Spring breakers are expected to flock to the Fort Worth Zoo for half-price Wednesday, traditionally its busiest day of the year.
With school out for most North Texas districts and Wednesday’s weather promising sunshine instead of snow and ice, zoo officials say they’re prepared for a big crowd.
“We are ready,” zoo spokeswoman Alexis Wilson said. “We are never surprised by spring break.”
While cool weather and gusty winds kept last year’s crowds down to 14,000, the previous year saw a record 26,370 visitors.
This year, the zoo experience will include checking out new additions, including Dilly the giraffe — described as the zoo’s tallest baby.
Bell and Bowie are baby elephants that continue to draw attention, Wilson said. Though they have tripled in size since last year, they look “tiny” next to their mothers.
“They love to swim in the big pool now,” Wilson said.
The zoo also has two baby swans, a baby waterbuck and a baby beaded lizard.
“Not everyone is a reptile fan, but the reptile fans are huge fans,” Wilson said of the venomous lizard.
Zoo traffic near Interstate 30 and University Drive has caused headaches in the past, but zoo officials have fine-tuned plans aimed at minimizing problems. The staff will work parking lots to move visitors swiftly, Wilson said.
The zoo has hired 12 off-duty police officers to help with traffic, she said.
Wilson said less parking is available on grassy areas because they are still wet from the snow and rain. The staff is urging visitors to get to the zoo by using the Safari Shuttle, which runs through Sunday.
“We don’t want people to be stuck in the mud,” she said.
Diane Smith, 817-390-7675
If you go
▪ The Fort Worth Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and children (ages 3 to 12). Children 2 and under get in free. Admission is half-price every Wednesday.
▪ Information: www.fortworthzoo.org
Avoid the traffic headache
▪ The Fort Worth Transportation Authority offers a round-trip shuttle through Sunday. Starting at 9 a.m., it runs every 30 minutes. The last shuttle leaves the zoo at 6 p.m.
▪ People can park near the Intermodal Transportation Center at 1001 Jones St. in downtown Fort Worth and catch a zoo shuttle. It’s $3.50 for adults, $1.75 for students, seniors or people with disabilities, and free for children under 5.
▪ Call 817-215-8600 or visit www.the-t.com.