Looking for something to do? Join us this Thursday at Waterside. Several retailers have come together to host Waterside Gives Back, a fundraising event that will benefit the Zoo’s A Wilder Vision campaign. Whether you’re grabbing lunch at Blaze Pizza or breaking a sweat at Cyclebar, there’s something for everyone! Find a full schedule and additional details at www.fortworthzoo.org/get-wild.
It’s no April Fool’s joke – Zoo Run is this Saturday, April 1! Packet pick up is now available at Tyler’s in the WestBend shopping center (1621 River Run, Fort Worth, TX 76107). Pick up your T-shirt, runner bib and Zoo admission ticket Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We recommend picking up your packet before race day in order to guarantee T-shirt sizes.
It's the final stretch - voting in the USA Today poll for best zoo ends Monday at 11 a.m. Vote every day, share with your friends and help us finish strong at the link in our bio.
Double the bubbles, double the trouble! Elephant calves Belle and Bowie were treated to bubbles as an enrichment activity. The Zoo’s animal enrichment program provides animals the opportunity to express different behaviors while providing variety within the animals’ environments. Show your support for Belle, Bowie and the rest of the Fort Worth Zoo crew by voting in USA Today’s poll for the nation’s best zoos. Vote every day through March 27 at the link in our bio.
The Fort Worth Zoo is seeing pink! We’re pleased to announce the hatchings of 13 lesser flamingo chicks. The Zoo boasts the most successful lesser flamingo breeding program in the world, with the hatchings of 196 chicks since the program began in 2002. Zoo staff captured some footage of the chicks on one of their daily walks this morning. Since the chicks are hand-raised, they go on these daily walks to develop strong muscles and get used to being with one another as eventually all birds will all be in the yard together with the rest of the flock.
This world-renowned program is just one of the many reasons that the Zoo has earned a nomination as one of USA Today’s 10 best zoos in the country. The public can now weigh in and determine the final ranking by voting once a day, every day on all devices at the link in our bio.
Did someone say G.O.A.T.? The Fort Worth Zoo has been nominated in USA Today's top zoos poll, but we need your help to reach the top spot! Vote every day on all devices through March 27 at the link in our bio.
Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Fort Worth Zoo! The elephants were treated to their own pot of gold this morning filled with hay, oranges and squash. Wishing you the luck of the elephants today!
Tomorrow is the last day to register for Zoo Run at the discounted rate! Early registration guarantees participants a Zoo ticket, access to the virtual runner bag, a t-shirt and a timing chip, if desired. By participating in Zoo Run you are also contributing to the Zoo’s local and global conservation and education efforts. Don’t delay – tag your Zoo crew and sign up today! www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-run
It is the work of our dedicated animal staff that truly makes the Fort Worth Zoo a special place. Our keepers are here 365 days a year feeding and caring for the animals with tireless devotion and unmatched expertise - from the hungry hippos to the delicate monarch butterflies! Their outstanding work is one of the reasons we have been nominated in USA TODAY's Top 10 Zoos poll. Show the rest of the nation how special the Fort Worth Zoo really is by voting every day through March 27 at the link in our bio.
Looking for something for your family to snack on? Stop by @curlysfrozencustard this Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and get a frozen treat to support the Zoo! Mention you are with the Fort Worth Zoo and a percentage of the proceeds will go toward A Wilder Vision. Learn more at www.fortworthzoo.org/get-wild.
You know what they say. The early bird gets the... discounted Zoo Run registration! There's only one week left to sign up for Zoo Run at the discounted rate. Don't miss this opportunity to run, walk or jog your way through the Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods, all in support of the Zoo's local and global conservation and education efforts. Sign up today at www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-run.
A frog’s tongue can catch an insect in under 0.07 seconds. These endangered Houston toads are beefing up for the breeding season right here at the Zoo. To date, we have released 20,715 tadpoles back into Bastrop County as part of the Houston toad recovery program, after the 2011 wildfires in that area destroyed their natural habitat.
Do you know what else takes 0.07 seconds? Voting for the Fort Worth Zoo in USA TODAY’s Top Zoos poll at the link in our bio. Show your support for the Fort Worth Zoo and the endangered species we are helping to recover in the wild by voting once a day, every day through March 27.
Don’t get caught up standing in line. Purchase your tickets for spring break online and head straight to the gate when you arrive! Visit our website at www.fortworthzoo.org to plan your visit. Please note: It can take up to 30 minutes for tickets to arrive in your inbox. We advise you purchase tickets well in advance before arriving at the Zoo. Tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.
No ugly ducklings in this pond! Two fuzzy black-necked swan cygnets are the latest Zoo babies to join the flock – just in time for spring break! The young swans can be seen in Waterfowl Walk. You may even catch a glimpse of them hitching a ride on mom or dad’s back.
We think we otter tell you… our hours have changed! Starting today, the Zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Come out and enjoy some extra time at the Zoo. Thanks to @nicholastilley for this great shot of our river otters. Don’t forget to tag #fortworthzoo to share your Zoo moments.
What could be better than a morning run that benefits conservation and education? How about seeing some beautiful animals while you’re at it! Register today for the 20th annual Zoo Run, where you can walk or jog your way through the Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods all in support of the Zoo’s local and global conservation and education efforts. Early bird registration is available through March 17. Find more information and a link to register at www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-run.
The Fort Worth Zoo has been nominated for USA Today’s list of 10 Best zoos in the country and we need your help! We’re proud to lead conservation efforts locally, regionally and in more than 30 countries around the world. Gus, the first western lowland gorilla born at the Zoo, is one of many success stories that makes the Fort Worth Zoo a leader in animal conservation and education. Show your support by voting and sharing this post with friends and family. Let’s show the rest of the country how special the Fort Worth Zoo really is!
Happy Fat Tuesday! Did you know? The hippopotamus can eat up to 100 pounds of plants in a single feeding, aided by its barrel-shaped body. The hippo then conserves energy by resting in the water while it digests its meal. Maybe a good idea to try tomorrow? Thanks to @dsamis300 for this great shot of our hippo. Remember to share your photos with us by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Did you know? Fossil records suggest that storks have existed for an estimated 50 million years. But you don't need a time machine to see this beautiful bird - just stop by the Fort Worth Zoo! Thanks to @soulflowerphotography for this great shot of the saddle-billed stork. Share your favorite Zoo moments with us by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Still on the fence about Zoo Run? Just “kudu” it! Early bird registration is open now through March 17. Whether you’re as quick as the female kudu, bouncing like the springbok or taking your time like the male kudu, runners of all levels are encouraged to participate. Find more information and a link to register at fortworthzoo.org/zoo-run.
Do you have a child interested in learning about the great outdoors? Then we have a club for you! The Nature Club encourages children in first through sixth grades to get outside and learn about local ecology over the course of four Saturday sessions. Find more information and a link to register at www.fortworthzoo.org/nature-club.
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.
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