It was a beautiful winter Saturday that we decided to venture to the Dallas Zoo. The price was right at $7 each for their winter rate.
Right away we found that the zoo is divided into two main sections – Zoo North and Wilds of Africa. This post will focus only on the Zoo North section as we ended up with nearly 200 pictures during our 4 hour visit.
While we did not attend the shows there are many held at the amphitheater near the entrance of the zoo. Here you can find out from park personnel about various animals at the zoo and get a chance to get up close to them.
We arrived early at the zoo. One of the first exhibits is the lemur pen. As we stopped by they were letting out the lemurs for feeding (and showing off).
After crossing over Flamingo Bridge you come to Flamingo Pond. Not much of a surprise by name but the beauty of the flamingos themselves was breath-taking.
Just off of the Flamingo Pond is the Children’s Zoo. Note the cute statues that line the path to this section of the zoo. There are many of them. More can be found in our gallery below.
We visited the Children’s Zoo even though we did not bring kids with us. Unfortunately the features of this area were not operating this early in the day. So I just got to play in the large fountain area in the middle because I’m a big kid at heart.
We opted for an early lunch as the Prime Meridian Café had opened. The menu was pretty good and – as usual – I had a cheeseburger. I have to admit it feels a bit strange ordering a burger at the zoo but I was hungry.
If you want to get close to some beautiful birds check out Lorikeet Landing.
You can get very close. You can also feed them if you buy some food. These are just gorgeous multicolored birds.
At the most northern part of the park are the Australian animal exhibits. Here I caught one of the kangaroos in mid-hop. There were also emus, wallabys, and kookaburras as well.
The koala bears get there own home. They pretty much eat most of the day. Tough to get a good picture of these cute little animals due to the reflections off of the glass enclosure.
From cuddly and cute you move onto the tiger exhibit. This magnificent creature doesn’t move around much but is a wonderful view. The downside is that there are a lot of fencing types to keep them from getting out and feel comfortable in their surroundings. This doesn’t make for great viewing but any view is a good one with these animals.
Making our way back towards the Africa section we pass by picnic ridge. This obviously has a dinosaur theme to it and a train ride that circles the area. Don’t worry, the insurance should cover your car.
Most have heard of the anteater but I think few have actually seen them up close. Very interesting animals.
Past the anteater pen are a number of large bird cages. Here the harpy eagle poses for a picture.
We pass through Marsalis Park where there are a few big cat exhibits and an area were you can sit and relax or picnic. If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the most amazing animal on the planet here – the human. They can be quite fascinating to watch here in their natural environment.
Passing by the lemur pen again you come to the very popular elephant fountains. This leads to the gateway (or tunnel) to the Wilds of Africa section of the park. This is a very popular picture spot for many.
Upon visiting the zoo we wondered why we didn’t do this sooner. It is a fantastic place to visit. Never boring and filled with at least a day’s worth of adventure.
Helpful hint: get there early!! Parking is limited and we saw a long line of cars waiting to park as we left in the mid afternoon. We would recommend using the DART transportation if it works for you. It will drop you off right across the street from the entrance. Parking is $8.00 per car.
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