Location650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75203 | Get Directions
The largest statue in Texas—an enormous giraffe that hovers over I-35—marks the entrance to the Dallas Zoo, which has brought wildlife from around the world to North Texas since 1888. Today, the zoo covers 106 acres and houses more than 1,800 exotic animals.
On the northwest side of the park, ZooNorth has plenty of cuddly-looking creatures, as well as a few with more intimidating dispositions. The Otter Outpost, Primate Place, and Australian Outback (with kangaroos and wallabies) are kid pleasers, as is the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, which has animal feeding, pony rides, play areas, and a free-flowing stream.
The zoo’s east end is where you’ll find the expansive Wilds of Africa. The 11-acre Giants of the Savanna, which opened in 2010, houses African wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, cheetahs, and lions. Take a walk on the Gorilla Trail, where you can go at your own pace, or get off your feet with the Monorail Safari, a narrated tour that sends you through six habitats. The Wilds of Africa is home to rare animals such as Okapi, only displayed at about 40 institutions worldwide, and Klipspringers, small antelope that can jump more than 20 feet in the air. More familiar creatures like gorillas, crocodiles, penguins, meerkats, and chimps also inhabit the area.