Take a Walk on the Wild Side at the Dallas Zoo

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Are you looking for something to do on a sunny day?

Then head to the Dallas Zoo.

It’s both the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas, and visitors have walked through the gates since 1888. 

There are several exhibits to explore such as the Simmons Hippo Outpost. Highlights include:

Hippos

When the exhibit opened in 2017, the hippos made a triumphant return to Dallas. They spend their day in their 120,000-gallon pool, and an underwater viewing window brings visitors eye-to-nostril with these magnificent animals. 

Hippos are the third-largest land mammal. Their name is derived from the Greek word meaning “river horse,” and they can stay totally submerged for more than five minutes. In the wild, hippos play an important role in the ecology of inland water by keeping the waterways clear of excessive vegetation. 

Okapi

While once thought to be related to the zebra, okapis weren’t identified as a distinct species until the early 1900s. They’re shy and secretive and live in the tropical mountain forests of central Africa. Okapis are identified by their stripes and long, prehensile tongues that are similar to a giraffe’s. 

Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari

For a unique view of the Simmons Hippo Outpost, hop aboard the Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail. You will also see five African habitats not accessible on foot. In addition to the hippos and okapis, other animals spotted along the way include bongos, lesser kudus, and red river hogs. The monorail covers a one-mile loop at three to four miles per hour. Over the last 25 years, the train has served nearly four million visitors, making it one of the zoo’s most popular experiences.

If you would like to live near the zoo, please contact us. We will arrange a tour of our Dallas apartments where you can see firsthand all our vibrant community has to offer. 

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