New at the Zoo - March 2015

Baby elephant update: March 2015

Belle and Bowie have more than tripled in size since their births in 2013. At 1.5 years old, Belle is 1,612 pounds and 60 inches tall. Bowie is 1,300 pounds and 58 inches tall. As the calves continue to grow, Bowie will eventually pass Belle in height and weight. In 2014, Bowie began to show signs of tusk development, with ivory emerging through his gums. The calves will continue with their behavior training in their second year, and are expected to exhibit more independence from their mothers.... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Monday, March 9, 2015

Burmese python arrives at MOLA

At 71 pounds and 13.5 feet long, the Burmese python is the Zoo's newest and biggest snake, recently arriving from Potter Park Zoo in Pennsylvania. The Burmese python is one of the largest snake species in the world. Although it is a nonvenomous species, it is a constrictor, known for tightly looping its body around prey and suffocating it before devouring it head first. You can see the Burmese python on exhibit inside MOLA. Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Monday, March 9, 2015

Meet Dilly, the Zoo's new reticulated giraffe

Dilly, the Zoo's tallest baby, was born in January 2015, standing 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 132 pounds. Her birth marks a third generation of giraffes currently at the Zoo – Kala is mother to Tatu and Corrie, and Corrie is mother to Dilly. Kala is now a grandmother to Dilly and Tatu is Dilly's aunt. Look for the unique heart-shaped marking on Dilly's neck as she explores the African Savannah exhibit. Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Monday, March 9, 2015

Swan cygnets now on exhibit

Check out the fuzziest additions to the Fort Worth Zoo. Two black-necked swan cygnets hatched in February 2015 and can be spotted catching a ride on their parents' backs in Waterfowl Walk . The cygnets' light gray plumage will turn white by the time they are 2 years old and they will develop distinctive black feathers on their necks and a bright red knob on the top of their bills. As the fastest of all swan species, the black-necked swan can fly at speeds of up to 50 mph once fully... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Monday, March 9, 2015

Two kangaroos added to Zoo's mob

Two female red kangaroos joined the Zoo's mob (a group of kangaroos) in the fall of 2014, bringing the total collection to four. The largest of all kangaroos, the red kangaroo can stand as much as 6 feet tall and has the ability to leap 30 feet or more when moving at increased speeds. Nina and Claire moved to the Fort Worth Zoo from the Dallas Zoo in October 2014 and can be seen exploring their exhibit in Australian Outback . Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Monday, March 9, 2015