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African Savanna is now open!

We're thrilled to introduce the Zoo’s new 10-acre African Savanna , which includes a mixed-species space, giraffe feeding, underwater hippo viewing, multiple yards for southern black rhinos and exotic bird aviaries. Come visit and get closer to animals like never before!  Read More
at Thursday, April 26, 2018

Not one, not two … but 11 Komodo dragons hatch at the Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo celebrates conservation success with hatchings of Komodo dragons For the first time in its 108-year history, the Fort Worth Zoo proudly announces the hatchings of 11 Komodo dragons. Upon hatching, the juveniles were approximately 12 to 15 inches long and weighed less than half a pound each – or about as much as a bar of soap. This reptile is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The female Komodo dragon came to the Zoo in... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Monday, December 11, 2017

Plight of the black rhino

Once one of the most widespread and numerous rhino species in the world, the global black rhino population declined by 97 percent from 1970 to 1992. The critically endangered species’ plight can be largely blamed on two major threats: poaching and habitat alteration. Rhino poaching, which is illegal hunting, occurs largely in an effort to procure rhino horn. It’s estimated that an average of three rhinos are killed each day to feed the demand for the rhino horn on the black... Read More
at Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What’s black and white and cute all over?

Fort Worth Zoo announces birth of Grant’s zebra foal On Aug. 25, the Fort Worth Zoo welcomed a male Grant’s zebra foal to the herd. At birth, the soon-to-be named foal weighed approximately 60 to 70 pounds and stood roughly 30 inches tall.  When fully grown, he will weigh up to 650 to 750 pounds and measure about 48 inches from shoulder to hoof. This is the first foal for mom Roxie and the first zebra birth at the Fort Worth Zoo since 1996. The Fort Worth Zoo houses... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Friday, August 25, 2017

Two giraffe calves join the herd

Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis Habitat: Savannas, grasslands and open woodlands Range: Africa, mostly south of the Sahara Desert On June 8, the Fort Worth Zoo welcomed a male reticulated giraffe to the herd. At birth, the soon-to-be named calf weighed 185 pounds and stood roughly 6 feet tall.  But that's not all! Just eight days later, on June 16, a second reticulated giraffe was born. This unnamed calf weighed-in at 150 pounds and stood at 5 feet, 11... Read More
at Wednesday, June 28, 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