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Due to the expected severe weather in the area, Zoo officials have decided to cancel Beastro. The safety of our guests, participants and staff is of the utmost priority. We were prepared to host the party rain or shine, as were our restaurants and entertainers; however, there is a high risk of heavy storms, lightning, hail and high winds, which poses a safety threat. We’re disappointed to have to cancel and know you all are too, but we appreciate your understanding. Thank you for supporting your Fort Worth Zoo. The restaurants participate in Beastro gratis. Please consider visiting one of the 46 amazing restaurants soon. www.fortworthzoo.org/beastro
You might need to incorporate rain boots or a poncho into your attire for the evening. Here are some other helpful hints to make your Beastro experience a wild time. We know you are all concerned about the weather. Beastro is rain or shine. However, in the event of severe weather, we will notify participants of cancellation on the Beastro webpage and on our social media channels. We are closely watching the weather and are consulting with local weather experts about this evening’s forecast. We will make a determination at 3 p.m. as to whether the party will go on.
We put our heads together and we still couldn't come up with a catchy caption... can we be forgibbon? Caption this photo! Did you know? When they are not foraging for food, gibbons groom one another and play. This is a way for individual gibbons to form bonds. Thanks to @jessicapramanik for capturing this Zoo moment. Don’t forget to share your fun photos by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Know a high-schooler looking for a wild time this summer? We still have a few spots open for our Zoo Careers Camp. Students in ninth through 12th grade can choose between Animal Behavior or Animal Nutrition Camp. These three-day overnight camps offer hands-on experience and a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to care for animals in the Zoo. Find more information and sign up your camper today at www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-careers-camp---high-school
This Mother’s Day, our pachyderm mamas (and calves) were greeted with a bouquet of flowers! This enrichment treat was made up of paper flowers with oranges, watermelon and hay spread around the habitat. Enrichment activities like this one allow the animals to display behaviors like foraging and playing, and it also adds a new complexity to the exhibit.
Did you know? The gestation of an elephant is 22 months! 22 months! And the average elephant calf is born weighing approximately 300 pounds. Nearly four years ago, mother-daughter duo Rasha and Bluebonnet gave birth to Bluebelle “Belle” and Bowie, respectively. Bowie’s birth marked the start of something special here at the Fort Worth Zoo, a three-generation herd. Happy Mother’s Day to Rasha, Bluebonnet and all of you!
This Mother’s Day weekend, share a hug with those you love. We hope your weekend is filled with special moments and sweet memories. Share this Mother’s Day card featuring Gracie and Gus with someone special.
You may know that many birds migrate thousands of miles each spring and fall in search of milder climates. But have you ever wondered where exactly they go and how they find their way there? Visit the Zoo for International Migratory Bird Day this Saturday, May 13, for a chance to learn about the amazing journey undertaken by birds every year and how you can help make their travel a little easier. Keepers will be in Texas Wild! taking questions and sharing information about how you and your family can make your own special “stopover site” for migrating birds.
This game of hide and seek could last a while. Can you spot the Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko? Not only is this gecko a pro at camouflage, it also has an escape plan if it gets caught by a predator. If captured, the gecko’s tail will break off (and grow back later), giving it a chance to escape. Thanks to @craftyzookeeper for this great shot! Don’t forget to share your Zoo moments with us by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Coming to Beastro? Guests will enjoy appetizers, entrees and desserts from a record number of participating restaurants. Check out the list of participating restaurants and get ready to chow down with some long necks! Tag your party animals.
Don’t wing it this Mother’s Day! You still have one week left to surprise your mom with a Mother’s Day flamingo adoption package. This special adoption includes one plush animal, personalized adoption certificate, animal fact sheet and animal carrier box. Plus, your gift will help with the care and feeding of our animals for one year. Flock to it: www.fortworthzoo.org/mothers-day-adoption.
Although it may look like he’s smiling, Salty, the Zoo’s saltwater crocodile, stays cool by leaving his mouth wide open while he basks in the sun. This is a crocodilian cooling mechanism, as the species does not have sweat glands. Similar to a dog panting, this allows air to circulate and helps him to cool off. Who says you can’t smile at a crocodile?
