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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!
"Dad," "Big Guy," or "Elmo"... whatever you call him, Happy Father's Day from the Fort Worth Zoo!
Thanks to @sharonm_shar for capturing this great photo of Gus and Elmo. Catch the father and son duo at the World of Primates exhibit on your next visit and be sure to tag #fortworthzoo to share your Zoo moments.
The sun is out and so is this guy! Our male giraffe calf continues to get to know his surroundings, while the other giraffes are getting to know him. Bring your dad to the Zoo this weekend and be sure to visit this not-so-little guy and the rest of the herd.
It's a boy! And a big one, too! The Fort Worth Zoo is pleased to announce the latest zoo baby, a 185-pound, 6-foot-tall, male reticulated giraffe.
Born last Thursday, June 8, to mom Kala, the soon-to-be named calf is now exploring his outdoor habitat and getting to know the rest of the herd.
Visit the Zoo this week and come say "what's up!" to our big baby.
Lesser flamingo chick update! As you can see, the lesser flamingo chicks aren’t so little anymore. While they may be growing taller and learning to stand on one leg, the chicks can still be identified by their gray plumage. The flamingos’ familiar pink feathers will begin to emerge around 1 to 2 years of age, and it will be a full three years before the flamingos are fully pink. Thanks to @sharonm_shar for sharing this great photo. Be sure to share your Zoo moments by tagging #fortworthzoo.
We enjoyed the rain this morning, but it looks like sunny skies are in the forecast. Splash around the Zoo this weekend - Safari Splash will be open during regular Zoo hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Did you know? Chameleons change colors because of cells called chromatophores. Each chameleon species has a different spectrum of colors; some are limited to green and brown while others are more colorful. Thanks to @janeth508_ for this close-up shot of the Zoo’s four-horned chameleon. Remember to share your Zoo moments by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Get a jump start on summer! Starting tomorrow, the Zoo will open an hour early every Monday in the month of June for Zoo members and their guests. In addition to early access to the Zoo, members will enjoy free train and carousel rides. Member Mondays are just one benefit of becoming a member at the Fort Worth Zoo. Learn more at www.fortworthzoo.org/membership.
School’s out and it’s time to go wild! Grab your friends and celebrate summer here at the Zoo. Tag your Zoo crew.
Don’t move too slow! Summer is right around the corner and only a few spots remain open for Zoo Camp. Choose from 10 themed weeks featuring crafts, wild activities, new technology, animal visitors and Zoo excursions. Find more information and a link to register at www.fortworthzoo.org/summer-zoo-camp.
Grab your flock and fly on over- we are open for Memorial Day! The Zoo will be open during normal hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to @momworks for sharing this fun photo. Be sure to share your memories by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Need a ride? Starting tomorrow, the Safari Shuttle to the Fort Worth Zoo is up and running! Safari Shuttle leaves on the hour and half-hour from the FWTA Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) station at 1001 Jones St. in downtown Fort Worth, and it drops off near the Zoo entrance. Safari Shuttle will be offered every Saturday from May 27 to Sept. 2, so catch a ride and visit the Zoo. Visit www.fwta.org/services/safarishuttle for shuttle times and more information.
It wasn’t Harry Potter, but there was some "slytherin" in the Museum of Living Art this morning. The Zoo’s Burmese python takes weekly “walks” through MOLA. This gives him an opportunity to exercise while also allowing the keepers to thoroughly inspect him for health purposes. The 100-pound python flexes his muscles as he slithers through the exhibit – feel the burm! The snake took his time checking out the cichlids and exploring his environment in the video.
Quiet mornings in MOLA...(double tap when you see it)
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.
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