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OPENING TOMORROW: WATCH our #hippos explore their habitat for the first time ahead of the grand opening tomorrow (April 28) of our $14 million Simmons Hippo Outpost! You MUST watch the FULL video at YouTube.com/DallasZooTubeWe can't wait for you to meet Adhama and Boipelo -- they're some really cool kids you definitely want to know. We've put together a special celebratory three-day weekend filled with activities and giveaways. More details: bit.ly/HowdyHippos #DallasZooHippos
It's #WorldPenguinDay and we want to introduce you to a *very* special little chick. Meet Tanga!
Tanga hatched mid-February and needed a little bit of extra help to make it into this world. Watch the FULL video at YouTube.com/DallasZooTube! She was malpositioned in the egg and was unable to hatch out on her own. Our #bird keepers and veterinarians stepped in to help Tanga break into this world (literally), and they provided some extra care through antibiotics and treatment to the umbilical area.
Every hatching is ultra-important for the endangered African black-footed #penguin. We're grateful we were able to intervene and help this little chick survive and thrive. And now, two months later, our efforts have paid off! Tanga is happy, healthy and getting ready for her first swim with first-time parents Klondike and Splash.
While you may not be able to assist in an #AfricanPenguin hatching, you can still help them out. Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium @seafoodwatch app and ensure you're only buying sustainably raised or caught seafood. It's a small action that can make a world of difference for penguins and more! #savingspecies#zoosmatter
WE’RE EXPECTING!: Millions of you fell in love with our Katie during the world’s first live-streamed giraffe birth two years ago. (Has it really been that long??) Now we’re happy to share that Katie will be delivering another big bundle of joy next month!
She’s already spending nights in the soft sand of the maternity stall, and in a few weeks she will stop going out into the #giraffe habitat until the birth. Her keepers – who you may remember from the Animal Planet TV special – are monitoring her closely and weighing her weekly. So far, Katie’s gained a whopping 295 pounds, and the calf can be seen moving quite a bit.
This will be Katie and dad Tebogo’s third calf. In addition to our beloved Kipenzi, born during #GiraffeBirthLive, Katie previously delivered another female calf, Jamie, in July 2011.
This time, we’re going to let Katie give birth in privacy, but keep up with her developments, labor and delivery here on Facebook and our other social media channels as her due date of mid- to late May nears!
CUB-DATE: Bahati is more than a month old!
She's now spending all of her time with mom Lina and Aunt Jasiri! Mom is still very protective, but is letting Auntie do some grooming every now and then.
Find our hippo! We're giving away another 500 tickets to the Zoo at NOON at @KlydeWarrenPark. This is REALLY happening -- we leave at 1 p.m. for our next stop!
WE'RE AT THE @dallasfarmersmarket! Our hippo street team is giving away 500 Zoo tickets from 10-11 a.m. -- get here NOW! Just look for this dude & you'll know where to find us. 🤗 #DallasZooHippos
EPIC HIPPO TICKET GIVEAWAY: In honor of Dallas Zoo’s $14 million Simmons Hippo Outpost exhibit opening on APRIL 28, we're throwing a major ticket giveaway event at three iconic Dallas locations TOMORROW, April 22!
IT'S HERE!: Are you ready to see some of the most incredible animal portraits ever taken, including pictures of our residents? The captivating @NatGeo Photo Ark exhibition is now OPEN. For this eye-popping grand opening, we had the privilege of hosting the renowned photographer @JoelSartore; Gary Knell, President and CEO of National Geographic; Dan Ashe, President and CEO of @zoos_aquariums; plus, 35 passionate fifth graders from @momentousinstitute who received an exclusive walking gallery tour with Joel!
WHY THIS MATTERS: For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Half of the world’s plant and animal species are at risk of #extinction. Learn about Joel's mission to photograph as many animal species as possible – before it’s too late: bit.ly/PhotoArk17
Tag your Photo Ark selfies with #SAVETOGETHER and help spread the message of wildlife conservation and the animals who need our help NOW.
