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  • Dallas Zoo
    Dallas Zoo’s unlikeliest of friends, a cheetah named Winspear and a labrador named Amani, are the stars of the Cheetah Encounter show. The attraction features a 75-yard run equipped with radar guns and timekeeping displays that broadcast the animals’ speeds as they sprint, play, and dodge the smaller animals roaming around.
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    650 S R L Thornton Fwy
    Dallas, TX US
  • Fort Worth Zoo
    Nearly 7,000 native and exotic species call this zoo home, including cheetahs, meerkats, and penguins. In addition to a petting zoo that let’s kids meet and mingle with goats, an armadillo, and a Texas longhorn, there are also family-friendly attractions such as a tornado simulator, a 25-foot climbing wall, and a country-themed carousel.
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    1989 Colonial Pkwy
    Fort Worth, TX US
  • Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
    When the sun shines on the inky black coat of 8-Ball, an Asian leopard, you can see the intricate pattern of spots on his fur. What you may not notice are the scars on his neck, remnants of having been chained up in a pool hall by a former owner. When the owner could no longer keep him, 8-Ball was sent to a drive-thru safari park that was later shut down by the USDA. But all of that must seem like a faraway nightmare to 8-Ball, as he now enjoys the security, ample food, and medical care at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge. He is among the more than 40 big cats that have been rescued and rehabilitated, trading lives of abuse, neglect, and misplacement for environs that executive director Brian Werner calls a "living resort." The facility is owned and operated by Tiger Missing Link, a nonprofit organization that Werner chartered in 1995. After diligent research, Werner began creating a big-cat sanctuary on a 25-acre property that Werner owned. He and his family lived in a small cabin with no running water, heat, or air conditioning, clearing the land themselves and going door to door to garner support for the project. It certainly wasn't easy, but through the hard work of volunteers and some big-time press—including features on Animal Planet's 2007 Tiger Week and Good Morning America—the shelter's reputation and facilities continue to grow. The refuge aims to raise visitors' awareness of the plight of large cats in the wild, and it plans to expand to add more natural habitats and observatories. Landscapers have even built a waterfall habitat where the tigers can exercise while trying not to puncture their plastic inner tubes. This feature may have been the favorite amenity for two of Michael Jackson's tigers that, according to a KLTV 7 story, have called the space home.
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    17552 FM 14
    Tyler, TX US
  • Texas Discovery Gardens
    At noon every day, a new flock of butterflies is released into the butterfly house at Texas Discovery Gardens, opening their colorful wings for the first time among the lush vegetation. Counted among their number are elegant species such as the monarch and the blue morpho, while an outdoor nursery attracts native butterflies with nectar-rich plants and attractive butterfly buffets. This is just one of the ten themed areas on the 7.5-acre estate, which brims with vibrant collections of plants collected from around the world and is maintained using sustainable, organic methods. The newly renovated Tribute Garden invites visitors to relax in the shade next to a bubbling fountain, and the Master Gardeners' Garden demonstrates landscaping practices that are both attractive and environmentally friendly. The organization also offers education and outreach programs for children to teach them about life cycles and natural landscapes, as well as increase their understanding and appreciation for nature. Visitors can also attend festivals including the Butterflies and Bugs Family Festival on August 3, as well as special programing such as Sunrise Pilates and guided nature walks.
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    3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
    Dallas, TX US
  • Trinity River Audubon Society
    The largest urban bottomland hardwood forest on the continent, Great Trinity Forest is a sprawling 6,000-acre expanse of greenery that's home to more than 130 species of birds and Trinity River Audubon Center headquarters, named by D magazine one of the things You Must Do in Dallas. With your Family Pass you'll receive a plethora of exclusive perks, including a newsletter subscription, unlimited free admission for two adults and their children or grandchildren, free Third Thursday lectures, discounts on summer camps and other programming and amnesty in the coming avian war on mankind. Family Pass holders also gain access to restricted bird-watching hours on Friday and Saturday, ideal for observing the glamorous lives of the forest's American red-tailed hawk, horned lark, yellow-billed cuckoo, great blue heron, and more.
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    6500 South Loop 12
    Dallas, TX US
  • Dallas World Aquarium
    The Dallas World Aquarium devotes eight stories to its Mundo Maya exhibit, a celebration of the plants and animals featured in ancient Mayan folklore. Sharks and sawfish swim through the 400,000-gallon walk-through cenote portion, while Pintada, a female jaguar, prowls her own temple grounds. Exotic birds, reptiles, and even vampire bats await in the aquarium's other displays.
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    1801 North Griffin Street
    Dallas, TX US

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