New at the Zoo - March 2017

Lesser flamingo chicks hatch at the Zoo

Lesser flamingo Phoeniconaias minor Habitat: Lakes and coastal lagoons Range: Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Pakistan The Fort Worth Zoo proudly announces the successful hatchings of 13 lesser flamingo chicks, hatched from January to March of this year. Lesser flamingos are extremely difficult to breed in captivity and reproduce less than any other flamingo species found in U.S. zoos. The Fort Worth Zoo boasts the most successful lesser flamingo breeding program in the world,... Read More
at Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Vote to make our Zoo No. 1!

The Fort Worth Zoo has been nominated for USA Today’s list of 10 Best zoos in the country and we need your help! We’re proud to lead conservation efforts locally, regionally and in more than 30 countries around the world. Gus, the first western lowland gorilla born at the Zoo, is one of many success stories that makes the Fort Worth Zoo a leader in animal conservation and education. Show your support by voting and sharing this post with friends and family. Let’s show the rest... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Swan cygnets join the flock

Black-necked swan cygnets Cygnus melanocorypha Habitat: Swamps, freshwater marshes, lagoons of brackish waters, shallow lakes and sheltered coastal sites Range: Southern South America from Tierra del Fuego and Falkan Islands north to central Chile and Paraguay Two fuzzy black-necked swan cygnets are the latest Zoo babies to join the flock – just in time for spring break! Though the cygnets currently sport light gray feathers, they will eventually develop the distinct black... Read More
at Friday, March 10, 2017

New mandrill in World of Primates

Mandrill Mandrillus sphinx Habitat: Tropical rainforests, mountainous forests and thick bush Range: Western equatorial Africa Next time you visit the World of Primates, be sure to visit the exhibit’s new colorful monkey, J.J. the mandrill. The largest of all the monkey species, the mandrill’s body is built for the ground and the trees above. Its rotating joints allow it to climb trees in search of a resting spot and walk on the ground when scavenging for food. The... Read More
at Thursday, March 9, 2017

Meet Asali

Bonobo Pan paniscus Habitat: Tropical rainforest Range: Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Africa This September, Zoo staff were thrilled to welcome the arrival of the newest bonobo baby, Asali. Born to parents Mchumba and Andy, Asali is the fourth bonobo born at the Fort Worth Zoo, as well as the fourth bonobo born in the state of Texas. The name Asali was chosen by staff as a tribute to the bonobo’s mother. In Swahili, Asali means “honey,” which... Read More
at Thursday, March 9, 2017