OPENING TOMORROW: Come see the jaw-dropping images from @JoelSartore's remarkable worldwide National Geographic Photo Ark project opening tomorrow (April 20) at the Dallas Zoo. We're honored to highlight some of the most endangered species on earth through more than 80 of Joel's captivating images. Be sure to tag your selfies with #SaveTogether and help spread the world about animals at risk of extinction. @natgeo#zoosmatter
We have a special friend named Keira who loves animal videos. And we knew just the critter to send Keira some love: #sloth Lola. Keira's battling a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Will you send her some support in the comments? (To learn more about Keira's journey, visit: www.facebook.com/groups/keirastrong)
We are #TeamFiona! @cincinnatizoo's premature #hippo has made remarkable progress and we've been cheering her on since day one. (It's been mostly the #lemurs.) We are so proud of you, little girl!
#HappyEaster from your Dallas Zoo family! Our residents just schooled us in an Easter egg hunt. And they look super-adorable while doing it, huh? (Those are #ostrich eggs our #cheetahs are investigating!)
MEET CORA, our first-ever baby #tamandua! Born Feb. 25 to mom Chispa and dad MJ, Cora now weighs more than two pounds – and this little girl is a big deal for her troubled species. Tamandua births are extremely rare in human care – they require a specific diet and specialized care. And in the wild, they’re facing major threats due to the exotic pet trade.
Corajosa, or Cora for short, means “courageous” in Portuguese, and this lesser anteater is living up to her moniker. Both mom and baby will remain behind-the-scenes for a bit, but will return as important animal ambassadors. Read why Cora’s birth is a major success for the survival of her unique species. Link's in our bio! #zooborns@zooborns#savingspecies
MARCH MADNESS: We knew we saw a lot of you last month... but we didn't know it was going to be an all-time record! More than 165,000 guests came by last month to love and learn about animals, conservation and our efforts to save species. That's the most visitors EVER in one month in our 129-year history!
We're so proud to be a part of this wonderful community, and we love how much you support our mission, our animals and our staff. Thank you for being a part of this remarkable journey, and we can't wait to see you again soon! : @jqcoyote
SAFARI NIGHTSOur annual summer concert series returns next month for 11 consecutive Saturday nights, May 6 to July 15, with some of the best original artists and tribute bands in North Texas - and it's all Powered by Breeze Energy!
Concerts are included with Zoo admission, so make it an EPIC day and hang out with us after hours for keeper chats, animal encounters and live music on shady Cat Green. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, or reserve a private cabana that includes fans and chairs. Food, soft drinks, cold beer and wine are available for purchase. For the full concert line up, visit DallasZoo.com/SafariNights.
WATCH THEIR ARRIVAL! Our two #hippos are here and we are So. Smitten. See the FULL video at YouTube.com/DallasZooTube Watch incredible footage of male Adhama and female Boipelo arrive at the Dallas Zoo after long treks from Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M. Simmons Hippo Outpost is set to open at the end of the month. Stay tuned for the exact date! (A special thanks to ABQ BioPark for shooting video of Boipelo's departure.)
BIG MOMENT: After careful planning and delicate introductions, baby Ajabu and mama Mlilo are venturing into our biggest habitat now with other herd members. At 700 pounds and nearly 11 months old, Ajabu is soaking up his new surroundings, exploring every crevice and log. Zola has stepped into a natural "auntie" role and keeps a very watchful eye on Ajabu while mom takes "me time" breaks. And Ajabu remains incredibly inquisitive of his new herd mate, Amahle - maybe because she's the one closest to his size (that is at more than 3,000 pounds). Stay tuned as other herd members join the group and work together to care for baby Ajabu. These moments truly take our breath away. WATCH the FULL video at YouTube.com/DallasZooTube #elephant#savingspecies
Cub Bahati is growing like a dandy-🦁! At 18 days old, this sweet girl weighs 5.8 pounds and has already more-than doubled her birth weight. Her itty bitty ears are perked up and eyes wide open absorbing the world around her.
Keepers say she’s eager to explore further and further away from her den, but mom Lina keeps a watchful eye and nudges her back in. #lion#babyanimal
There's a new Giant of the Savanna, the ever-elusive giraelephant. Standing 15 feet tall with a two-foot-long trunk, this beauty is one of the rarest species in the animal kingdom.
EARS FOR DAYS! Meet Bolasie. This sweet #bongo girl was born Feb. 17 to Hidaya. Bolasie is the Zoo’s first bongo birth since 2015 and an important addition to the population of critically #endangered eastern bongos.
