We did it! We crushed our all-time attendance record for the eighth consecutive year with more than 1.2 MILLION guests visiting in our fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
This now marks the third time we’ve exceeded one million visitors in our 129-year history. A huge thanks goes out to our incredible guests for helping us become one of the best AZA-accredited zoos in the nation.
As we look back on some of our accomplishments over the past year, these ones made us particularly proud:
- We opened our $14 million Simmons Hippo Outpost.
- We debuted the eye-catching National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition, featuring photographer Joel Sartore’s stunning images .
- Safari Nights Powered by Breeze Energy brought in a record-breaking crowd!
- Plus, we had an EPIC baby boom, welcoming loved ones like lion Bahati, giraffe Tsavo, two Somali wild asses, endangered tortoises, Caribbean flamingos, a tamandua, Southern ground hornbills and many more.
- We donated more than $347,000 to wildlife conservation efforts across the globe.
- More than $45,000 was raised through our conservation wristband sales.
- And nearly $13,500 was collected by our bird show ravens in Wonders of the Wild Presented by Kimberly-Clark.
- We welcomed 102,807 students through field trips, and 52% were from Title 1 schools.
- We had 786 teachers participate in Dallas Zoo workshops, earning 4,625 CTE credits.
- Our Wild Earth Action Team (WEAT) removed 7 tons of litter from Texas waterways to restore habitat for endangered sea turtles and whooping cranes.
- WEAT also planted 10,000 trees in the Big Thicket National Preserve to restore habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
- WEAT inspired 32,457 guests to make personal pledges for pro-environmental behavior on behalf of animals, like conserving water, using canvas bags and reusable water bottles.
Wild places around the world our need help more than ever, and every visitor we welcome has a part in helping us create a better world for animals everywhere.