Fort Worth Zoo Curator of Ectotherms Diane Barber shares what made this recent
Texas horned lizard release so important.
Earlier in October, we released 105 Texas horned lizards into their native range at
Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area. In total, 260 lizards were released this year
and 205 of those hatched here at the Zoo. This is a record number of lizards hatched
and released in one year for us. We will track their movements and behaviors over the
next few weeks and we are thankful to play a part in increasing their numbers along
with the Texas Parks & Wildlife and other Texas zoos.
And, we're proud to be part of a team that cares deeply about increasing populations
of species, like the Texas horned lizard, that are threatened or endangered, both here
at home and across the globe.
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 (that cover both nose and mouth) to enter Zoo grounds.
If you are consuming food or beverage, or can remain socially distant, masks
may be temporarily removed.
The requirement of a face covering does not apply if covering the nose and
mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual.
Do your part! Help us keep everyone safe. Maintain social distance. Be mindful
of other groups, especially around popular exhibits. Give each other at least 6
feet of space and mask up in these areas. We all have a personal responsibility
to adhere to these guidelines.
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
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
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
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.