Hidden from guests' eyes, there's a building that the public never sees, but feels its presence. The $3.75 million A. H. Meadows Animal Health Care Facility opened in 1999 as a premier healthcare provider for the Dallas Zoo's 2,000+ animals.
The 15,440-square-foot facility with a staff of 12 treats everything from frogs the size of your thumbnail to 10,000-pound African elephants. It has separate rooms for surgery, recovery, intensive care, treatment, radiology, pharmacy, quarantine and clinical pathology.
You won't always find the Zoo vets in the confines of the hospital, though. Vets and techs often pack up their tools and venture into the zoo to draw blood, administer medicine, monitor ailments and perform ultrasounds.
Now is an excellent time to visit the Dallas Zoo and take advantage of discounted admission during Penguin Days. Through Feb. 28, guests ages 3 and up can see Dallas' wildest residents for $7 per person, and learn about their healthcare during daily keeper chats and animal encounters.