Our keepers and nutrition staff do an amazing job keeping our animals cool and enriched during this Texas heat with delicious ice treats! #catsofinstagram#babylion
TIME: We're welcoming two #endangered Burmese brown tortoises -- a first-ever for the Dallas Zoo, and we have more eggs incubating! In the past year, only 7 of these tortoises have hatched in U.S. AZA-accredited zoos. The Burmese brown #tortoise is the largest tortoise in mainland Asia, they can grow up to 100 pounds in human care. Sadly, pressures like the illegal pet trade and loss of habitat threaten most reptile species in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Stay tuned for more exciting hatching announcements to come from our #reptile team this season! #burmesebrowntortoise
Because yesterday's photos just weren't enough -- you MUST end your Friday with more #hippos eating ice treats! (Boipelo is still recovering from all that birthday celebrating...)
Penguin Sid can’t keep a secret! She wanted to shine some light on big news coming about a special experience planned this holiday season. Stay tuned for our official announcement with all the details on what's going to make the Zoo the brightest it has ever been! (The Zoo said very, very cryptically.)
HIPPO BIRTHDAY! A very special new gal celebrated her 11th birthday today (with her guy, of course), and the photos are epic. For your #hippo viewing pleasure, here are Boipelo and Adhama featuring fruity ice treats!
This smile warms our hearts. Before their deployment to Germany, 4-year-old Arianna and her family were Dallas Zoo members. A fan of giraffes, Arianna fell in love with a stuffed one from our gift shop – but it was falling apart. Her father reached out, desperate to purchase another stuffed giraffe, but we no longer had the color he was looking for. Our retail partner, Service Systems Associates, was convinced Arianna would fall in love, again, with these. And this photo is proof of that. As a courtesy, SSA shipped the giraffes off to Germany where this little girl can continue to have a piece of her Dallas Zoo with her overseas.
EPISODE 5!: We're continuing our INSIDE THE ZOO video series that kicked off as part of our #NationalZookeeperWeek celebration in July, featuring ongoing introductions to some of our incredibly dedicated Dallas Zoo keepers.
WATCH our 5th episode with assistant supervisor of carnivores Sara Squires (HINT: includes cute footage of #lion cub Bahati!) Direct link's in our bio! (Throwback: Sara started her career working with birds at the Denver Zoo. After gaining a few years of zookeeping experience, she landed her dream job with big cats at the Dallas Zoo. This is one crazy cat lady you want to meet!) Keep an eye out the next two and final Mondays for new INSIDE THE ZOO episodes.
There are often extraordinary moments that happen behind-the-scenes at the Dallas Zoo that go unnoticed because for our selfless staff, it's just another day at the office.
But we'd like to give a special shout-out to our water maintenance team who recently worked 21 hours straight to make sure our penguins and other animals had water in their pools after a water main leak caused an extensive emergency repair. That night, Rodrigo, Ruben, Nauzarres, and Chase (not pictured) didn't go home to their families. Instead, they were saw-cutting a concrete walkway and digging into the ground with an excavator, working until 6:30 a.m. the next morning so our animals had water when they woke up.
These are the kind of staffers who make the Dallas Zoo so special, quietly behind-the-scenes, they're keeping our little city alive. Bravo, gentlemen!
Nothing is more fitting than sharing 15-month-old Ajabu's FIRST swim in the "big kid" pool on #WorldElephantDay. WOOHOO -- finally! Rescuing this baby, mama Mlilo, Zola, Tendaji, Nolwazi and Amahle from drought-stricken Swaziland, Africa last year was one of the best things we could have done. Seeing these #elephants grow, bond with our Golden Girls, SWIM, mud wallow, and just be elephants, brings us joy to no end.
This World Elephant Day goes out to our amazing, resilient Swaziland elephants and our Golden Girls who have made Dallas feel like home. Here's to many more swims. #conservation#savingspecies#endextinction
Check out our sweet little asses (we can't help it) in their habitat! We're still swooning over the birth of Dallas Zoo's first-ever critically #endangered Somali wild ass babies.
