Children & Family

Experience Something New at the Dallas Zoo this Fall

Visit more than 2,000 animals at the largest zoological experience in Texas.

Ashley Turner
Posted on Sep 14, 2017

Whether it's your first time to the Dallas Zoo or it's been a while since your last visit, there's so much to see and do on your next trip.  And with several new additions recently added to the Dallas Zoo family, your adventure just got even better. Plus, the zoo is one of six attractions included in the Dallas CityPASS booklet – lucky you!


See the Hippos

Watch Adhama and Biopelo, our new hippos, take a splash in their new home at The Simmons Hippo Outpost. The Outpost opened in April as one of the zoo's first major exhibits since 2010, and is made up of a 2.1-acre habitat, complete with a 24-by 8-foot underwater viewing window for close-up views of the animals. You can see the hippos in the Wilds of Africa exhibit, and don't forget to take your picture in the hippo-themed B&G set before you leave!



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Experience a Day in the Life of a Junior Rancher

The Junior Rancher Adventure lets kids 3 to 8 years old experience the ranch life through a 75-minute interactive adventure. The kiddos will get behind-the-scenes access to the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, with a chance to work alongside the animal keepers and play and care for various animals like miniature longhorns, piglets, chickens and more.


Baby Animals Galore

See the newest member of the giraffe family, Tsavo, who made his public debut in June. The calf was born to beloved (and famous!) giraffe Katie and both can be spotted in the Giants of Savana exhibit.

For the first time ever, the zoo welcomed two Somali wild ass foals in August. Born 10 days apart, these sisters are critically endangered with only 600 left in the world. Be sure to check them out in the Wilds of Africa exhibit, a home they share with emsbok, addax and ostriches.

The zoo also welcomed a lion cub for the first time in 43 years, and Bahati might be the cutest new addition to see. Make sure you see this little guy the next time you're at the zoo!



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Explore the National Geographic Photo Ark

This exhibit features 24 striking images by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore who captures some of the most endangered species on earth. An initiative that was started to document species living in zoos and other protected areas, the photographer beautifully captures the animals on giant canvas prints in the tunnel of the Giants of the Savanna exhibit. Check out the 8-foot tall kiosks, featuring more than 50 of Sarore's iconic photos, on display until October 1.