Fort Worth Zoo
As the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas, the Fort Worth Zoo is a shining example of conservation, education, and entertainment. The zoo, which has approximately 1 million visitors annually, is one of the top in the country, and houses more than 7,000 animals in natural habitat exhibits. The zoo has more than 540 species including 148 species of birds, 172 species of ectotherms—think cold blooded animals—and 72 species of mammals. New in 2018 is the African Savanna, a 10-acre, mixed-species space with giraffe feedings, underwater hippo-viewing, multiple yards for southern black rhinos, and exotic bird aviaries. Must-see animals are the Asian elephants, Komodo dragons, African lions, black rhinos, gorillas, and hippos. There are multiple eateries and gift shops on site, and a 14,000-square-foot children’s splash pad provides pre- or post-zoo fun.