The bongo’s visual features, while striking, serve very important purposes. The large ears help listen for predators and the vibrant white stripes and patches help the bongo camouflage into the environment in their native Africa. Bolasie’s perfect pose and smirk is all her doing, though.
This sweet girl is still behind the scenes bonding with mom Hidaya, but come see dad and the rest of the herd on our monorail.
WE'RE GETTING CLOSE!: We've made major headway on the Simmons #Hippo Outpost, set to open late April! (Shout-out to Turner Construction for the awesome drone footage.) The $14 million, 2.1-acre exhibit is bringing hippos back to Dallas for the first time in 16 years! More details on this major project: bit.ly/DZhippos
Not pinecones. Not ice-cream cones. Ossicones! That’s what you call the growths that look like horns or antlers on #giraffes (and male okapi, too). They’re cartilage that slowly turns to bone, so giraffes are born with them soft and flat against their skulls. They harden and grow as the animal ages, and they’re covered in skin and fur, unlike horns. Older male giraffes, in particular, have knobby ones, with the skin worn off in places where they rub them or spar with other males. (If this helps you at your next trivia night, you’re welcome!)
MEET BAHATI! We’re overjoyed to announce the birth of Bahati Moja, a female lion cub born to Lina and Kamau. Bahati Moja means “lucky one” in Swahili, which couldn’t be more appropriate for this fuzzball that was born on St. Patrick’s Day.
Bahati’s name is even more appropriate because she's overcome considerable odds to make it into this world. Her mother had previously delivered stillborn cubs, and this birth was successful due to an intervention by our veterinary team. Follow this miracle cub’s story over the coming months, and watch as our lion keepers help this little one grow up to be just as regal as her parents.
Thanks to the hard work, dedication and persistence of our cat keepers and veterinarians, Bahati is bonding beautifully with Lina, nursing, putting on weight and turning into a feisty little cub. She and Lina will remain behind the scenes for a few months to bond before going out into the lion habitat.
Bahati is the first lion cub born at the Dallas Zoo in more than 40 years! #babyanimal#lion
NEW EXHIBIT OPENING: We have an incredible new exhibition coming next month – and no, it’s not hippos! (Although Simmons Hippo Outpost does indeed open late next month, too. Whew! What a spring!) On Thursday, April 20, the #DallasZoo and National Geographic are opening a one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibition featuring the jaw-dropping images of @JoelSartore's incredible worldwide project.
The “National Geographic Photo Ark” will feature 70 of Sartore's most compelling images and let you come face to face with some of the most #endangered animals on earth.
Mark your calendars now for the opening next month, which is free with paid Zoo admission. We know our photo and animal lovers are going to be amazed! MORE DETAILS at the link in our bio!
SPLISH, SPLASH: Our not-so-little guy, Ajabu, continues to make a big splash here at the Zoo. He loves his mud wallows, whether mom Mlilo is interested or not, and our visitors absolutely love to watch him make a mess like any 10-month-old does!
THEY'RE HERE! Our new Nile #hippos have made it safely to #Dallas. The super-sized "river horses" arrived Tuesday and Wednesday from Albuquerque, N.M., and Los Angeles. Male Adhama (left) and female Boipelo (right) are now sharing the spacious barn and pools in our new $14 million Simmons Hippo Outpost, set to open next month. READ about their incredible treks to Dallas. Direct link's in our bio.
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PENGUIN PLUNGE! New #penguin chicks Opus and Moshi didn’t so much plunge, but side-hopped into their first swim Wednesday morning! After a bit of hesitation, the three-month-old African black-footed penguins hopped into the water and began exploring their new pool.
Parents Tazo and Tulip and older siblings Mario, Adelaar and Marina joined the twosome for a family pool party shortly after. Come see our family of seven and the rest of the flock at the Don Glendenning Penguin Cove just inside the Wilds of Africa!
FIRST SWIM: Back by popular demand, these two bundles of feathery joy are taking their first-ever penguin plunge today! Join us at #Penguin Cove at 10:30 a.m. as our nearly 3-month-old brother-sister pair, Opus and Moshi, dive in for their first swim. Moshi and Opus will be joined shortly after by their 3 siblings and parents for a family dip.
Shout-out to bird keeper Debbie Milligan for capturing this adorable footage of our hungry chicks vocalizing for breakfast!
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