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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

Fifth-graders organize animal enrichment drive

Two Lakeview Elementary fifth-graders organize an animal enrichment drive for Philanthropy Week at school       For Philanthropy Week at Lakeview Elementary, two fifth-graders independently researched, organized, promoted and coordinated an animal enrichment drive at their school on behalf of the Zoo. Along with the class teacher, school principal and volunteers, Natalie and Peyton dropped off a truckload of puzzle feeders, grapevine wreaths, parrot toys, raffia... Read More
at Friday, April 30, 2021

Louisiana Pine Snake Release

Fort Worth Zoo releases 23 Louisiana pine snakes - one of the rarest snake species in North America - into the wild     On Earth Day, 50 Louisiana pine snakes were released in to the Kisatchie National Forest – 23 of those released hatched at the Zoo. The Louisiana pine snake is one of the rarest snakes in North America, and the Fort Worth Zoo is one of only four breeding centers for this species. This was the fifth release the Zoo has participated in, and the... Read More
at Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Vote to keep us the #1 zoo in North America

Once again, the Fort Worth Zoo has been nominated as a top zoo in North America! This time, we're nominated in TWO categories for USA Today’s list of 10 Best. We're in the running for Best Zoo and Best Zoo Exhibit ( Museum of Living Art ). WE NEED YOUR HELP to secure the Zoo’s positions in the final Top 10! You can vote once a day, every day, from each device (desktop, laptop, cell phone, tablet, etc.) for each category until May 24 , so help us take the top spots!... Read More

Explore Elephant Springs!

We can't wait for you all to visit the herd up close at the all new  Elephant Springs ! Almost tripling its current size, this space serves as the home to our Asian elephant herd, which includes a three-generation family. The addition of multiple, expanded yards and varied habitats 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... Read More
at Friday, April 16, 2021

Keepers spend the night at the Zoo during storm

Grab your sleeping bag, the warmest coat you can find and your thickest boots - you're spending the night at the Zoo!  One might dare to dream of this reality, but to the knowing zookeeper - it is not the anticipation of fluff, warmth and cuddles. In preparation for what some locals have coined the "Texas Blizzard of 2021", Fort Worth Zoo staff and animal keepers strategized how they would continue routine animal... Read More
at Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Animals in the Snow

Although many animals were warm inside their barns, some ventured out to play in the snow! The Zoo received approximately 3 inches of snow between Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. Not only was this a record amount of snow, but a record forecast, with temperatures dropping into single digits. The snow provided natural enrichment for some animals that foraged for bugs or vegetables that zookeepers placed in the snow.  See the animals interacting with the snow here:  ... Read More
at Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Zoo closed through Sunday, Feb. 21

Update (Feb. 18):  We cannot wait to safely reopen the gates, however it looks like it's going to be a few more days until we can. The Zoo sustained multiple burst pipes around the park and extensive repairs are needed before we can welcome guests back into the Zoo. In anticipation of additional bursts as it warms up, we are shutting off water to certain areas of the park in order to make repairs. We will keep you all updated and look forward to seeing you all soon! Original post:... Read More
at Monday, February 15, 2021

Zoo Closed Feb. 14 - 15

Due to inclement weather conditions, the Zoo will be closed Sunday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb.15. All animals have warm barns to retreat to and the aquatic animals have temperature-controlled water. Keepers will be onsite to provide routine care and feeding.  Stay safe and warm!   If you have questions, please email info@fortworthzoo.org Read More
at Saturday, February 13, 2021

Zoo Preschool Closed Feb. 11

Due to inclement weather conditions, Zoo Preschool is closed today, Thursday Feb. 11. If you have questions, please email education@fortworthzoo.org Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Thursday, February 11, 2021