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.
Since 1992, the Zoo has opened 16 major exhibits and support facilities, virtually creating a new zoo. Ten years of improvements and Association management was celebrated with the addition of Texas Wild! in 2001, which houses six distinct exhibits within an 8-acre complex.
Public reaction to the Zoo's renaissance has been tremendous, making the Fort Worth Zoo one of the most popular attractions in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Zoo has been ranked the no. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, a top zoo by Family Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, one of the top zoo's in the South by Southern Living Reader's Choice Awards, and named the number one attraction in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex by Zagat Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide.
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