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“This Zoo should be closed”
Review of Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
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Ranked #27 of 255 things to do in Dallas
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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
Reviewed November 24, 2009

This is the worst zoo that I have ever been too. This is not a habitat zoo where the animals are equipped with surroundings similar to their habitat. The birds are kept in cages which is similar to keeping humans in boxes. The tortoises, who are migratory animals that swim hundreds of miles were kept in enclosed areas with not much water, the continent animals (Lions, tigers, etc. from Africa, Asia, etc. ) were kept in small areas where they could not roam unaware of their human spectators. The ASPCA and PETA have placed all zoos but in particular zoos such as this on their list of places to avoid mainly because its not catered towards keeping the animals in places similar to their native habitat. I have gone to many zoos and this is the first one where the animals literally looked sad. I had three other companions with me all who agreed wholeheartedly that this place is not good for any of the animals there. I would not patronize this zoo again, and asked the ASPCA if it would be shut down, but unfortunately Texas and federal law don't give much credence to the rights of animals. If you want to support zoos visit habitat zoos like the Fort Worth zoo which is about one hour away but 100 times better than Dallas.

4  Thank cdksunshine
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

make sure and bring 7 dollars to park a little steep and it has to be cash, also extra cash for pony rides and carasel. they did take credit cards at the monorail. This zoo is huge and very nice! the bathrooms were clean. Next time we will pack our lunch because food was a little pricey. We loved the children zoo it was fun to watch the kids in the petting zoo and also they had a little creek that ran through the childrens zoo that you could wade in so bring extra clothes for your little ones. Overall one of the best trips we have taken in a long time!

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Reviewed August 22, 2009

My family are AZA zoo members and travel to zoos all over when we travel. We live near Dallas but had not been to their zoo in many years. The animals are moving and live in well cared for habitats. The previous writer wrote about the small enclosure for the elephants but if they would have read the info; Dallas is building a larger area for the elephants, lions and others. We don't agree with them charging to ride the monorail that takes you to see exhibits that you can only see from this vantage point. When you pay at most zoos over $10 plus to get in, it's not right that they charge to ride this and that plus the high cost of food. Very impressed; especially since it opened in 1888.

1  Thank BushkaTexas
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Reviewed July 28, 2009

My son, husband, and I recently visited the Dallas Zoo. We were extremely disappointed with our experience. Most of the exhibits were closed, even though the day was nice and sunny, and I was very concerned with the space alloted per animal. The poor elephants' pin was so small that they couldn't even turn a full circle without hitting a fence line. They also use electric fencing around the cages. My suggestion would be to spend five extra dollars and visit the Fort Worth Zoo. There, you get your money's worth!

1  Thank teammelot
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

The Dallas Zoo has come leaps and bounds from where it was 5-6 years ago. From the newly renovated entrance to the addition of penguins, Nile crocodiles, and the overall park experience, it is a very pleasant surprise. At over 100 acres, it's the largest zoo in the state of Texas, and it's very stroller friendly with large walkways and shady areas. The Lacerte Family children's zoo has one of the best interactive bird aviaries where you can feed mynah birds, vulterine guineafowl, wood hoopoes, and the normal cockatiels and lorikeets. There's also a wonderful stream that runs through the middle of the zoo which is perfect for cooling the kids off on a summer day. One of the most anticpated exhibits is scheduled for 2010 when the Giants of the Savanna habitat opens. It's said to be 10 acres in size and will house elephants, lions, zebra, wild dogs, and even allow giraffe feeding for the first time. It may be one of the larger zoo habitats of its kind in North America and finally phase out the older habitats which have been around for more than 50 years. This zoo will surprise alot of first timers and shock those that came to the zoo when they were younger. It's that much better.

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