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The Dallas Zoo began in 1888 with just two deer and two mountain lions in City Park. It later moved to Fair Park in 1909 and quickly outgrew its second home, moving to Marsalis Park in 1912, where it stands today. Throughout the past 129 years, numerous upgrades have been made and collections expanded. In 1955, the Dallas Zoological Society was established as a non-profit to support the Zoo. In 2009, a public-private partnership transitioned the Zoo to private management. Today, the Dallas Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, and is thriving with new exhibits such as the Giants of the Savanna, Wonders of the Wild, presented by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In spring 2017, the Simmons Hippo Outpost opened, returning these remarkable “river horses” to the Zoo for the first time in 15 years.

 

Zoo Fast Facts

Giants of the Savanna is the only multi-species zoo exhibit in the United States to mix elephants and other species in the same habitat. It was named a top 10 zoo exhibit by USA Today in 2015.

Giants of the Savanna is the only multi-species zoo exhibit in the United States to mix elephants and other species in the same habitat. It was named a top 10 zoo exhibit by USA Today.

The Zoo set its sixth straight attendance record in the 2015 fiscal year with more than 1 million guests passing through the gates to visit Texas’ largest and oldest zoo.

The Zoo set its seventh straight attendance record in the 2016 fiscal year with more than 1 million guests passing through the gates to visit Texas’ largest and oldest zoo.

The Dallas Zoo is one of the “hottest” Zoo in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, maintaining more than 70 species of venomous reptiles.

The Dallas Zoo is one of the “hottest” Zoo in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, maintaining more than 70 species of venomous reptiles.

The Nature Exchange, a unique swap shop where children earn points for natural items they bring in, at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo was one of the first of its kind in the United States.

The Nature Exchange, a unique swap shop where children earn points for natural items they bring in, at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo was one of the first of its kind in the United States.

The Dallas Zoo was the first Zoo in the southwest and began with two deer and two mountain lions at City Park near downtown Dallas.

The Dallas Zoo was the first Zoo in the southwest and began with two deer and two mountain lions at City Park near downtown Dallas. It moved to its current location in Oak Cliff in 1912.

 


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