New at the Zoo


There’s always something new and exciting happening at the Fort Worth Zoo! Take a look at what’s going on at the Zoo right now.

Meet our cubs!
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The Fort Worth Zoo’s newest members of the pride were born this spring, on March 29, to parents Abagebe and Jabulani. Weighing only 2 pounds at birth, the two female African lion cubs will grow to weigh up to 275 pounds, while the male cub could weigh more than 400 pounds.

Abagebe and Jabulani were born at a South African wildlife facility and arrived at the Zoo in 2012. The Zoo’s wildlife partnerships are global, and the lions’ unique genetic material makes them a valuable asset in the development of the captive African lion population in the United States.

The little lions spent their first two months bonding with mom in a private den and have since been exploring their outdoor exhibit and new surroundings. On your next visit to the Zoo, stop by and say hi to Siyanda and his two sisters, Lindelani and Thabisa!

Would you like to adopt the cub siblings? Learn more here.


Say hi to the herd!
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Dilly, a reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), was born this January, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 132 pounds at birth. The definition of dilly is “something that is remarkable, outstanding or unusual,” with a beautiful heart-shaped spot on her neck, she is well-described by all three words.

Since Yahoo Travel named the Fort Worth Zoo the Best Zoo in Texas, the two male giraffe calves were given strong Texas names. The giant Zoo babies are named after two of Texas’ music giants, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. At birth, Willie weighed in at 121 pounds and measured 5 feet, 10 inches tall (born April 28). Just a few weeks later, during a wild thunderstorm on May 23, Waylon was born, weighing 187 pounds and standing 6 feet, 1 inch tall – the largest giraffe calf in Fort Worth Zoo history!

The giraffe is the tallest of all living land animals. Its legs alone are often taller than most humans. The average height of a mature adult giraffe ranges from 15 to almost 20 feet, with males being taller than females. The giraffe is an herbivore and feeds mainly by browsing on trees but will also eat a variety of fruit, seed pods and flowers. Thanks to its long neck, the giraffe can reach leaves, flowers and fruit in tall trees that are inaccessible to many other animals. At the Fort Worth Zoo, the giraffe herd feeds on Acacia browse, alfalfa hay, herbivore pellets, apples and carrots. The calves will continue to nurse until they are about 6 months old (or as long as their mothers will allow); solid foods will be introduced at 3 or 4 months of age.

On your next visit to the Zoo, be sure to visit Dilly, Willie, Waylon and the rest of the herd in their exhibit in the African Savannah. These giant babies are just across the path from the Zoo’s other big babies, Belle and Bowie, our Asian elephants.

Would you like to adopt Dilly, Willie or Waylon? Learn more here.


Photo Gallery — Babies

Click here to meet the Zoo’s baby Asian elephants.

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Creature Features are happening daily through Oct. 29. Click here for more details.
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Junior Train Conductor Experience

YRE_Train-Conductor-Experience_607x300Become 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.

  • $60 includes two one-way train rides that begin at the Safari depot for the junior conductor and up to three additional riders. (Zoo admission tickets are not included.)
  • Payment is required when reservation is made at Guest Relations and is nonrefundable. Subject to availability.
  • The junior train conductor must be 5 to 12 years old and accompanied by an adult. No unescorted youth will be allowed.
  • The junior train conductor experience is offered daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., excluding the month of January 2015 and March 7 to 15, 2015. Book your Junior Conductor Experience through the Guest Relations office. Call 817-759-7337 for more details.
  • In the event of inclement weather or a mechanical issue that prevents the train from operating, your Junior Conductor Experience will be rescheduled.

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