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2021 Texas horned lizard release update

    Last month we gave you a glimpse of these guys as they were released into the wild. Now we want to share more of the story and highlight the important work of Zoo staff, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, TCU and all others involved in the annual Texas horned lizards release were 204 little lizards entered the wild! Read More
at Friday, October 8, 2021

Monarchs Return to Texas - Monarch Butterfly Day

In 2018, Fort Worth City Council proclaimed Oct. 6 as Monarch Butterfly Day. In 2019, Fort Worth, Texas was named as a Monarch Butterfly Champion City by the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program for its commitment to monarch conservation, becoming only the fourth city in North America to be recognized with the honor. Monarchs travel through Texas each year during their journey south to Mexico, but the monarch population has dwindled due to loss of habitat... Read More
at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The future is looking … green!

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has developed the Green Status of Species in an effort to measure the impact of conservation action and how close threatened species are to being ecologically functional. This tool complements the IUCN’s Red List created in 1964 to assess the status of threatened species and their risk of global extinction. While the Red List has been extremely insightful by providing a greater understanding of the state of the world’s... Read More
at Tuesday, September 28, 2021

TODAY is North Texas Giving Day!

North Texas Giving Day is this TODAY, Sept. 23! Last year, your gifts contributed to the care of nearly 7,000 animals and aided in conservation projects both at home and abroad. We have set a goal to raise $20,000 on this year’s North Texas Giving Day. Gifts of any size make an impact at the Fort Worth Zoo. Plus, if you give, you may be one of the lucky recipients selected to receive a personalized thank-you message from one of the Zoo’s animals and our zookeepers! When you... Read More

Sept. 22 is World Rhino Day!

Today is World Rhino Day, a day focusing on spreading awareness for the five living rhino species and the work being done to save them. Four of the five remaining species are threatened with extinction. Three are critically endangered, meaning that they could go extinct in our lifetime. At the start of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed the earth. Today, there are only 28,000 left. Poaching and habitat fragmentation threaten rhino populations daily.    The Fort Worth Zoo... Read More
at Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Texas horned lizard hatchling release marks milestone to save state reptile

On Sept. 16, the Zoo, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. (TPWD) along with Dallas Zoo and Caldwell Zoo released 204 captive-raised hatchlings into the wild (100 of which hatched at the Fort Worth Zoo). Last week, the Zoo also celebrated a major conservation milestone: the successful hatching of its 1,000th Texas horned lizard! In 2011, the Fort Worth Zoo developed and perfected the breeding and husbandry protocols required to successfully breed and care for Texas horned lizards in managed... Read More
at Friday, September 17, 2021

Remember Olaf, the IVF toad? He's a dad!

Olaf is the world's first Puerta Rican crested toad hatched from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) utilizing frozen semen collected from the wild. and two years later, Olaf is a father! To 5095 tadpoles to be exact. The Zoo will be keeping 10 of these offspring to continue breeding genetically diverse Puerto Rican crested toads for future reintroduction, and the remaining 5,085 (along with an additional 3,759 tadpoles hatched at the Zoo) were released in June at the protected site back... Read More
at Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Sidewalk Repair to Start Aug. 16

Please bear with us while we repair the sidewalk along the Zoo's main path connecting Elephant Springs to MOLA (Museum of Living Art)  beginning Aug. 16. This project is expected to last four weeks and will ensure the consistency of the main path throughout the Zoo. While sidewalk construction will limit access to some parts of the path, it will not limit guests’ ability to view any animal habitats.  Additional signage will ensure guests have no trouble finding their way... Read More
at Saturday, August 28, 2021

August is Asian Elephant Awareness Month!

It’s Asian Elephant Awareness Month, and we’ll take any chance we can get to highlight the endangered species! The Fort Worth Zoo has an Asian elephant herd of seven including a three-generational family, and they were recently treated to a new home here at the Zoo with the opening of Elephant Springs . Keep reading to learn more about the Zoo’s largest residents and the significance of this awareness month.  Fun facts: Elephants regularly swim and play... Read More
at Friday, August 27, 2021

Sugar Rush! Meet the Zoo's two newest giraffe calves

This summer has been a sweet one with three giraffe calves joining the herd. After Lucchese’s birth on May 7, the Fort Worth Zoo announced the births of the two more giraffe calves- meet Snickers and Jelly Bean! Snickers : male Birthday: July 1, 2021 Height at birth: 6 feet Weight at birth: 145 pounds   Jelly Bean : female Birthday: July 11, 2021 Height at birth: 5 feet, 5 inches Weight at birth: 132 pounds   All three of our giraffe calves... Read More
at Thursday, August 19, 2021