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“Where are the animals”
Review of Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
Ranked #12 of 245 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 young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed March 17, 2010

March 17, 2010 - we just got back from the Dallas Zoo and we are very disappointed. Not sure if the animals were sleeping or if there just wasn't anything to see, but we basically just wasted an afternoon. We paid $12 each for 6 people and all we did was walk alot. Where are the animals????

2  Thank bjsnowdin
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

I've been to this zoo about 10 years ago and remembered it being a lot of fun. I was glad to see it still was! There were a lot of animals and I was worried when I started seeing a lot of signs about remodeling and construction; I thought that would mean a lot of the animals would be put up or in the process of moving locations, but this was not the case! All the animals were out. They all had a lot of room to roam around, and the landscape in general was wonderful. I wish we could have gone on another day besides Saturday, though. By the time we left around 2pm, they had run out of parking! (Which costs $7, by the way.) I would love to go back sometime when the remodeling is complete!

1  Thank calliejoanna
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

The Dallas Zoo is nice but if you are a photographer who wants to get some pictures
of the animals, forget it. This is more for the kids. It's nice but very hard to get pictures
of some of the animals. Ever since the gorilla escaped, they have more causceous
for the safety of the patrons, which is good. Do what the Ft. Worth Zoo does,and
put them down deep, but still outside. Dallas does not do this. When the New Savanna
opens up, it will be a lot better. It is hard to shoot the TIGERS through the glass, because
it is always dirty with the kids fingerprints, or there is reflections on the glass.

1  Thank TexasPhotographer
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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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