Habitat Protection for All

The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park share a common goal – our staff is dedicated to creating a better world for animals. And 2017 was a banner year for our team as we worked together to protect and preserve habitats for animals and humans by continuing to grow our organization-wide recycling program.

Caring for the Environment

This past year was our most productive year to-date with 101 tons of materials recycled! That included:

  • 34 tons of metal
  • 27 tons of paperboard
  • 656 wood pallets
  • 28 tons of co-mingled recycling for the city of Dallas Community Recycling Program
  • As well as cell phones, electronics, printer cartridges, plastic bags and Styrofoam for recycling

Keeping as much waste as possible out of the local landfill is an important goal, as is ensuring that valuable and limited natural resources are preserved by recycling materials for the creation of new products. The Zoo creates its own mulch and compost for use on grounds by reusing our landscape debris and vegetable food waste. During 2017, we produced a total of 235 cubic yards of these materials, saving an estimated $8,500.00.

Restoring Habitats

The Dallas Zoo is working to protect and restore wildlife habitat here locally and across the state.   

  • Our teams have planted 21,000 longleaf pines to restore habitat for the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.
  • We’ve planted 400 native prairie plants to create new habitats for imperiled Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Along Cedar Creek, the Trinity River, and across the Texas coast, we’ve removed 10 tons of litter pollution from wildlife habitat including nesting habitat for the critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.
  • With an understanding that all conservation is human behavior, the Zoo and Aquarium have also facilitated about 40,000 personal commitments for conservation from staff and guests. People are inspired by wildlife and pledge to do what they can to help through pro-environmental behaviors including picking up ten pieces of litter pollution every Tuesday, choosing sustainable seafood, extending the life of their mobile phone, conserving energy at home, and pledging to never buy ivory.

The Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park are very proud of our accomplishments during this past year. We look forward to continuing to do our best to protect both animal and human habitats.

Deborah Zimmern, Director of Environmental Service, Dallas Zoo Management, Inc.


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