#WorldLionDay love goes out to baby Bahati. We waited 43 long years to welcome another #lion cub to the Dallas Zoo, and she's everything we could have ever dreamed of. She also makes eating ice treats look like the best job EVER. #catsofinstagram
We're taking you behind-the-scenes this #WildWed into Dallas Zoo's #gorilla building where we're working hard to understand and improve heart health in great apes through #cardiovascular training. WATCH the FULL video at YouTube.com/DallasZooTubeJoining the Great Ape Heart Project, we've teamed up with #AZA-accredited zoos to investigate new ways to detect potential markers of heart disease in these amazing animals. See how they play a part in their own health care with voluntary positive reinforcement training – it’s impressive!
Learn more about this journey to advance cardiovascular health in #greatapes: greatapeheartproject.org
A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: Born at the Dallas Zoo 27 years ago today, Kwanini is the second-oldest #okapi living in North America! This birthday girl has mothered 7 calves, including Ikenge, a son (pictured right) who still lives here. There's no doubt she's contributed greatly to her critically #endangered species.
Supervisor Megan Lumpkin says Kwanini gives her a sense of calm whenever she's near her. And although she may be shy around other adult herd members, this lady loves getting groomed by her keepers (and occasionally grooms them with her rough tongue!). She also loves interacting with calves, always acting as a caring, maternal figure.
We are so grateful to know and care for this loving gal every single day. Please wish Kwanini a happy 27th birthday!
INSIDE THE ZOO Ep. 4: We're continuing the #NationalZookeeperWeek celebration by introducing you to some incredibly dedicated Dallas Zoo keepers. Each Monday for the next three weeks, we're taking you INSIDE THE ZOO to meet our keepers and the animals they care for.
WATCH our 4th episode featuring assistant supervisor of wildlife shows Tonja Thurman. Direct link's in our bio!
(Throwback: Tonja's love for zoos started as a kid; growing up she practically lived at the Little Rock Zoo. Now, she's one of Dallas Zoo's most recognized faces.)
Subscribe to our YouTube channel (DallasZooTube) to get notified each time we post a new episode or video!
This is how happy "browse" makes us.
If you have fallen/cut tree branches (of approved species) in your Dallas-area neighborhood, we want them! Learn about our browse program and how you can help our #elephants and other browse-eating animals!: www.dallaszoo.com/make-a-donation/browse
Even birds of a different feather flock together. Stop by the barnyard in our Lacerte Family Children's Zoo to see new animal introductions! The kunekune #piglets are now hanging with the #sheep and goats. On other days, the chickens are in the mix. It's enriching for the animals to meet other species and keeps life interesting! : keeper Stephanie Evola
BIG BABY NEWS: For the first time in Dallas Zoo's history, we're caring for two very rare Somali wild ass foals. Half-sisters Kalila and Naima were born just 10 days apart. With only 600 Somali wild asses remaining in #Africa, these little girls are welcomed news for their critically #endangered species. READ about this beautiful #equid species and the serious threats they face in the wild: ZooHoo.DallasZoo.com
Catch these babies off the Adventure Safari monorail! (Shout-out to keeper Laura Frazier for catching this playful moment behind-the-scenes with the foals and moms Liberty and Hani.) #somaliwildass#savingspecies#endextinction
INSIDE THE ZOO Ep. 3: We're continuing the #NationalZookeeperWeek celebration by introducing you to some incredibly dedicated Dallas Zoo keepers. Each Monday for the next four weeks, we're taking you INSIDE THE ZOO to meet our keepers and the animals they care for.
WATCH our third episode featuring assistant #bird supervisor Nathan Compton. Direct link's in our bio! (Throwback: Nathan's love for birds has never wavered. He got his start in college volunteering at a wildlife rehab center working with birds of prey.) *Subscribe to our YouTube channel (DallasZooTube) to get notified each time we post a new episode or video!
HORNED LIZARD BABIES!: These tiny #Texas icons are melting our hearts. We're sure many of you remember growing up with Texas horned #lizards in your backyards. But now, they're sadly disappearing throughout the state -- and have already vanished in East and Central Texas.
