Dallas Zoo is Largest Zoo in Texas
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.
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.
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.
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 scary...how 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.
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.
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
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 ZooClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!
Have you ever visited the Dallas zoo? Does it sound like something that you would enjoy doing?
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