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Dallas Zoo: Largest Zoo in Texas

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Giraffes, Zebras, Impala, and Elephants in Dallas Zoo Giants of the Savanna exhibit

Giraffes, Zebras, Impala, and Elephants in Dallas Zoo Giants of the Savanna exhibit

Dallas, Texas Zoo

Located in Dallas, Texas is not only the largest Texas zoo but also the oldest. This zoo had it origins dating back to 1888 and like so many others has been expanded through the years to well over 100 acres.

It has also been improved upon and has some terrific exhibits which will keep entire families from young to old entertained and happy.

Dallas Zoo Zebras

Dallas Zoo Zebras

Giants of the Savanna Habitat

Can't travel to the African Savannah? No problem!

Come to Dallas and see this fabulous exhibit called Giants of the Savanna Habitat where large animals coexist in a large space just like they would naturally in Africa.

See zebras, lions, elephants and many more animals living together in this exhibit.

Dallas Zoo Monorail Tour

There is a 20 minute monorail ride that can transport one through some of the different habitat areas.

This gives one a birds eye view of many of the different areas in the zoo and for people who have little time or who cannot do that much walking, this is a perfect way to view some of the sites within the Dallas Zoo confines.

It is a narrated trip so one can learn a bit about the different animals within view.

Dallas Zoo Monorail

Dallas Zoo Monorail

Riding a Camel

Have you dreamed of riding a camel in Egypt or elsewhere?

You need not go abroad to experience this. It can be accomplished right at the Dallas zoo.

Dromedary Have you ever ridden a camel?

Dromedary Have you ever ridden a camel?

And if a camel is too intimidating perhaps your children would like to ride a pony? That can also be done at the Dallas Zoo.

If riding live animals are too about riding a carousel on top of hand crafted endangered species?

The Dallas Zoo welcomes Cheetah Cubs

Endangered Species Survival

This zoo truly endeavors to help endangered species survive.

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In the video above you can see some adorable cheetah cubs at the Dallas zoo. They are one of the endangered species from Africa.

When grown they can run amazingly fast up to 70 miles per hour! Since this video was posted in September of 2013, these little cubs should now be fully grown and it would have been fun watching them grow into adult cheetahs.

Dallas Zoo Lesser Flamingos

Dallas Zoo Lesser Flamingos

Feeding Animals at the Dallas Zoo

There is a children's zoo where the kiddos can pet and interact with some of the animals. A water feature called The Stream will allow your kids to walk through what appears to be a natural setting and they can get wet and cool off.

If you wish to feed birds or giraffes special food is provided and you can experience doing that at the Dallas zoo.

Award Winning Dallas Zoo

Many hundreds of species of animals are represented with total numbers of animals ranging around 2,000. Like many zoos there are numerous educational events and the zoo focus is on wildlife conservation.

This baby giraffe was born on October 26, 2014 at the Dallas Zoo.

Good Zoo Management

Most zoos have changed over the years and no longer keep animals in small cages. The good ones try to emulate an animals natural setting as far as possible and give them more areas in which to roam.

This not only makes for a happier animal but a healthier one as well. Ultimately they are more likely to successfully breed and have offspring. This becomes even more important when animals in the wild are being decimated in numbers either because of poaching, loss of habitat or other causes.

For more information about this award winning zoo be sure and check out their website. Plan to spend a day there! There are shops and food available.

Be sure and dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes. If you get a chance to visit the Dallas Zoo I am sure you will enjoy your visit.

Dallas Zoo


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

Yes, we have a fabulous zoo here in Houston. Shame on me for not yet featuring it. Hugs to you and yours.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 21, 2019:

Back again as I do love all kinds of animals. My next trip to Texas maybe I will get there. I there a zoo in Houston? Everything else is there!!! Take care of you, my friend. Angels are headed your way bringing hugs. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2019:

Hi Dale,

In the old days when the animals had small cages, I would agree that it was no quality of life for them. The newer modern zoos give the animals much more space in which to roam. In many cases, some animal's survival depends upon the successful breeding programs in zoos. At our Houston zoo, admission prices not only support the animals that are in the zoo, but also the same types of animals in the wild.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on October 08, 2019:

Ive got mixed feelings about zoos. I like to see the animals but I hate the idea of them being caged up. Funny thing is that the critters are probably happy as hell relaxing in the zoo and I am worrying about nothing at all.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2019:

Hi Aurelio, I guess I did a good job of describing the Dallas Zoo if it makes you desire to visit it. (Smile)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 04, 2019:

I am loving all the pictures and videos here. Makes it seem like a first-class travel article. And of course, it also makes me want to visit the zoo.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

I agree. It is terrible to see wild animals caged in small spaces. Zoos have come a long way from earlier times when small enclosures were the norm. Our Houston zoo is a beauty and part of the proceeds from admission fees also goes to support animals in the wild which is great. Glad you enjoyed the monorail tour.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 01, 2018:

It is always good to see uncaged/unchained animals enjoying living in habitats as close to their natural environment as possible while at the same time allowing us to enjoy view and in some cases interact with them.

