New at the Zoo - September 2014

Zoo's Panamanian golden frog population grows

Another Panamanian golden frog ( Atelopus zeteki ) joins the Zoo’s existing group of Panamanian golden frogs, bringing the total collection to 14. This is particularly special because the species is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is nearly extinct in the wild. This bright yellow frog is endemic to Panama, meaning it is only found in Panama in certain tropical mountain forests. The most serious threat to this species is a... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Epaulette shark now on exhibit

During the summer of 2014, the Fort Worth Zoo welcomed a 5-year-old male epaulette shark ( Hemiscyllium ocellatum ) that joins a female currently on exhibit. Native to Australia and New Guinea, this species can be found in shallow waters where they use their slender physique to squeeze through reef crevices on their nightly prowls for prey. We all know that sharks can swim, but have you seen a shark walk? A unique feature that separates it from other shark species, the epaulette shark has a... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Toco toucan joins Zoo's collection

A second Toco toucan ( Ramphastos toco ) is now residing in the stone bird house, which sits just beneath Raptor Canyon , at the Zoo. Found in several South American countries, the Toco toucan is the largest member of the toucan family. Its bright coloration helps the bird camouflage into the fauna within its habitat. Though the Toco toucan appears to have blue eyes, its black eyes are actually encircled by a thin layer of blue skin. Its prominent beak is almost 8 inches long and used... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet Gracie, the Zoo's new gorilla

Gracie is the newest gorilla at the Zoo, arriving in August. Zoo staff hopes that Gracie’s arrival will bring about a successful gorilla breeding, a potential first in Fort Worth Zoo’s history. Although Gracie has never been a mother, she had extensive interaction with a baby gorilla in her former troop at the Oklahoma City Zoo and is believed to have mothering potential. Gracie is also a twin – a rare occurrence in gorilla births. Gracie can be found exploring her new exhibit... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Monday, September 15, 2014