Fort Worth Zoo celebrates 30th anniversary of the “New Zoo in ’92”
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Fort Worth Zoo celebrates 30th anniversary of the “New Zoo in ’92”

The Zoo’s public-private partnership launched a renaissance 30 years ago

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Fort Worth Zoo’s grand re-opening as the “new Zoo in ’92.” Thanks to the groundbreaking public-private partnership between the Fort Worth Zoological Association (FWZA) and the City of Fort Worth established in 1991, the re-opening in the spring of 1992 unveiled new standards for an unparalleled guest experience, naturalistic and enriching habitat design, and innovative education programs. The re-opening sparked a renaissance spanning three decades of historic achievements and significant milestones. Since then, the Zoo has fascinated, entertained and educated 30 million visitors from all walks of life, near and far, and raised more than $300 million.

Join us this fall as we celebrate and salute what has become a world-class institution and leader in conservation, education and animal care. On your next Zoo visit:

  • Discover historical photos and a timeline of significant events and achievements, including new habitat openings, conservation milestones and significant animal births, following the length of the fence along the main path. 
  • Listen to keeper chats about some of our 30-year animal residents at their habitats throughout the Zoo.
  • Explore celebratory callouts of the staff who have contributed to the Zoo’s transformation beginning in 1992 along the main path fence line.

Do you remember the early days? Did you visit as a child and are now bringing your children? We invite you to share your Zoo photos and memories from the last three decades via Instagram – direct message us (@fortworthzoo) or post them using the hashtag #thenewFWZoo. A new microsite dedicated to the “new Zoo since ’92” will feature your photos alongside historical archives of our proudest moments. Take a look here.

And finally, make plans to join us at the “New Zoo Since ’92” block party on Nov. 19. More details to come.