Fort Worth Zoo
The oldest, continuous zoo site in Texas, the Fort Worth Zoo, was founded in 1909 with one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock, and a few rabbits. From these humble beginnings, the Zoo has grown into a nationally ranked facility, housing nearly 7,000 native and exotic animals.
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Public reaction to the Zoo’s renaissance has been tremendous. It makes the Fort Worth Zoo one of the most popular attractions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Moreover, the Zoo has been ranked the no. 5 by USA Travel Guide, and Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel. It is also a top zoo by Family Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, and one of the top zoos in the South by Southern Living Reader’s Choice Awards. Lastly, it’s named the number one attraction in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex by Zagat Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide.
Photography & Video
Firstly, the visitor agrees not to commercially use any photography or reproduction taken during any visits to the Fort Worth Zoo. Visitor grants permission to the Fort Worth Zoo and its agent to utilize Visitor’s image, likeness, and/or sound recordings for the purpose whatsoever in perpetuity.
By the City of Fort Worth’s amendment to Ordinance 29.5, a smoking ban has been extended to all parks and other outdoor recreational areas, and as such, the Fort Worth Zoo is a smoke-free environment. The smoking ban applies to all areas in and around the park, sidewalks, benches, parking lots, plazas, and previously designated smoking areas and includes e-cigarettes.
For the safety of park guests, the Zoo discourages large coolers and ice chests. Moreover, outside food and beverage are permitted, except for single-use straws and lids, glass containers, and alcohol. If you choose to have a picnic lunch inside the Zoo, you may take your cooler back to your car and re-enter the Zoo as long as you have your hand stamped before exiting.
The Fort Worth Zoo is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a daycare facility. This designation applies to all buildings and grounds within the Zoo’s boundaries. As such, no weapons, including (but not limited to) knives, clubs, or guns, may be brought into Zoo buildings or onto Zoo grounds.
For the health and safety of our animals and yours, the Fort Worth Zoo does not allow pets on the grounds; however, service animals are permitted. Please check in at member services when you arrive at the Zoo. Additionally, do not leave your pet(s) in your car during your visit to the Zoo.
Code of Conduct
Disrespectful behavior, such as vulgarity, intoxication, theft, loitering, and all other actions that negatively impact other guests, will not be tolerated and will result in ejection from the Zoo without a refund. In addition, the Fort Worth Zoo reserves the right to deny admission, cancel membership, or escort anyone from Zoo grounds if the guest violates park safety and security rules.
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