Fort Worth Zoo
The Fort Worth Zoo is one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of Texas. It is the home to more than 7,000 exotic and native animals. The zoo first opened doors in the early years of the 20th century, specifically in 1909. Back then, it had only a few rabbits, two bears, one lion, an alligator, a peacock, and a coyote. Just a little over 100 years later, the population of the zoo continuously grew, and so did the interest of the tourists from all over the world.
Nowadays, Fort Worth Zoo is the home to over 540 species, such as mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians to name a few. In addition to interactive activities, there are a lot of camps and exhibits in the zoo. Among some of the exhibits are Penguins, World of Primates, Asian Falls, Flamingo Bay, Australian Outback, Cheetahs, Meerkat Mounds, African Savanna, Parrot Paradise, and Texas Wild.
- PENGUINS - home to a colony of African and southern rockhopper penguins.
- WORLD OF PRIMATES - includes primates like the bonobos, mandrills, Sumatran orang-utans, Northern white-cheeked gibbons, and western lowland gorilla troop.
- ASIAN FALLS - it showcases the (Asian) elephant complex. Other interesting animals that can be seen here are an anon, a sloth bear, a pair of striped hyenas, white tigers, Malayan tigers, and Indian rhinoceroses.
- FLAMINGO BAY is the home to over 70 exotic flamingos. Some of the species that can be found here are the American, Chilean, and lesser flamingoes.
- AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK - one of the most visited exhibits, mainly because it includes the Great Barrier Reef. Besides red kangaroos and Tammar wallabies, the Australian Outback offers a collection of 500 Australian aquatic animals that represent 86 different species.
- CHEETAHS is where visitors can find the zoo’s cheetahs, as well as bongos, red river hogs, and warthogs.
- MEERKAT MOUNDS - this exhibit features an entire colony of peculiar and very social meerkats.
- AFRICAN SAVANNA - one of the most recently renovated exhibits. Giraffes, zebras, gazelles, kudu, ostrich, and springbok are some of the many animals that can be seen here.
- PARROT PARADISE - another favorite in the Fort Worth Zoo is the Parrot Paradise. As the name suggests, this place is a paradise for all the parrot lovers. Some of the species that can be seen here are the budgerigars, cockatiels, macaws, and rosellas.
- TEXAS WILD - the place for all of the Texas native animals - swift foxes, burrowing owls, roadrunners, ferrets, and prairie dogs to name a few.
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