Dallas, Texas, May 15, 2013 – The Dallas
 announced that it is the first zoo in North America to combine African
elephants with zebras, giraffes, impalas, ostriches and guinea fowl in the same
habitat, where these majestic animals can explore the award-winning Giants
of the Savanna habitat
 side by side, just as they would in the wild.

The Dallas Zoo’s innovative exhibit is a key player in Dallas’ recent
advancement as a world-class cultural destination, attracting visitors to Dallas
along with the Dallas Arts District – the largest arts district in the nation
(spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks), the Perot Museum of Nature and
Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The Giants of the Savanna habitat was built, in part, in response to national
attention the Dallas Zoo received in 2009 regarding Jenny, an African elephant
that has been in the Dallas Zoo’s care since 1986. Today, Jenny, along with
fellow African elephants Mama, Gypsy, Kamba and Congo, live in the Giants of the
Savanna habitat and like all elephants, are naturally social, intelligent
animals with strong personalities. They’re older, female elephants, but very
active. That’s why the Zoo started calling them their “Golden Girls.”

“The Giants of the Savanna continues to be a game changer for the Dallas Zoo,”
said Gregg Hudson, president and CEO of Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. “It is two
decades of vision, a dream of what could be, finally becoming reality. Today,
the Dallas Zoo is recognized as an innovator and a national and international
leader in elephant care. We have zoos and elephant experts from all over the
world coming here, asking us how we are doing it . . . telling us they plan to
do exactly as we have done. We are extremely pleased with Giants of the Savanna,
how we navigated the journey it took to get here and the great team we have in
place. Most of all, we’re proud of how this habitat has provided a caring,
comfortable and stimulating environment for our elephants, our Golden Girls.”

“The Giants of the Savanna is a mentally and physically stimulating habitat for
the animals,” said Lynn Kramer, DVM, vice president of animal operations and
welfare for Dallas Zoo Management Inc. “The design is based on field research.
In the wild, elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas all move around a lot because
they are looking for food, water, and companionship. We created an
activity-based, multi-species habitat with the same incentives to encourage them
to travel throughout the entire space. The elephants are the largest – so the
other animals move around the Savanna based on where the elephants choose to go.
The Giants of the Savanna habitat, with over four acres open to the elephants,
gives the animals room to roam. We’re observing how they use their space and how
an active lifestyle impacts their health and then we share that information with
our fellow zoos and researchers studying elephants in the wild.”

“What the animal experts here at the Giants of the Savanna are doing is bringing
different kinds of animals together in one habitat as these animals would live
on the savanna in Africa,” said Michael L. Meadows, president and chief
executive officer of the Dallas Zoological Society. “But the addition of
elephants has never been done before here in the U.S. and that makes the Dallas
Zoo a must-see, destination zoo. Our peers from other zoos in the Association of
Zoos and Aquariums are coming to the Dallas Zoo and calling us a leader . . .
With the Giants of the Savanna continuing to thrive and evolve, we truly believe
the Dallas Zoo is poised to become one of the best zoological parks in the
country. Our donors say they are excited to be associated with one of the
premier elephant care leaders in the country and to help the outstanding
veterinarians, scientists and keepers here take advantage of unprecedented
opportunities to learn about and from these animals.”

“The new elephant facility at the Dallas Zoo may represent the future of
elephant habitats in zoos in North America,” said Jack Hanna, director emeritus
of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, conservationist, television personality and
author. “Over the last 30 years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world to
learn about many awe-inspiring creatures. I’ve been blessed to see animals in
the wild, but I know many people will not have that opportunity. The good news
is that if you can get to Dallas, you can see elephants, giraffes, and zebras
all living together – just as you would on safari in Africa!”

The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, 75203.
Admission is $15 for ages 12-64, $12 for ages 3-11 and 65+, and free for ages 2
and younger.

Web: www.dallaszoo.com, Phone: (469)


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