|Toddlers (2 & under)||Free|
|Parking (per vehicle)||$5|
|Admission is half-price every Wednesday|
The new African Savanna is open at the Fort Worth Zoo and it has been worth the wait. Once inside the zoo, you’ll head for the elephant enclosure (Elephant Springs is coming 2020) and turn to the right. You’ll immediately notice the colorful and welcoming sign for the African Savanna which makes you feel as though you’re not at the Fort Worth Zoo anymore. Immediately you’ll see sites and sounds as if you’re in an African marketplace! It is obvious the facelift has had some inspiration from larger amusement parks like Disney’s Animal Kingdom. All I can say is, well done Fort Worth! The aesthetics really help the overall experience and will no doubt solidify Fort Worth as a nationally ranked top zoo for years to come.
What you came for, the animals! As you approach the main African Savanna attraction, the open grazing land, you’ll discover giraffes, ostriches, zebra, pelicans and two types of African antelope roaming together. A tall bamboo fence wraps around the entire area to provide a 360-degree view of the animals in an atmosphere that mimics their natural environment in Africa. For the first time at the Fort Worth Zoo, guests are able to feed the giraffes at the Giraffe Encounter! Another new attraction causing a lot of excitement is the 70-foot hippopotamus enclosure. Guests can now actually see two amazing hippos under and above the water! The tank’s new technology ensures a clear view for optimal viewing. This was my kid’s absolute favorite new attraction. Bonus- it’s all under a shaded pergola with several benches. A great spot to rest and regroup. The new area also hosts flamingos (the old flamingo exhibits are still open), Southern black rhinos and meerkats.
The 10 acres of the African Savanna also contains a new dining area and gift shop, specializing in African trinkets. In addition, it also has a climate-controlled private event space. With the ability to host up to 1,000 people, this new space will allow its guests to enjoy their private event while overlooking the main viewing area of the African Savanna.
If you’re in the DFW area and have not been to the Fort Worth Zoo or haven’t seen it lately, now is the time to go! Their vision for the new grounds has been worth the wait!
Your Out and About Friend,
Time and day we visited? Friday at 10 am
Level of crowds? Super crowded! Field trips swarm the zoo on Fridays during the Spring. Wednesdays are also crowed as they’re half price. Best tip to avoid crowds, go on a Monday or after 2pm any day.
Restrooms? Yes- 2 new bathrooms (both genders) in the new African Savanna area. Still no family bathroom and only one changing station in each.
Cleanliness of Bathroom? Very Good (especially compared to the older bathrooms)
Recommended age? All
Food Options? Yes, this area has a new cafe (standard concession type food- burgers, chicken strips, fries)
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? Lunch, Snacks, and drinks are all allowed
Stroller friendly? Yes
Safety concerns? None beyond normal awareness of a zoo
Coupons? Every Wednesday, tickets are half-price