Thanks to @theamyfrank for sharing this great photo of Salty. Share your Zoo photos by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Say hello to the Zoo’s newest tiger! Bundar, a four-year-old Malayan tiger, has joined the Zoo as part of a cooperative breeding program with other accredited zoos around the country. Bundar gets his name from the Indonesian word for “round” – a reference to his round face. Today is his first day in the new exhibit, and he is already busy exploring. He will have access to his indoor and outdoor exhibits for the next several days while he gets used to his new surroundings. Eventually, he will join our female tiger, Api, and they will reside in the yard together.
Slither over to the Zoo this weekend for Salamander Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Stop by the MOLA Discovery Hub to learn about these amazing amphibians, some of which are endangered, see a variety of salamander species up close and personal, talk to a zookeeper about all things amphibian, see newt eggs at various stages of development, and much more! There will also be a special salamander scavenger hunt taking place throughout the day – and completed hunts can be redeemed for 50 points at Texas Nature Traders (not a member of TNT? Learn more here: https://www.fortworthzoo.org/texasnaturetraders).
Who's ready for some fun in the sun? Starting tomorrow, Safari Splash is open every day during normal Zoo hours! Soak up the fun in the 14,000 square-foot splash area for $5 with Zoo admission (Zoo members pay $4). Thanks to @chandra.brooks.photography for capturing this great shot of Bowie doing some splashing of his own.
Did you know? The swift fox is the smallest wild dog on the North American continent – it’s roughly the same size as a large house cat. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in speed; the swift fox has been clocked at speeds of up to 37 mph.
The baby bird boom continues with the hatching of a saddle-billed stork chick! This is the Zoo’s first hatching for this species since 2007, as these birds are difficult to breed. We are thrilled to welcome the newest hatchling, but it did leave us wondering… if storks deliver human babies, who delivers baby storks? 🤔
Do you know a high schooler looking for a unique summer service opportunity? Are they interested in helping out with our flock of Summer Zoo campers? Your high schooler could be a perfect Zoo Volunteen! Summer Volunteens spend one week during the summer assisting staff in our Summer Zoo Camps, allowing them to earn community service hours while gaining hands-on experience. To learn more visit www.fortworthzoo.org/volunteer.
Get ready to strut your stuff. Join us today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J. Crew in University Park Village. Guests of the Zoo will enjoy an exclusive 20% off purchases $125 or more, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Zoo’s Wilder Vision campaign. To learn more about how you can be a part of A Wilder Vision for the Fort Worth Zoo, visit www.fortworthzoo.org/get-wild. Thanks to @dsamis300 for capturing this great photo of the Zoo’s black crowned crane.
Like father like son. Hard as it is to believe, little Gus, who currently weighs in at 20 pounds, will grow to be as big as his father Elmo, who weighs a healthy 410 pounds.
UPDATE: 2017 Beastro is SOLD OUT! @Looking to grab a bite? You otter buy your Beastro tickets! Beastro, the Zoo’s premier music and tasting event, is less than a month away and only a few tickets remain. Beastro features the finest area restaurants stationed throughout the Zoo, serving sample appetizers, entrees and desserts. In addition to the delectable cuisine, the event features open bars throughout the park and live music entertainment. Even better, the event supports the Zoo’s local and global conservation and education efforts. Have a good time for a good cause! Get your tickets at www.fortworthzoo.org/beastro.
Did you know? The scarlet macaw’s eye-catching red, green, blue and yellow feathers are both fashionable and functional – the varying hues allow the bird to blend in among the rainforest’s green canopies, red and yellow fruits and blue shadows. This Earth Day, grab some eye-catching styles of your own and look fly while giving back. Join us this Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J. Crew in University Park Village. Guests of the Zoo will enjoy an exclusive 20% off purchases $125 or more, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the Zoo’s Wilder Vision campaign. To learn more about how you can be a part of A Wilder Vision for the Fort Worth Zoo, visit www.fortworthzoo.org/get-wild.
