The Dallas Zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas. The employees at this zoo are perfectionists that seem to pay attention to every detail so that guests have unique and memorable experiences. As I mentioned before, we think that a trip to the Dallas Zoo adds a unique and amazing aspect to a "good childhood". As a mom to a six year old, the Dallas Zoo is one of my top picks for attractions in the DFW metro.
Let's start with the schedule of Keeper Chats. These are unique experiences to meet the passionate zoo keepers who show off their favorite animals and fascinating information about them. Our son loved learning firsthand from them. Here is the schedule for the day that we visited:
Schedule of keeper chats
9:30 a.m.: Macaw keeper talk
9:45 a.m.: Cheetah Encounter
11:00 a.m: Wonders of the Wild bird and mammal show (in the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater)
11:30 a.m.: Lemur keeper talk
12:30 p.m.: Reptile keeper talk
1:00 p.m.: Wonders of the Wild bird and mammal show (in the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater)
1:30 p.m.: Wings of Wonder keeper talk
1:30 p.m.: Otter keeper talk
2:00 p.m.: Cheetah Encounter
2:00 p.m.: Primate Place keeper talk
2:15 p.m.: Koala Walkabout keeper talk
2:30 p.m.: Wings of Wonder keeper talk
3:00 p.m.: Wonders of the Wild bird and mammal show (in the Wonders of the Wild Amphitheater)
3:00 p.m.: Tiger keeper talk
Please keep in mind that schedule may vary based on the date that you visit, but this is a great example of the broad variety of animals and chats at the zoo.
There are also plenty of opportunities to interact with the animals. For instance, we attended a few hands-on feedings in which we were able to see animals close. Here is a photo from a giraffe feeding. I have to admit that I am jealous that a giraffe licked my husband's hand. I want giraffe kisses too! My son giggles that Dad was the chosen one.
We also fed nectar to lorikeets. The birds were beautiful and friendly. My son was nervous at first, but seemed comfortable after a few minutes. This is a testament to the Dallas Zoo because they created an inviting and comfortable environment in which my nervous son could relax and feel comfortable to interact with the lorikeets.
Finally, the boys fed some Galapagos tortoises. This was a lot of fun. Aren't they cute below? My son was a bit timid, so we were grateful for this peaceful experience in which he grew as a person and became more confident and intrigued by the tortoises.
In addition to the fun and interactive features above, there are also plenty of attractions to explore on your own. You could easily spend the entire day visiting the many animals throughout the 106 acre zoo. For instance, we loved the Ghosts from the Bayou exhibits that my son says was a bit "scary".
The alligator below was particularly unique!
The Dallas Zoo also offers opportunities for you to take a break from walking while still enjoying the amazing animals. For instance, the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari Monorail is one of those opportunities.
This cozy ride is a great opportunity to relax with your family while enjoying an exotic experience with your family that includes waterfalls and lush landscaping with surprises around every corner.
The variety of African animals was impressive! Check out this cutie.
The Dallas Zoo offers something for everyone. Every child in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro should have an experience at the Dallas Zoo because they offer memories that last a lifetime. As I mentioned earlier, the employees at the Dallas Zoo are perfectionists who pay close attention to detail to make sure that visitors have unique and memorable experiences. We can't wait to visit again!
Visit the Dallas Zoo website to plan your trip and purchase tickets. You will also want to check out their special events such as Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo, camps, and more!
We give credit and a big "Thank you" to the Dallas Zoo for the photographs above that have the Dallas Zoo logo in the bottom right corner.