The Dallas and Fort Worth zoos are having a summer baby boom. Both have new giraffe calves: a girl named Tana in Dallas and a boy named Nakuru in Fort Worth. Dallas also has a zebra foal named Sukari, and Fort Worth has a young lesser kudu. Both zoos also have safety modifications, including masks for ages 10 and older, advance tickets required for timed entry, limited capacity and some indoor areas that are closed.
The Dallas Zoo has recently reopened the giraffe feeding platform, the herpetarium, the gorilla viewing area, the carousel and the mini train. The zoo also announced last week that the Adventure Safari Monorail and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will remain closed permanently.
The Fort Worth Zoo was recently named the top zoo in USA Today’s 10 Best Zoos contest. A panel of judges selected the top 10, then popular vote determined the ranking. Visitors have access to most areas, including the outdoor penguin exhibit, the Toyota Children’s Ranch and Petting Corral, Stingray Cove, the train and the carousel. Safari Splash, a 14,000-square-foot water play area, is open with limited capacity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Dallas Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas. $17 for adults, $14 for ages 3-11 and 65 and older, free for ages 2 and younger. Parking is $10. dallaszoo.com.
The Fort Worth Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Aug. 31 at 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. $16 for adults, $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, free for ages 2 and younger. Admission is half-price on Wednesdays. $5 for Safari Splash tickets, $4 for Stingray Cove. Parking is $5. fortworthzoo.org.