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Fun at Summer Zoo Camp!

Watch to see a day in the life of Summer Zoo Campers! Counselors and campers spend a week feeding giraffes, touching stingrays and meeting animals at Base Camp! Not to mention hiking across the Zoo, learning new animal facts, rock climbing and participating in field activities! We hope your kids enjoyed making new friends, growing in confidence, connecting with wildlife and playing outside.   Thanks for joining us this summer. Until next year! Read More
at Thursday, August 5, 2021

First Successful Barton Springs Salamander Hatchlings

This extremely small species is rare to find in zoo collections. The first successful breeding at the Fort Worth Zoo resulted in 30 salamander hatchlings from 2019 and 2020. This species serves as part of a refugia population, meaning it was once a more widespread species that is now only supported in an isolated location. This is often due to climate change, geography or human activities. The Barton Springs salamander has one of the smallest geographical areas of any vertebrate... Read More
at Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's National Zookeeper Week!

We are thankful for the many keepers and staff here at the Zoo who work tirelessly and passionately to provide the upmost animal care and enrichment for the Zoo's 7,000 animals! Here’s what our Zoo campers have to say about the zookeepers!   Check out our Instagram story highlight, “Zoo Crew,” sharing stories from keeper-to-keeper, quotes from our operations staff, engineering and facility maintenance, all to shine a light on the work seen and unseen of the... Read More
at Thursday, July 22, 2021

New Hours

New Operating Hours   As summer continues, the Fort Worth Zoo will be operating an hour earlier! Open everyday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for everyone (July 5 through Aug. 31) – this is an awesome opportunity to make the Zoo a part of your morning summer activities. Please note that this means the keeper chat hours have also changed. This includes early opening to  Stingray Cove . Safari Splash will open at 10 a.m. daily and closes when the Zoo closes (hours may... Read More
at Monday, July 5, 2021

Free COVID-19 Vaccinations

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at Monday, July 5, 2021

Where Are All the Monarch Butterflies?

Pollinator Week: Where Are All the Monarch Butterflies? Characterized with striking black, white and orange markings, the monarch butterfly populates much of North, Central and South America as well as some Pacific Islands, India, Australia and Western Europe. Many Texans may recall the days of seeing monarchs flutter regularly around spring flowers, but those days are harder to come by as the monarch population has declined more than 90% in the past 20 years largely due to habitat... Read More
at Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Keeper Chats and Stage Shows are back!

Chat with a zookeeper, watch an animal show!   Have you ever wondered how much water an elephant can hold in its trunk? Are you curious about what the Zoo’s primates eat or how much a giant Aldabra tortoise weighs? Join the Zoo’s interpretive specialists and zookeepers daily throughout the park for Wild Encounters as they share facts and stats about Zoo animals. Experience, learn and ask your wildest animal questions. To see the daily Keeper Chat... Read More
at Thursday, June 17, 2021

Zoo celebrates the world's first IVF Houston toads

Meet Uri and Viola! The Fort Worth Zoo and partners from Mississippi State University are celebrating the world’s first Houston toads produced via in vitro fertilization (IVF). The first two toads produced using frozen-thawed semen, Uri and Viola, are being reared at the Zoo and their siblings were released in Bastrop County, Texas.  They were named after the two Texas winter storms that the team endured while working on this important research. This is a huge conservation... Read More
at Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A Giraffe Born at the Zoo - and He's Super Cute to Boot!

New boots? No, new giraffe!   The Fort Worth Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of giraffe calf, Lucchese! He was born on May 7, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 174 pounds. Lucchese’s name was chosen through a naming contest and with nearly 8,000 votes, Lucchese beat out Hickory, Jabali (Swahili for “strong as a rock”), Mwezi (Swahili for “moon”), and Thor. Thank you to all who voted! Lucchese is a reticulated giraffe, referring to the... Read More
at Monday, May 10, 2021

She's a Peach!

A new addition to the African Savanna joined recently! Peaches, a lesser kudu calf, was born on May 5 to parents Umbrella and Martini.   The lesser kudu originates from northeastern Africa and is known for the white stripe that runs along its back, accompanied by 11 to 14 stripes on either side. The kudu has large ears that allow for increased hearing capabilities, making Peaches easier to spot within the African Savanna . The lesser kudu is herbivorous, meaning it only... Read More
at Monday, May 10, 2021