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
We’ll frolic and play… the elephant way! Keepers created a “Winter Wonderland” for the Zoo’s elephants, complete with a giant snowman filled with veggies and other enrichment treats. Caroling through the Zoo continues, and Rasha decided she does NOT want to build a snowman.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are your branches … the Zoo’s black bears TJ and Boudreaux certainly think so! Keepers used Christmas trees stuffed with treats as enrichment tools for the bears to forage and explore. Caroling through the Zoo continues - watch as they receive presents of pineapple and popcorn.
Watch Gus the “little drummer” pa-rum-pum-pum-pum on his drum as caroling through the Zoo continues!
Caroling through the Zoo continues!
There are no swans a-swimming or geese a-laying, but there are five golden rings. With only five days until Christmas, watch our otters go “a-diving” for enrichment treats attached to the golden rings!
We’re caroling through the Zoo, first stop – Parrot Paradise!
Keepers “decked the halls” with boughs of …kale?! That’s right, our rosellas, parakeets and cockatiels were treated to an enrichment treat of kale, bamboo, apples, pine cones and more! Take a look at the video and feel free to sing along!
Don't be too slow! Tomorrow is the last day to place your order for an adoption package and receive it in the mail in time for Christmas! Adoption or membership packages make great gifts for the animal-lover in your life. Find more at www.fortworthzoo.org/holiday-adoption or www.fortworthzoo.org/membership.
Up on the housetop, Iggy’s claws
He’s wearing the hat of Santa Claus
The Zoo has enrichment activities and lots of toys
All for the animals, Christmas joy!
Several of the Zoo’s animals received enrichment treats this week, loosely based on holiday traditions and Christmas carols. We’ll go “caroling” through the Zoo over the next few days and share some of our favorite moments with you.
A membership to the Fort Worth Zoo adds up to more than savings and benefits – a membership to the Zoo offers limitless educational opportunities and special life-long memories. This holiday season, give the gift of Zoo membership, which includes unlimited admission, free parking, special invitations to members-only events and so much more! Find a full list of membership benefits and a link to sign up at www.fortworthzoo.org/membership.
And if you’re still reading, join us in wishing Bowie’s mother, Bluebonnet, a happy 18th birthday!
Doing some last minute Christmas shopping? Look no further - we’ve got the perfect gift! This year, the Fort Worth Zoo is offering an adoption package featuring two western lowland gorillas, Gus and his mom Gracie. Adoption packages begin at $40 and contribute to the care and feeding of the gorillas for one year. Visit our website to learn more about the adoption packages: www.fortworthzoo.org/holiday-adoption
Okay, so you can’t have a hippopotamus for Christmas…but you can help them! Bring your friends, your family and your appetite to one of the Zoo’s upcoming fundraiser nights for A Wilder Vision, which will benefit the Zoo’s animals, including the hippos! Mention the Zoo at any of the below events and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Zoo!
Friday, Dec. 16: Jason’s Deli 5 to 10 p.m., 2217 Midtown Lane, Fort Worth
Tuesday, Dec. 20: Blaze Pizza 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5925 Convair Drive, Fort Worth
This holiday season, give the gift that opens daily – a membership to the Fort Worth Zoo! The Zoo is home to thousands of animals and you can discover new ones on every visit! Perks of Zoo membership include unlimited admission, free parking, discounts on merchandise and so much more! Find a full list of membership benefits and a link to sign up at www.fortworthzoo.org/membership.
The Fort Worth Zoo is proud to serve as a drive-thru event location for WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers this Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Santa’s Helpers toy drive provides holiday toys to more than 50,000 needy children throughout the DFW area. You can be a part of this tradition of giving by bringing new, unwrapped toys for children aged infant through teen to the Fort Worth Zoo this Thursday. Find more information about #WFAASantasHelpers at http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/santas-helpers/350478853.
More than 100 nymph Asian praying mantis emerged from egg cases this week in the Museum of Living Art (MOLA). This species is usually green, but can vary in color from yellow to brown and even pink, sometimes changing hues over just a few days. The female is larger than the males, and they are all voracious eaters. In fact, adults are known to cannibalize even their own offspring.
The female praying mantis and another egg case are currently visible in MOLA’s Insect Hall.
Surprise the animal lover in your life with the perfect gift this holiday season! This year, the Fort Worth Zoo is offering an adoption package featuring two western lowland gorillas, Gus and his mom Gracie. This special package includes a personalized adoption certificate, plush animal, color photo and more, all in a festive holiday-themed animal carrier box. Adoption packages begin at $40 and contribute to the care and feeding of the gorillas for one year. (Fort Worth Zoo members receive the special price of $35 for individual adoptions.) Visit our website to learn more: www.fortworthzoo.org/holiday-adoption. No peeking!
Do you know a high-schooler who is interested in wildlife conservation, zoological sciences or an animal-related career? From Jan. 2 to 4, the Zoo will host a three-day overnight Careers Camp where students will participate in animal care activities, accompany animal staff on daily schedules, learn about animal care and much more. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in this exciting field! Learn more at http://www.fortworthzoo.org/zoo-careers-camp.
Happy birthday Gus! This morning, the Zoo celebrated the first birthday of Gus, our male western lowland gorilla. Exactly one year ago, Gus’ birth marked the first gorilla birth in Zoo history. The gorilla’s birth was also a huge conservation success, as western lowland gorillas are critically endangered. To celebrate this milestone, Gus and his mom Gracie were treated to a “birthday cake” covered in sweet potatoes and grits, as well as decorations covered with oatmeal paste. If you’re making a trip to the Zoo, be sure to stop by the World of Primates exhibit and wish Gus a happy first birthday!
Did you know? The coyote has the broadest natural range of any land mammal in North America. From Canada to Mexico, its territory spans grasslands, deserts and mountains – and includes every U.S. state but Hawaii. The coyotes are just a few of the Zoo animals that have recently grown their winter coats. Sensing impending colder weather, many animals will grow thicker, warmer coats to protect themselves from chillier temperatures. You can see the Zoo’s coyotes in the Pineywoods & Swamps area in Texas Wild!. Thanks to @sowest67 for this great Zoo photo. You can share your Zoo memories with us by tagging #fortworthzoo.
Now that it’s December, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! As you make your plans to celebrate, leave the kids to us! Send your children ages 6 to 11 to spend the night at the Zoo for a kid-friendly Zoo Year’s Eve celebration. 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. Zoo Year’s Eve registration opens today and can be found at www.fortworthzoo.org/overnights.
How sweet it is! The Zoo is happy to announce the name of the newest bonobo baby, Asali. Born to parents Mchumba and Andy, Asali is the fourth bonobo born at the Fort Worth Zoo, as well as the fourth bonobo born in the state of Texas. The name Asali was chosen by staff as a tribute to the bonobo’s mother. In Swahili, Asali means “honey,” which is a sweet reference to her mother’s name, Mchumba, which translates to “sweetheart.” Asali and the rest of the troop can be seen at the World of Primates exhibit.
It’s the Zoo’s own holiday armadillo! Sheldon the six-banded armadillo visited @cbsdfw this morning to spread some Texas-style holiday cheer. If you want to spread some cheer of your own, you can donate "toys" to the Zoo's animals this holiday season. Enrichment items, such as kongs and Boomer balls, allow the animals to display behaviors like hunting or foraging. Find more information, including a list of items, at fortworthzoo.org/holiday-wish-list.
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