The monorail tour was fantastic.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

I agree that zoos of the past were quite sad for the animals with regard to the room that they had in which to roam. Most of them have made radical changes through the years. It can be a nice days outing now to visit ones like the one in Dallas. Ours here in Houston is also a great place to visit.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 10, 2018:

Is it as wonderful as it sounds? I am not really big on zoos because I ran across a few in my past that made me sad. Now on the other hand I have been to a few that made me feel and see the animals were well cared for and treated well. Thank you for sharing Peggy. Angels are on the

Robert Sacchi on July 20, 2017:

That's true.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 20, 2017:

Hi Robert,

Baby animals are always a draw at zoos especially the larger animals.

Robert Sacchi on July 19, 2017:

I'm glad to see this area isn't the only place that goes crazy about baby animals. Every spring here a major story is the pandas. Is the female pregnant or not?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 19, 2017:

Hi Robert,

If the last time you visited the Dallas Zoo was in the early 80s, you can be sure that many changes have taken place since that time. The same is true here in Houston. Most major zoos continually update environs for the animals which is good. Here in Houston we have a new baby Asian elephant! Everyone is excited about it! They have shown images of it on television.

It has been quite some time since I have been to any zoo. I'll have to remedy that soon!

Robert Sacchi on July 18, 2017:

Has the Dallas Zoo undergone a major expansion fairly recently? I went to Dallas on a day trip and made a quick stop at the zoo in the early '80s. I have a picture of the clock on the ground with the flowers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2016:

Hi Susie,

Like you I enjoy seeing wild animals with plenty of space and as near their natural settings as possible.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on August 20, 2016:

They have created nice areas for the animals, its great to see a zoo that really cares for the residents. The biggest zoo I have visited was in Iowa and I enjoyed it very much. Great hub, Peggy, I can feel you loving spirit!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2016:

Hi agusfanani,

I think that you would really enjoy a visit to the Dallas zoo should you ever travel this direction. Sometime I will have to write about our own Houston zoo.

agusfanani from Indonesia on March 15, 2016:

I love visiting the zoo and Dallas Zoo looks excellent with its animal collections. It will be a special experience if I can visit it and take pictures of those animals.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2016:

Hello Frank,

Hope your visiting the Dallas Zoo comes true some day so that you can scratch it off of your bucket list. Glad you liked this!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 10, 2016:

The photos are amazing.. never been there but would love to put it on my bucket list thank you for sharing this wonderful hub bless you Peggy W

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2016:

H shanmarie,

As you indicated when the wild animals are given more space in which to roam obviously this impacts how people can view them. Good thing they have that monorail for people who are unable to do lots of walking. What a great place to take a class on a field trip! Nice that you got to accompany your son on that outing.

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 09, 2016:

I think it's the layout in general that makes it harder to navigate. Or maybe it's just a preference thing. At any rate, now that I think about it, there's only so many ways organization of the animals can be adjusted as the place grows and changes. It's still an excellent zoo. I went last year with my son on a field trip he took with his class.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2016:

Hello shanmarie,

Thanks for telling us your opinion of the Fort Worth zoo in comparison to the Dallas zoo. Perhaps the size makes it easier to navigate? Speaking of zoos...I want to go back and visit ours in Houston again sometime soon. It has been a while...

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 08, 2016:

It is a nice zoo to visit, although I think the Fort Worth Zoo is easier to navigate through.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2016:

Hi Jackie,

Glad you got to see the zoo in your area and had fun. I also recommend zoo visits to everyone. So much to do, see and learn.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 08, 2016:

This is great Peggy. I would love to go see all this! Never been to Texas though and probably won't be. My son took me though to the big zoo not far from me with most of this and although it wore me too a frazzle I don't think I ever had a better time! I recommend it to everyone!


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