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Nakuru - the national park in the region of which this species of giraffe is found

Nakuru The new Giraffe calf

Fort Worth Zoo - No. 1 Zoo in North America

The Fort Worth Zoo has reopened!

The giraffe herd grew by 6 feet and 2 inches! A male calf was born to mom Acacia on June 15 and can now be seen out on exhibit with the rest of the giraffe herd and Savanna residents. Zoo members, guests and social media followers were invited to particiapte in an online vote to help name the not-so-little guy. Mom's name is Acacia, which is a type of shrub native to Africa and its leaves are part of the giraffes' diet. Staff narrowed the internal list down to two names, each has its own significance, Alfalfa and Nakuru.

Alfalfa - a plant, like Mom's name; also part of the herd's diet
Nakuru - the national park in the region of which this species of giraffe is found

More than 5,400 votes were cast and it was a close race, but Nakuru edged out Alfalfa by a few hundred votes. Thank you to all who helped us name this little guy!


Here's what you need to know:

In compliance with the executive order of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, all Zoo staff and guests 10 years of age and older are required to wear a face covering on Zoo grounds.

For the health and safety of Zoo staff and guests, it is required that:

  • People 10 years and older must wear face coverings.
  • Face coverings cover the nose and mouth and may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandannas or handkerchiefs.
  • Everyone maintain social distance.


Changes to Our Operation:

Reservations Required: Everyone (except children 2 and younger) must have a reservation. All reservations must be made online before arriving at the Zoo – ticket booths will be closed. Reservations become active and available on the website 3 days prior to the day you visit.

Member Reservations: Members must also make reservations, but they are free. Multiple reservations can be made under one member ID; however, when entering the Zoo, each member ticket must be accompanied by a member ID.

Timed Entry: Choose the time block you want to enter the Zoo, then stay as long as you like. There will be no re-entry. Please ensure that you have everything with you before entering the Zoo.

Touchless Entry: Print your reservations at home, or have the barcode ready to scan from your mobile device. Each member ticket must be accompanied by a member ID.

Sanitation & Safety Protocols: A designated “Clean Team” will disinfect restrooms and high-touch areas on a schedule throughout the entire day. All Zoo staff will be wearing masks.

Limited Capacities: A limited number of people will be admitted each day. Restaurants, shops and attractions will operate at a limited capacity.

Safety Reminders: Signage throughout the Zoo will remind guests of the importance of social distancing, wearing masks and handwashing. Markers on the ground and at exhibits will indicate social distancing placement.

Guest Responsibilities:

Six Feet of Safety: Please practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet of space between your party and other Zoo guests and staff.

Masks and Face Coverings: In compliance with the executive order of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, all Zoo staff and guests 10 years of age and older are required to wear a face covering on Zoo grounds.

Hand washing: Please wash your hands often, especially after encountering high-touch areas. The Zoo provides restrooms and temporary handwashing stations throughout the park.

Stay Home: If you or someone in your group is feeling ill, or if you are high-risk and are uncomfortable in public groups, please stay home. We look forward to your visiting at a later date.

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