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Ever wonder what it takes to feed the Zoo’s 7,000 residents? Are you a high schooler interested in a career in animal health? Feed your curiosity with Nutrition Camp on Sept. 2-4. Students in ninth through 12th grade are invited to explore all aspects of nutrition for Zoo animals during this three-day, overnight camp. From diet preparation to quality control, learn what it takes to feed and care for the Zoo’s animals. Learn more and register at www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-careers-camp---high-school.
It’s World Elephant Day! You may know that the Zoo is committed to the care and keeping of our elephant herd, including calves Belle and Bowie. But did you know that the Fort Worth Zoo coordinated the first organizational meeting for the International Elephant Foundation (IEF)? Now, almost 20 years later, the IEF supports worldwide elephant conservation programs. From elephant protection to educational efforts, the IEF is working hard to make the world a better place for Asian and African elephants. Happy #WorldElephantDay from the Fort Worth Zoo!
Have you met Beltre and Buddy yet? Make plans to stop in and say hello this weekend! Thanks to @sharonm_shar for this great shot of the dynamic duo! Be sure to tag your Zoo moment using #fortworthzoo.
It’s not time to say goodbye to summer just yet! Purchase a Wild About Water adoption package for your next birthday party, pool party or summer fun event. Choose from the American alligator, clown fish, North American river otter, and sea turtle – or adopt all four! Don’t move too slow – these adoptions are available for a limited time only. Find more information at www.fortworthzoo.org/wild-about-water-adoption
Mondays… am I right? Start your week off right with a visit to the Zoo. Thanks to @momworks for this fun #fortworthzoo photo!
It's Friday! Here's a little something to kick off the weekend! (tip: sound on)
Congratulations Adrian Beltre on 3,000 hits! In honor of this major milestone, we're pleased to announce the name of our male giraffe calf - Beltre! Beltre and his younger half-brother Buddy were born a week apart in June and can now be seen exploring their exhibit together with the rest of the herd. Buddy was named by the Jeff and Kelly Dillard family, generous Zoo friends and donors, in honor of a family member. On behalf of these gentle giants, the Fort Worth Zoo congratulates baseball giant Adrian Beltre on making history today!
What’s even sweeter than lemonade and cookies? How about little Mason, who set up a Zoo lemonade stand during his mother’s wedding reception in order to raise money for A Wilder Vision! Mason took advantage of the captive audience at his mom’s wedding and sold lemonade and cookies for $1 each. It is donors like this that really make the project something special.
A Wilder Vision is the Fort Worth Zoo’s building project that will include renovated exhibits and new ways to see and interact with animals – including giraffe feeding and underwater hippo viewing. If you are interested in renting a lemonade stand of your own, visit https://www.fortworthzoo.org/lemonade-stand.
There are only 37 days until @tcufootball kicks off their season, and today we are announcing the hatching of 37 Texas horned lizards! Eventually, these hatchlings will grow to be between 3.5 to 6 inches long, but, for now, they are about the size of a bottle cap.
Know a home-schooled teen looking for a fun way to give back? Sign up to be a Zoo Volunteen! This program provides local home-schooled teens, ages 12 to 17, the opportunity to assist our Zoo Preschool teachers, with tasks ranging from helping set up in the classroom to assisting with excursions into the Zoo. Registration closes this Thursday, so make your way over to https://www.fortworthzoo.org/homeschool for more.
As we reach the end of #NationalZookeeperAppreciationWeek, we want to say a big thank you to the entire Fort Worth Zoo staff for their tireless commitment to the Zoo’s animals and their well-being. From working early mornings in Zoo exhibits to conserving species around the globe, Zoo staff are inspiring the next generation to be responsible stewards of wildlife. In fact, the Zoo’s summer campers delivered their own handmade thank you cards to keepers all over our Zoo this week to show their appreciation for our amazing Zoo staff. The week may be over, but be sure to thank a keeper next time you’re at the Zoo!
Fort Worth Zoo keepers are not only committed to the 7,000 animals here in the park, but to animals and conservation efforts around the world. In fact, the Zoo supports conservation projects in more than 30 countries around the world. For example, the Fort Worth Zoo was the first institution in the United States to operate a Texas horned lizard breeding and reintroduction program to offset declining populations. Thanks to the incredible work of our staff, to date the Fort Worth Zoo has facilitated 305 hatchings and released 94 back into the wild. #NationalZookeeperAppreciationWeek
From “birthday cakes” made of ice blocks to “fireworks” filled with hay, you’ve seen enrichment items for the Zoo’s animals come in all shapes and sizes, for all occasions. But have you ever wondered who is behind these elaborate items?
Enrichment items are way more than just a fun way to celebrate a holiday or special occasion. It takes a whole team of animal experts to identify items and experiences that will enhance the animal’s exhibit and offer them a chance to display behaviors, such as foraging or playing. Edible enrichment items are also part of the animals’ diets that are overseen and regulated by the Zoo’s highly trained nutrition staff. We are so grateful for the hard work and commitment to excellence shown by our keepers and animal staff. #NationalZookeeperWeek
Hours before the first guest arrives at the front gate, our keepers and Zoo staff are already hard at work to care for the animals and their exhibits. From scrubbing glass windows, to watering ponds, to getting breakfast served for the animals – our Zoo team is up and at it every single day.
