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Dallas Zoo is Largest Zoo in Texas

Updated on September 5, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Giraffes, Zebras, Impala, and Elephants in Dallas Zoo Giants of the Savanna exhibit
Giraffes, Zebras, Impala, and Elephants in Dallas Zoo Giants of the Savanna exhibit | Source

Dallas, Texas Zoo

Located in Dallas, Texas is not only the largest Texas zoo but also the oldest. This zoo had it origins dating back to 1888 and like so many others has been expanded through the years to well over 100 acres.

It has also been improved upon and has some terrific exhibits which will keep entire families from young to old entertained and happy.

Dallas Zoo Zebras
Dallas Zoo Zebras | Source

Giants of the Savanna Habitat

Can't travel to the African Savannah? No problem!

Come to Dallas and see this fabulous exhibit called Giants of the Savanna Habitat where large animals coexist in a large space just like they would naturally in Africa.

See zebras, lions, elephants and many more animals living together in this exhibit.

Dallas Zoo Monorail Tour

There is a 20 minute monorail ride that can transport one through some of the different habitat areas.

This gives one a birds eye view of many of the different areas in the zoo and for people who have little time or who cannot do that much walking, this is a perfect way to view some of the sites within the Dallas Zoo confines.

It is a narrated trip so one can learn a bit about the different animals within view.

Dallas Zoo Monorail
Dallas Zoo Monorail | Source

Riding a Camel

Have you dreamed of riding a camel in Egypt or elsewhere?

You need not go abroad to experience this. It can be accomplished right at the Dallas zoo.

Dromedary Have you ever ridden a camel?
Dromedary Have you ever ridden a camel? | Source

And if a camel is too intimidating perhaps your children would like to ride a pony? That can also be done at the Dallas Zoo.

If riding live animals are too about riding a carousel on top of hand crafted endangered species?

The Dallas Zoo welcomes Cheetah Cubs

Endangered Species Survival

This zoo truly endeavors to help endangered species survive.

In the video above you can see some adorable cheetah cubs at the Dallas zoo. They are one of the endangered species from Africa.

When grown they can run amazingly fast up to 70 miles per hour! Since this video was posted in September of 2013, these little cubs should now be fully grown and it would have been fun watching them grow into adult cheetahs.

Dallas Zoo Lesser Flamingos
Dallas Zoo Lesser Flamingos | Source

Feeding Animals at the Dallas Zoo

There is a children's zoo where the kiddos can pet and interact with some of the animals. A water feature called The Stream will allow your kids to walk through what appears to be a natural setting and they can get wet and cool off.

If you wish to feed birds or giraffes special food is provided and you can experience doing that at the Dallas zoo.

Award Winning Dallas Zoo

Many hundreds of species of animals are represented with total numbers of animals ranging around 2,000. Like many zoos there are numerous educational events and the zoo focus is on wildlife conservation.

Gorillas In Habitat at Dallas Zoo
Gorillas In Habitat at Dallas Zoo | Source

For more information about this award winning zoo be sure and check out their website. Plan to spend a day there! There are shops and food available.

Be sure and dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes.

This baby giraffe was born on October 26, 2014 at the Dallas Zoo.

Zoo animals for kids

Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Animal Friends
Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Animal Friends

Your children can learn about zoo animals when playing with these cute ones. They can be educational as well as fun toys.

Dallas Zoo Lions
Dallas Zoo Lions | Source

Good Zoo Management

Most zoos have changed over the years and no longer keep animals in small cages. The good ones try to emulate an animals natural setting as far as possible and give them more areas in which to roam.

This not only makes for a happier animal but a healthier one as well. Ultimately they are more likely to successfully breed and have offspring. This becomes even more important when animals in the wild are being decimated in numbers either because of poaching, loss of habitat or other causes.

Other images taken at the Dallas Zoo

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LionTigerReptileCommon WarthogRing Tailed LemurKlipspringerRed-flanked DuikerGorillaFairy bluebird Elephant-Giants of the Savanna
Lion | Source
Tiger | Source
Reptile | Source
Common Warthog
Common Warthog | Source
Ring Tailed Lemur
Ring Tailed Lemur | Source
Klipspringer | Source
Red-flanked Duiker
Red-flanked Duiker | Source
Gorilla | Source
Fairy bluebird
Fairy bluebird | Source
Elephant-Giants of the Savanna
Elephant-Giants of the Savanna | Source

If you get a chance to visit the Dallas Zoo I am sure you will enjoy your visit.

Please let me know which is your favorite zoo to visit in the comment section below. Thanks!

Dallas Zoo

Have you ever visited the Dallas zoo? Does it sound like something that you would enjoy doing?

