MONARCH MIGRATION 🦋: Have you seen all these beauties flying around the Zoo lately? We're experiencing the annual #MonarchButterfly migration, and it blows us away every year. The #butterflies are passing through as they make their way to Mexico for winter, which will take them about two months to complete. They’re loving our #milkweed and nectar plants, like these Gregg's mistflowers found near the hippo habitat!
Thankfully, we have plenty of plants for our pollinators to enjoy. Milkweed habitat is critical to the survival of monarchs, which have declined by 68% in the past 22 years, and a big culprit is the disappearance of milkweed in the U.S. Plant milkweed in your backyard and contribute to the monarchs’ success!
MUST WATCH! Today marks the second-ever #WorldOkapiDay and we’re sharing the story of Dallas Zoo’s important history in the preservation of this elusive animal. About 75 percent of all #okapi living in AZA-accredited zoos are related to Dallas Zoo offspring. And while we’re working hard to ensure their survival in human care, we’re deeply committed to protecting them in the wild with our partner @OkapiConservation. With as few as 10,000 #okapis left in the Congo, we hope you’ll consider donating today to help save “Africa’s unicorn” at OkapiConservation.org. 🔸Watch the FULL video at YouTube.com/DallasZooTube 🔸 #endextinction#zoosmatter#savingspecies
SEE YA, BEAUTIES! Jax and Sophie, our gorgeous foster #jaguars, leave next week to go back to The Texas Zoo. It's been a pleasure caring for this male-female pair, and we're proud to have stepped up when they needed a temporary home after Harvey impacted their small Victoria zoo. We'll always cherish our time with these special cats! #catsofinstagram
It's Friday the 13th. And it's October. 🎃 This has only happened 3 times in the past 20 years. If you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th – we swear we didn't make this up), we can help.
Here are 13 glorious reasons why you should visit the Dallas Zoo on #FridayThe13th.
1. We have animals. Animals make people happy.
2. Watching #meerkats play in fall leaves is as basic as it gets – and you love it.
3. Hugging goats is a thing, and you should try it in Children's Zoo. (It’s better than goat yoga.)
4. Dippin' Dots ice cream cures everything. (Except diabetes.)
5. Our baby boom this year is kind of a big deal.
6. Hippos Boipelo and Adhama are #RelationshipGoals and cuddle better than anyone.
7. Observing our creepy-crawlies in the Herpetarium and Bug U! can be therapeutic – if you're into that kind of thing.
8. We have beer on draft. You're welcome.
9. Watching baby elephant Ajabu run around with his trunk up and ears out is life changing.
10. After people feed our giraffes, we usually hear, "This is the best day of my life." FACT.
11. You need to let your hair down and take a wild spin on our carousel. (Pics or it didn’t happen.)
12. Cheetah Winspear has a best friend that’s a dog named Amani. For real.
13. Get off Instagram and come hang #IRL (in real life). But don't forget to tag us!
WE DID IT! We just hit our 8th consecutive year of record attendance with more than 1.2 MILLION people visiting in our fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. 🎉 WATCH this highlight video of some of our accomplishments from the past year that've made us particularly proud. Cheers to you for helping us become one of the best AZA-accredited zoos in the nation. 🔸More details about achievements we made in conservation, education and beyond - link's in our bio!🔸 FACT: We love you more than baby Bahati loves cat naps.
FOR THE ❤️ OF GORILLAS: Thanks to you, we raised more than $11,200 for #gorilla conservation during our World Gorilla Week celebration. YEAH! These critical funds will help the @GraceGorillas build two lookout towers to better protect and monitor their orphaned gorillas, AND will help @SavingGorillas pay for the salary of an anti-poaching ranger. 🔸We also collected nearly 300 old cell phones that we'll properly recycle! (One of the biggest threats to wild gorillas is habitat destruction through coltan mining, which is a mineral widely used in cell phones.) 🔸Plus, 3,257 Zoo guests made personal pledges to make simple pro-environmental changes at home to benefit animals everywhere.
See, some cats DO like water! Tigers are one of the few cat species that enjoy swimming. 🐯 Melati cooled off in the pool recently and keeper Marie Fillpek was there to capture it. It's rare we actually make it in time to shoot a swim session up-close! #tiger#catsofinstagram#swimming
Because watching giant #anteaters smash into ostrich eggs is fun. Jimi and Tullah know how to cut loose on a Friday. (P.S. the eggs have been drained and they're just enjoying exploring them!) 🎥: keeper Libby Hayes #giantanteater
CALL IN THE HUMAN DOCS! Our medical community always amazes us. Our beloved giant Galápagos tortoise Twelve developed a pressure wound on his leg that wasn't healing, so we called in UT Southwestern Medical Center's wound care expert to help treat our 30-year-old boy. It'll be a slow recovery process, but Twelve's wound is getting smaller. 🐢
Bahati is just your average fall-loving, apple-bobbing girl. (But she hates pumpkin spice anything.) 🍁🍂 As the cooler weather rolls in, we're moving to our fall/winter hours! Starting Oct. 1, the Zoo will close an hour earlier at 4 p.m. We still open at 9 a.m.! 🎥: keeper Sara Bjerklie #lion#babylion#catsofinstagram#fall