Anissa has been a keeper at the Fort Worth Zoo since 2007. As she performed her daily morning routine of exhibit maintenance, she was joined by a feathered friend. The Caribbean flamingo followed Anissa closely and attentively – the ultimate wingman. We are lucky to have some of the best keepers around, and we are happy to celebrate all they do during #NationalZookeeperWeek! Be sure to say hello to a keeper on your next visit to the Zoo.
Ready to dive into the week? Check out this video of the newest African black-footed penguin chick. Keepers carefully watched over him as he became acquainted with his new exhibit, guiding him as he explored the water and learned how to get out of the pool safely and on his own. You might spot him taking a swim in the pool, but he still spends time in an off-exhibit area being raised by his parents. If you see him, stop and say hi and cheer him on!
You know what rocks? The Zoo’s summer campers got in on the city-wide fun by painting their own rocks for @fortworthrocks. These little works of art are hidden all around the community, so be on the lookout! Collect them, paint your own and hide them around town. #fwrocks
It’s Friday, time to frill out. Did you know? When confronted by a predator, the frilled lizard will rise up on its hind legs, open its yellow-colored mouth, flash its large frill surrounding its neck and hiss, taking a jump toward the threat. If that doesn’t work? The lizard will run on its hind legs to the nearest tree.
Cannonball! #TBT to Colonel showing us how it’s done in the elephant pool.
You otter listen to this wild offer! For a limited time, you can purchase a special adoption package that is sure to help you beat the heat. Choose from an American alligator, clown fish, North American river otter, and sea turtle – or adopt all four! The package includes an animal plush, a water toy, a beach bucket and more. Find out how you can dive in and adopt the coolest animals around at www.fortworthzoo.org/wild-about-water-adoption.
Happy birthday Belle! This weekend the Zoo celebrated the elephant calf’s fourth birthday. She may look small compared to the other elephants, but Belle is actually 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs in at over 3,000 pounds. The growing calf’s favorite foods include sweet potatoes, carrots and apples. Be sure to stop by and wish Belle a happy birthday this week!
This #FlamingoFriday, say hello to the newest chick in town! The Zoo’s Caribbean flamingo chicks have begun to hatch, and this little one is the newest addition to the flock. You may have been expecting to see pink, but flamingo chicks are actually born gray and won’t boast fully pink plumage until about three years of age.
Happy hump day from the Zoo's two newest additions! Meanwhile, we’ll just be over here looking for the weekend…
Red, white and… Bowie! The Zoo celebrated BIG for Independence Day with patriotic treats for the pachyderms. Bowie and the rest of the herd were given enrichment items, including “fireworks” filled with hay, as well as oranges, watermelons and ice blocks spread around the habitat. These fireworks are for more than just flash, though – enrichment activities add a new complexity to the exhibit and allow animals to display behaviors like playing and exploring. Happy 4th of July from the Fort Worth Zoo!
What happens next!? Come find out! Salty, the Zoo's nearly 16-foot-long saltwater crocodile, will partake in a special Fourth of July feast all his own. Stop by his outdoor exhibit at MOLA tomorrow, July 4, at 11 a.m. to watch Salty pig out and chat with zookeepers. This annual event has to be seen to be believed -- come celebrate red, white and Zoo with us!
Starting tomorrow, July 3, the Zoo begins new operating hours: We are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Speaking of operating hours, the Zoo is OPEN on the Fourth of July! Did you know that the bald eagle is the only species of eagle unique to North America? Come see the bald eagle in Texas Wild! and celebrate the red, white and Zoo with us.
Oh say can you see… a lizard named Iggy? That’s right, Uncle Iggy is ready to celebrate this weekend as we prepare for the 4th of July. Wishing everyone a fun and festive weekend from the Fort Worth Zoo!
Did you know? Just like a human’s fingerprint, the blue-throated macaw has a striped feather pattern on its face that is unique to each individual bird. Additionally, the bird’s eye color can be used to determine age, as the hatchling’s iris is initially black, but fades to brown, then yellow, as the bird matures. Thanks to @trespassers__w for capturing this great shot of the blue-throated macaw! Be sure to share your Zoo moments by tagging #fortworthzoo.
It may be Monday, but here’s a little something to brighten your day. May we all be as excited about today as this meerkat is about watermelon. #MeerkatMonday
But wait - there's more! The Zoo welcomed another reticulated giraffe to the herd. Born just eight days later, this unnamed male calf weighs 150 pounds and stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall (one inch shorter than his half-brother). Can you see a unique spot on this calf's neck? You may remember Dilly was born with a heart-shaped spot on her neck...well, it looks like her little brother was also born with a similar marking.
Today is the first day the calf is out in the yard, getting to know his siblings and surroundings. Come say hi!
This #TransformationTuesday, take a look at our saddle-billed stork who has grown rapidly from a newly hatched chick to a 2-month-old fledgling! In fact, at his last weigh-in, he was already bigger than his mom. But he still has several years to go before he develops the colorful bill this species is known for.
This is the Zoo’s first hatching for this species since 2007, as these birds are very difficult to breed. You can see the newest member of the stork family on exhibit on the main path just past Zoo Creek Café. Thanks to @mukuburd for this great shot!