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“It's a zoo”
Review of Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
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US$48.00*
and up
Dallas CityPASS
Ranked #15 of 229 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The largest zoological experience in Texas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo offers fun, educational and entertaining experiences for the whole family. The Zoo's mission is to inspire a passion for nature and conserve wildlife, and guests can see a number of endangered species and learn about a variety of conservation projects the Dallas Zoo supports. Opened in 2010, our award-winning Giants of the Savanna habitat is internationally known. The savanna features elephants, ostrich, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and guineafowl, often mingling together. The Dallas Zoo is home to a herd of five female elephants and 11 giraffes, which guests can feed by hand. Guests will see the fastest land mammal on Earth, the cheetah, as well as African lions who often spend their days sleeping just inches away from the viewing wall inside the Serengeti Grill restaurant. The Wilds of Africa area features rare animals such as gorillas, chimpanzees and okapi. Guests will enjoy getting eye-to-eye with African penguins as they swim effortlessly underwater. Highlights of the ZooNorth section include the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, a top-rated reptile and amphibian complex featuring albino alligators, and the Koala Walkabout, featuring the only koalas in Texas, red kangaroo, wallabies, and a lorikeet feeding area for up-close adventures. For alternative transportation to the Dallas Zoo, consider the DART Red Line, which delivers guests to the Zoo's front entrance.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Waxahachie
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101 reviews
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“It's a zoo”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

Unfortunately, I can't give props for the exotic animals because that is what it is. Loved the landscaping and presentation.

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Frisco, Texas
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“Fun Zoo”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

It's a nice zoo but not real big. The kids will love it because they don't get exhausted on a hot Texas summer day, since it only takes 1/2 day to see the animals. I recommend it.

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Dallas, Texas
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“The Dallas Zoo is SO underrated and the Fort Worth Zoo is SO overrated!”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

I went to the Dallas Zoo this past Monday and purchased a membership! This zoo has gone through an epic transformation in recent years and there are many projects in the works. The Fort Worth Zoo gets a lot of attention and is mistakenly referred to as the larger zoo. FYI: Dallas Zoo is 106 acres, Fort Worth Zoo is only 64 acres. I am also, in particular, not pleased with FW Zoo's elephant enclosure as it is too small and barren. Anyway, enough about that. I like the fact that this zoo uses immersion habitats that mimic the species' natural habitats as closely as possible. After all, a zoo is supposed to be educational. The animals are not there to do tricks for people. It is nice that the gorillas, chimpanzees, tigers, and elephants can go off and have some private time and are not forced to be front and center at all times. The gorilla exhibit is quite possibly one of the best in the nation, if not the world. It is 2 acres (most zoos only dedicate ~8,000sf) and has a bachelor troop and soon, a family troop. The chimpanzee habitat is 19,000sf and is situated on a hill with lots of trees. If you go, you simply can not miss the Giants of the Savanna exhibit. The elephants have 5 acres!!! It is so incredible to see elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and impala roaming around together! I recommend spending a good 45 minutes just observing this exhibit so you can catch lots of interesting interactions and behaviors. I learned that the Australian Outback area is about to open an exhibit called Koala Walkabout! I can't wait to check that out next month. Take DART Rail and get off at Dallas Zoo station. It is convenient and a great way to avoid the traffic and fuel costs. I hope you enjoy this underrated zoo and if you like it, then shout it from the rooftops and become a member! It is time for a new narrative regarding the zoos in the Metroplex.

Visited February 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“average”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

it is a zoo, enough said. Some of the areas were really nice for the animals and some were just cages.

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Dallas, Texas
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“Above average zoo with impressive animals”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

The Dallas zoo is not the San Diego Zoo but it is a reasonably impressive zoo with elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, gorillas, rhinos, tigers, etc.

Visited November 2011
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