trunk? Are you curious about what the Zoo’s primates eat or how much a giant Aldabra tortoise weighs? Join the Zoo’s interpretive specialists and zookeepers daily throughout the park for Wild Encounters as they share facts and stats about Zoo animals. Experience, learn and ask your wildest animal questions. To see the daily Keeper Chat... Read More
at Thursday, June 17, 2021

Zoo celebrates the world's first IVF Houston toads

Meet Uri and Viola! The Fort Worth Zoo and partners from Mississippi State University are celebrating the world’s first Houston toads produced via in vitro fertilization (IVF). The first two toads produced using frozen-thawed semen, Uri and Viola, are being reared at the Zoo and their siblings were released in Bastrop County, Texas.  They were named after the two Texas winter storms that the team endured while working on this important research. This is a huge conservation... Read More
at Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A Giraffe Born at the Zoo - and He's Super Cute to Boot!

New boots? No, new giraffe!   The Fort Worth Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of giraffe calf, Lucchese! He was born on May 7, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 174 pounds. Lucchese’s name was chosen through a naming contest and with nearly 8,000 votes, Lucchese beat out Hickory, Jabali (Swahili for “strong as a rock”, Mwezi (Swahili for “moon”), and Thor. Thank you to all who voted! Lucchese is a reticulated giraffe, referring to the... Read More
at Monday, May 10, 2021

She's a Peach!

A new addition to the African Savanna joined recently! Peaches, a lesser kudu calf, was born on May 5 to parents Umbrella and Martini.   The lesser kudu originates from northeastern Africa and is known for the white stripe that runs along its back, accompanied by 11 to 14 stripes on either side. The kudu has large ears that allow for increased hearing capabilities, making Peaches easier to spot within the African Savanna . The lesser kudu is herbivorous, meaning it only... Read More
at Monday, May 10, 2021

Jamaican rock iguana escapes extinction thanks to conservation efforts 

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is a comprehensive database that records the health of the world’s biodiversity, including a tool that manages a list of species and their status in the wild. In an effort to raise awareness about some of the world’s rarest and endangered animals, Jon Paul Rodriguez, the chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, has identified 10 critically endangered... Read More

Taking action to save the Texas freshwater mussels

Taking action to save the Texas freshwater mussels   In Texas, you may hear the world “mussel” and think “invasive species.” While it’s true there are some freshwater mussel species that are invasive to our Texas waters and native animals, there are several mussel species that are threatened, endangered and even now extinct. This massive decline in populations has conservationists and researchers concerned and taking swift action to better... Read More

More flamingo hatchings at the Fort Worth Zoo

We’re Seeing Pink!  The spring and summer months mark the middle of flamingo breeding season, and this year 44 chicks have hatched at the Zoo: 12 Chilean, 24 lesser, and 8 Caribbean – representing three of the four species housed at the Zoo. Both lesser and Chilean flamingos are listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Lesser flamingos are extremely difficult to breed in captivity and reproduce less than any other flamingo... Read More
at Wednesday, May 5, 2021