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dale,

      In the old days when the animals had small cages, I would agree that it was no quality of life for them. The newer modern zoos give the animals much more space in which to roam. In many cases, some animal's survival depends upon the successful breeding programs in zoos. At our Houston zoo, admission prices not only support the animals that are in the zoo, but also the same types of animals in the wild.

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      Dale Anderson 

      13 days ago from The High Seas

      Ive got mixed feelings about zoos. I like to see the animals but I hate the idea of them being caged up. Funny thing is that the critters are probably happy as hell relaxing in the zoo and I am worrying about nothing at all.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Aurelio, I guess I did a good job of describing the Dallas Zoo if it makes you desire to visit it. (Smile)

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      5 months ago from Orange County, CA

      I am loving all the pictures and videos here. Makes it seem like a first-class travel article. And of course, it also makes me want to visit the zoo.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      I agree. It is terrible to see wild animals caged in small spaces. Zoos have come a long way from earlier times when small enclosures were the norm. Our Houston zoo is a beauty and part of the proceeds from admission fees also goes to support animals in the wild which is great. Glad you enjoyed the monorail tour.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      12 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      It is always good to see uncaged/unchained animals enjoying living in habitats as close to their natural environment as possible while at the same time allowing us to enjoy view and in some cases interact with them.

      The monorail tour was fantastic.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I agree that zoos of the past were quite sad for the animals with regard to the room that they had in which to roam. Most of them have made radical changes through the years. It can be a nice days outing now to visit ones like the one in Dallas. Ours here in Houston is also a great place to visit.

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      Patricia Scott 

      15 months ago from sunny Florida

      Is it as wonderful as it sounds? I am not really big on zoos because I ran across a few in my past that made me sad. Now on the other hand I have been to a few that made me feel and see the animals were well cared for and treated well. Thank you for sharing Peggy. Angels are on the

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      That's true.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      Baby animals are always a draw at zoos especially the larger animals.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      I'm glad to see this area isn't the only place that goes crazy about baby animals. Every spring here a major story is the pandas. Is the female pregnant or not?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      If the last time you visited the Dallas Zoo was in the early 80s, you can be sure that many changes have taken place since that time. The same is true here in Houston. Most major zoos continually update environs for the animals which is good. Here in Houston we have a new baby Asian elephant! Everyone is excited about it! They have shown images of it on television.

      It has been quite some time since I have been to any zoo. I'll have to remedy that soon!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Has the Dallas Zoo undergone a major expansion fairly recently? I went to Dallas on a day trip and made a quick stop at the zoo in the early '80s. I have a picture of the clock on the ground with the flowers.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      Like you I enjoy seeing wild animals with plenty of space and as near their natural settings as possible.

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      They have created nice areas for the animals, its great to see a zoo that really cares for the residents. The biggest zoo I have visited was in Iowa and I enjoyed it very much. Great hub, Peggy, I can feel you loving spirit!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      I think that you would really enjoy a visit to the Dallas zoo should you ever travel this direction. Sometime I will have to write about our own Houston zoo.

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      3 years ago from Indonesia

      I love visiting the zoo and Dallas Zoo looks excellent with its animal collections. It will be a special experience if I can visit it and take pictures of those animals.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Frank,

      Hope your visiting the Dallas Zoo comes true some day so that you can scratch it off of your bucket list. Glad you liked this!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      The photos are amazing.. never been there but would love to put it on my bucket list thank you for sharing this wonderful hub bless you Peggy W

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      H shanmarie,

      As you indicated when the wild animals are given more space in which to roam obviously this impacts how people can view them. Good thing they have that monorail for people who are unable to do lots of walking. What a great place to take a class on a field trip! Nice that you got to accompany your son on that outing.

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 years ago from Texas

      I think it's the layout in general that makes it harder to navigate. Or maybe it's just a preference thing. At any rate, now that I think about it, there's only so many ways organization of the animals can be adjusted as the place grows and changes. It's still an excellent zoo. I went last year with my son on a field trip he took with his class.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shanmarie,

      Thanks for telling us your opinion of the Fort Worth zoo in comparison to the Dallas zoo. Perhaps the size makes it easier to navigate? Speaking of zoos...I want to go back and visit ours in Houston again sometime soon. It has been a while...

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 years ago from Texas

      It is a nice zoo to visit, although I think the Fort Worth Zoo is easier to navigate through.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jackie,

      Glad you got to see the zoo in your area and had fun. I also recommend zoo visits to everyone. So much to do, see and learn.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is great Peggy. I would love to go see all this! Never been to Texas though and probably won't be. My son took me though to the big zoo not far from me with most of this and although it wore me too a frazzle I don't think I ever had a better time! I recommend it to everyone!



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