The animal kingdom may not have a president, but it does include "royal" members like the emperor angelfish and the king cobra. Enjoy your Presidents Day by visiting the animal kingdom at the Zoo. We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cash me ousside…at the Zoo! What a great day to spend at the Zoo. Catch this guy in his shared habitat along with our prairie dogs in Texas Wild! Common around prairie-dog towns, the burrowing owl shows up wherever available burrows are found. To protect its burrows, the owl “borrows” from the rattlesnake – mimicking the reptile’s “rattle” sound to ward off predators. Thanks to @bucholtzc1990 for capturing this great photo. Don't forget to share your photos with the Zoo by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Calling all herbivores, carnivores and omnivores – grab dinner at @jasonsdeli (5100 Overton Ridge Blvd, Fort Worth, TX) tomorrow! Let them know you are with the Fort Worth Zoo and a portion of the proceeds will support A Wilder Vision, the Zoo’s building project that will offer you exciting ways to see and interact with the animals. Don’t be a dud, grab your buds and eat some spuds. Learn more and RSVP at fortworthzoo.org/get-wild.
Happy Valentine’s Day – we hope this valentine sweetens your day!Bonobos live in very tightly bonded social groups, sharing many of the responsibilities and benefits with all members of the troop, like nests built for sleeping and food gathered for eating. Bonobo babies rely heavily upon their mothers and will cling to them for up to their first two years of life, depending on them for nourishment and locomotion. Here is our newest baby bonobo, Asali. The name Asali was chosen by staff as a tribute to her mother. In Swahili, Asali means “honey,” which is a sweet reference to her mother’s name, Mchumba, which translates to “sweetheart.” Share our Valentine with a sweetheart of your own!
Just like Channing Tatum, the shield-tailed agama lizard best expresses his love through dance. During courtship, males will display their bright blue chin and do an energetic dance including head bobbing and push-ups to impress a female.
Not quite an eskimo kiss, the otter will nip the nose of a potential mate in order to show interest…guys, don’t try this one at home!
We all do extravagant things to catch the eye of the one we love. Did you know? The lesser bird of paradise male will display its full spectrum of plumage in order to attract a mate. Instead of a bouquet of flowers, females are treated to a display of feathers.
Turtles are green, roses are red- what's that color on the terrapin's head? During breeding season, the male painter terrapin's shell will change from olive green to light gray and his otherwise bluish gray head will become bright white. The orange stripe on his head becomes a bold red. But he's not blushing! Just trying to stand out to potential mates.
Finding love isn't just for the birds! Did you know? Coyotes are monogamous and mate for life. In fact, it is a very rare occurrence if they "cheat" on their mate.
There’s only one week until Valentine’s Day, and the Zoo is feeling the love. Did you know? Courtship between Toco toucans involves tossing fruit. Both the male and female toucan will collect fruit and then throw pieces to one another as a sign of mutual interest. It’s not a box of chocolates, but it’s still pretty sweet!
Regardless of how you feel about PT’s Falcons prediction, we can all agree the big game is better with wings! Watch the game at any of the eight participating @buffalowildwingsofficial and a portion of the proceeds will go toward A Wilder Vision. Be sure to show your Teammate Card, which can be found at www.fortworthzoo.org/get-wild. No matter who you’re cheering for this Sunday, make your game-watching a “win” for the Zoo.
Looking for a Valentine’s gift as unique as your valentine? Surprise your sweetheart with a Valentine’s-themed penguin adoption package, complete with a plush penguin, official adoption certificate, animal fact sheet, color photo and more. Order by noon on Feb. 6 to ensure delivery by Feb. 14. Packages start at $40 and contribute to the care and feeding of the Zoo’s African and rockhopper penguins. Find more information at www.fortworthzoo.org/valentines-adoption.
PT, the Zoo’s 43-year-old female orangutan made her Super Bowl selection this morning without hesitation! She immediately went for the football-shaped piñata with the Atlanta Falcons logo on it and we’re hoping she’s correct and will maintain the Zoo’s winning record of correctly predicting the Super Bowl victors five out of the last seven years. Always a team player, PT had the other female orangutan join her on the field and Chantek also made it clear that the Falcons are favored to win. The girls eventually broke both pinatas in order to get to their favorite treats – dried fruits, grapes, raisins, seeds and popcorn.
With weather like this, it feels like spring has already sprung and that means spring break is around the corner – and in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, spring break camp is going green! Meet some scaly friends for a close encounter of the cold-blooded kind during a week full of crafts, games, animal presentations and a daily trip into the Zoo. Find more information and a link to register at www.fortworthzoo.org/spring-break-camp
Go wild at @mckinleysbakery! Purchase a sugary sweet rhino cookie in the month of January and 100 percent of the proceeds will support A Wilder Vision. Treat yourself today! (And every day through Jan. 31!)
#FlashbackFriday to 2013 when our zebras correctly predicted that the Baltimore Ravens would win Super Bowl 47. Stay tuned next week for the Zoo's 2017 prediction!
Grab your friends and grab some grub – all for a good cause! Dine at Flying Fish in Fort Worth from 3 to 9 p.m. today and part of the proceeds will go toward A Wilder Vision. Moving too slow to join in today? Find more ways to get involved at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/get-wild.
