As both the oldest and the largest zoo in Texas, the Dallas Zoo is a favorite of animal lovers both living in and visiting the area. Situated on 106 acres, the zoo is home to hundreds of animals large and small and from countries located all over the globe. There is a herd of five elephants at the park, as well as giraffes,
cheetahs, ostriches, and zebras, all in the Giants of the Savannah habitat.
Visitors can also see the Wilds of Africa adventure safari area which is home to gorillas, okapi, and chimpanzees. Other specialized areas include a koala habitat, a reptile and amphibian center (with albino alligators!) an otter and a penguin exhibit.
The Dallas Zoo is home to several endangered species and does its part to protect and conserve the world’s animal life. Aside from the zoo’s conservation projects, there is even a small children’s carousel featuring endangered species to educate from a young age.
The Dallas Zoo is located in Marsalis Park, about three miles from downtown Dallas. Parking is available if you choose to drive there, or take the DART Red Line right to the zoo. Admission costs $15 for adults and $12 for youth ages 3-11 and seniors over 65. The zoo is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.