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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

Junior Train Conductor Experience

Become a junior train conductor and ride the rails on the Yellow Rose Express Train at the Fort Worth Zoo. Participants will work alongside the Yellow Rose Express staff collecting tickets and greeting guests, clearing the train to leave the depot and ringing the bell at crossings. Participants will also receive an official certificate, train hat and safety vest and enjoy reserved seating. $40 includes two one-way train rides that begin at the Safari depot for the junior conductor... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Monday, October 6, 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

World of Primates welcomes female mandrill

The World of Primates ’ newest member is a female mandrill ( Mandrillus sphinx ). Most known for its vivid coloring, the mandrill has a red and blue muzzle and a bluish-purple rump (the coloring is more pronounced in males than in females and juveniles). Many animals do not have color vision, but primates are an exception. This particular primate uses its color vision for a special purpose: The mandrill’s bright coloration makes it easier for the monkey to locate other members of... Read More
Posted by Katie Kreder at Tuesday, July 15, 2014