New at the Zoo - September 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