Happy Easter! There’s a new chick in town as the Zoo celebrates the first hatching of a palm nut vulture in Fort Worth Zoo history. Currently, the chick weighs approximately .6 pounds and has hints of yellow on its face. By the time it’s an adult, the palm nut vulture will weigh 3 pounds and have red facial skin, the bird's most notable feature. Catch a glimpse of the palm nut vulture along the main path just past the Australian Outback.
Looking to learn the basics of wildlife photography? We'll help you take your best shot! Professional and amateur photographers alike can register for a Fort Worth Zoo Photo Safari session. Each session provides participants the opportunity to capture Zoo animals exhibiting natural behaviors. Find more information and a link to register at www.fortworthzoo.org/photo-safari.
You’re not the only one hunting for Easter eggs this weekend! This morning, the Zoo’s elephants were treated to egg-shaped enrichment items, as well as watermelons and oranges. Egg-cellent!
Calling all party animals! Beastro may be over one month away, but tickets are going fast. Join us on Friday, May 19, for the Fort Worth Zoo’s annual music and tasting event that supports the Zoo’s local and international wildlife conservation and education efforts. Beastro features the finest area restaurants stationed throughout the Zoo, serving sample appetizers, entrees and desserts. In addition to the delectable cuisine, the event features open bars throughout the park and live music entertainment. Several animal exhibits remain open until sunset. Don’t delay, get your tickets today at www.fortworthzoo.org/beastro.
Don’t let April showers keep you from enjoying the Zoo! The Museum of Living Art (MOLA) is home to more than 5,000 animals and is a perfect place to escape the rain. Thanks to @dsamis300 for capturing this shot of the Mexican Alligator Lizard found in MOLA. Did you know? The Fort Worth Zoo hatched 14 Mexican arboreal alligator lizard offspring last year. We are proud to be one of the few institutions that breeds this vulnerable lizard. This species is continuing to decline in the wild due to habitat loss because of agricultural activities and urbanization, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing – it’s the perfect time to check out A Wilder Vision lemonade stand! Make your next garage sale or community event a little wilder by renting a lemonade stand to support the Zoo. Whether it’s lemonade or baked goods, you can customize the stand as you like. Learn more about how you can provide ‘ade for animals at www.fortworthzoo.org/lemonade-stand. Thanks to @april.wegman and this cute crew for supporting A Wilder Vision!
Spring has sprung early for the Texas horned lizards who have just woken up from hibernation. Did you know that Texas horned lizards spend up to four months buried in the ground during the winter? Visit the Fort Worth Zoo’s Texas horned lizards on display in Texas Wild!
Chew on this: Beastro tickets are now on sale! Get ready for a wild night on Friday, May 19, with sample appetizers, entrees and desserts from favorite DFW restaurants, open bars throughout the park, and live music from Professor D, Keith Mitchell Band and Incognito. Many animals will remain on exhibit until dusk, allowing guests to enjoy Wild Encounters keeper chats and enrichment activities. Learn more about the event and buy your tickets at www.fortworthzoo.org/beastro.
Thank you to all of our Zoo Run participants! Whether you flew, trotted or waddled through the course, you supported our conservation and education efforts both locally and worldwide. Timed runners can view their results here: http://www.mychiptime.com/searchevent.php?id=10407
It’s go time! The 20th annual Zoo Run kicks off with the 1K at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8 a.m. Whether you’re the tortoise, the hare, or somewhere in between, we want to thank all of our participants! Your participation supports the Zoo’s local and global conservation and education efforts. And a big thanks to our presenting sponsor, @idealpartners.
The results are in! We are proud to announce that we have been named the No. 4 zoo in the country! Thank you for casting your votes and putting a national spotlight on the Fort Worth Zoo. It is the work of our dedicated keepers and staff and the support from our loyal visitors and friends that make the Fort Worth Zoo truly special.
3 lions turning 2 years old with 1 big birthday bash! Siblings Siyanda, Lindelani and Thabisa enjoyed birthday enrichment treats, complete with an ice cake, to celebrate their second birthday. The trio may be young, but they aren’t so little anymore. Siyanda, the male, weighs in at 300 pounds and is beginning to grow a mane just like dad's. Sisters Lindelani and Thabisa each weigh 220 pounds, only 30 pounds shy of being fully grown. Take a “paws” to wish the three young lions a happy birthday!
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