We're welcoming six babies this season. Each new hatch is a major deal for this #threatened species and our state reptile. At hatch, they weigh less than a dime, and each individual has a belly spot that is as unique as our fingerprints.
And while we care for these babies here, our #reptile team is working their 7th season on a preserve in West Texas, learning as much as possible about the #hornedlizard's life history, so we can save this Texas icon. (Stay tuned for an update to come on this year's successful tagging season.) #lizardsofinstagram
#GlobalTigerDay: It's sadly believed that there are more pet tigers living in Texas than there are in the wild. Let that sink in. There are many factors causing the decline of the largest living cat species. Habitat loss, poaching, prey depletion, and tiger-human conflict have dropped Asia's #tiger numbers to fewer than 3,500 today.
Dallas Zoo's five #Sumatrantigers are among the smallest and most endangered tiger subspecies, with fewer than 400 left in the wild. On this special day, please consider donating directly to the Tiger Conservation Campaign through AZA's Tiger Species Survival Plan to help accredited zoos save these majestic animals: www.tigercampaign.org
NEW GIRLS! Meet our two beautiful new female Hartmann's mountain zebras -- 1-year-old Zuri, and 2-year-old Keeya. Rockin' serious mohawks, these girls are now making unscheduled appearances in the giraffe habitat. They'll eventually mix with our other species, including the greater kudu, lechwe, giraffes, guineafowl and ostriches.
Our infamous #zebra trio, Earl, Vern and Stewart, are now living the bachelor life at Cincinnati Zoo, where they have a habitat of their own.
We're now shifting our focus to work with the vulnerable #Hartmann's mountain zebra. In time, Zuri and Keeya will meet our male Hartmann's zebra Saba, in hopes that they'll eventually start a family and help increase this species' numbers.
#TBT to last fall when Tebogo was part of a beautiful proposal at the #giraffe feeding platform. Although he didn't officiate the wedding, he still thinks he's responsible for these two lovebirds tying the knot! Congratulations to Jordan and Abbie Norkett. Thank you for including us (really, limelight-loving Tebogo) in your special moment.
Interested in having a wedding at the Dallas Zoo? TAG a friend getting married! And visit our wedding section at DallasZoo.com.
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INSIDE THE ZOO Ep. 2: We're continuing the #NationalZookeeperWeek celebration by introducing you to some incredibly dedicated Dallas Zoo keepers. Each Monday for the next five weeks, we're taking you INSIDE THE ZOO to meet our keepers and the animals they care for.
WATCH the second episode featuring Lacerte Family Children's Zoo educator and keeper Vicki Cheatwood. Direct link's in our bio! (Throwback: This selfie of Vicki and #pony Scout in her early Zoo days has a lot of meaning behind it. Hear Vicki's story about how Scout helped her heal.) *Subscribe to our YouTube channel (DallasZooTube) to get notified each time we post a new episode or video!
Sundays are for Tsavo. Come see this 7 week old, 266-pound baby in the #giraffe feeding yard with mom Katie. This leggy boy's already gained 116 pounds! : @chandra.brooks.photography
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INSIDE THE FLOCK: We're proudly welcoming four fluffy #Caribbeanflamingo chicks this season, including one special Dollar Day baby whose mom also hatched on Dollar Day in 2011! Bird keeper Marnie Bacon shares the inside scoop on how much hard work keepers put into ensuring our #flamingo flock succeeds: ZooHoo.DallasZoo.com. #birdsofinstagram
ONE MILLION VISITORS: For the third straight year, we've welcomed 1 million smiling faces. Yesterday's Dollar Day crowds pushed attendance over the 1 million mark, making this the earliest point we've reached the milestone in a fiscal year - YEAH!
YOU push us to work harder, dream bigger and create a better world for animals every day. And we'll never stop. Be proud of the major hand you've had in what your Dallas Zoo has become. We get bigger and better each year because of you. (More details on our milestone at ZooHoo.DallasZoo.com)