A Wilder Vision is the Fort Worth Zoo’s plan to bring you new ways to learn about and interact with animals, including giraffe feeding, enhanced hippo viewing and so much more. Join us on this wild ride!
Hector the cavy stopped by @cbsdfw to spread the love and share a unique Valentine's gift idea: fortworthzoo.org/valentines-adoption
The Zoo’s youngest bonobo, Asali, is now 4 months old and still staying close to mom. The tiny primate depends on her mother, Mchumba, for nourishment and locomotion, which is typical behavior for the first two years of a bonobo’s life. Asali’s continued health is a conservation success for the Zoo, as the bonobo is an endangered species. The Zoo participates in a breeding program with other zoos in the country to ensure a healthy, genetically diverse population of bonobos as a hedge against extinction. You can sneak a peek at Asali the next time you visit the World of Primates exhibit.
It may be January, but that didn’t stop Belle from splashing around this week. Enjoy the nice weather this weekend with a visit to the Zoo. We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Valentine’s Day, dare to think outside the chocolate box! Surprise your sweetheart with a Valentine’s-themed penguin adoption package, complete with a plush penguin, official adoption certificate, animal fact sheet, color photo and more. Packages start at $40 and contribute to the care and feeding of the Zoo’s African and rockhopper penguins. Find more information at https://www.fortworthzoo.org/valentines-adoption.
We’re OTTERly sorry to report that Bluebonnet Café and the General Store in Texas Town are currently closed through early February as each location gets a new roof. Planning a visit soon? Take a look at our dining and gift shop options here: https://www.fortworthzoo.org/dining-and-gift-shops
New year, new mandrill! The Zoo is happy to welcome a new addition to the World of Primates exhibit, J.J. the mandrill. Did you know? Many animals do not have color vision, but primates are an exception. This particular primate, the mandrill, uses its color vision for a special purpose. The mandrill’s bright coloration makes it easier for the monkey to locate other members of its species. In fact, when mandrills become excited, the coloring on their bodies becomes even brighter.
Iggy once rode a bull for so long the bull gave up. He once roped a calf without using a rope. As a hatchling, he entered the mutton bustin’ contest and the muttons busted themselves. He’s #themostinterestingiguanaintheworld. Iggy’s ready for the @fwssr how ‘bout y’all?!
We are only 12 days into new year's resolutions, but we think you’ve earned a cheat day! Purchase a Zoo cookie at @mckinleysbakery in the month of January and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Zoo’s Wilder Vision, a major Zoo project that includes plans to expand and update habitats for rhinos, hippos, elephants and more. These scrumptious rhino sugar cookies are a fun way to treat yourself and your Zoo!
Looking for the prrr-fect Valentine’s Day gift for your MANE squeeze? Shop at @kendrascott's Southlake location tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. and 20% of the proceeds will go toward the Zoo’s A Wilder Vision! Can’t make it to the store in person? Call in your order tomorrow and mention the Zoo and the benefit will still apply. Sips, sweets and jewels will all be available, so come in and go wild for the Fort Worth Zoo!
In true Texas fashion, we were in short sleeves at the beginning of the week and snow boots by the end! No matter the temperature, our dedicated staff is onsite every day to feed and care for the animals. While most of our animals are being cared for out of the elements, a few have outdoor access and this afternoon chose to wander out and enjoy the snow.
"She doesn't even go here!" Looks like Zoo visitor Andra caught a foreign feathered friend in the African penguin exhibit. Did you know? The African penguin is also known as the black-footed, or “jack-ass” penguin due to its donkey-like bray. Although the foreign feathered friend may have looked like a penguin at first glance, its quack would have surely given it away. Share your fun photos and memories with us using #fortworthzoo!
New Year, new you – get fit at the Fort Worth Zoo! Make a reZOOlution to participate in the 20th annual #ZooRun on April 1, 2017. Early bird registration is now open at www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-run.
Don't sleep through the first day of the New Year... come on out to the Zoo! The Zoo is open New Year's Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy new year!
Even if you don’t have New Year’s plans, make some for the kids – a few spots remain for our Zoo Year’s Eve celebration.Send your children ages 6 to 11 to spend the night at the Zoo and ring in 2017 with thousands of animals! Kids will enjoy dinner, snacks, meeting some animals up close, touring the Zoo on a moonlight safari, fun games and crafts. Breakfast will be provided in the morning. More information and registration can be found here: www.fortworthzoo.org/overnights.
‘Tis the season to enjoy time with friends and family! ‘Tis also the season to maybe yearn for a break from friends and family. Whether with the whole gang or you come alone for some quiet time, we’re here for you!
Our dedicated staff is here today feeding and caring for the animals, so while they are working, the Zoo will be open from noon to 4 p.m. (Please note that food locations, gift shops and attractions will be closed.) We are grateful for our outstanding staff, and for all of the friends and supporters of the Fort Worth Zoo. Merry Christmas!
Santa Claus (ok, maybe keepers) came to town for the lions! The Zoo’s lions explored the grapevine wreaths covered in natural scents. If you’re still making your list and checking it twice, consider including the Zoo’s animals in your holiday giving. A list of enrichment “toys,” including those that were used in this week’s caroling videos, can be found on our website. Follow the link below to learn more about the Zoo’s animal enrichment holiday wish list. http://www.fortworthzoo.org/holiday-wish-list
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