Fort Worth Zoo
Named the #1 Zoo in North America in USA Today’s Best Zoo contest (2020), The Fort Worth Zoo covers 60 developed acres and has undergone continual expansion since opening in 1910.
Dunaway has proudly provided services to the Fort Worth Zoo since 1999 beginning with topography and as-built surveys, site development, and civil services and expanding to property and GIS mapping, flood control, utility coordination, and expansion planning. Our multi-disciplined team has been integral in dozens of Fort Worth Zoo projects ranging from campus improvements and planning to building enhancements and new exhibits.
Recent notable projects include:
The first stage of A Wilder Vision, the African Savanna exhibit opened to the public in the spring of 2018. During the design phase, Dunaway utilized Lumion software to transform CAD drawings into renderings, allowing zoo staff and stakeholders to truly visualize the completed project. In addition to the new event space and visitor amenities, this 5-acre expansion included new habitats for hippos, rhinos, birds, around a mixed-species habitat that showcases a variety of African animals in one exhibit, highlighted by a giraffe feeding deck.
Another notable feature of African Savanna is the photo worthy hippo exhibit. Featuring a 75-foot long glass wall, the popular attraction provides visitors with panoramic above-water and underwater views of hippos and fish in a river habitat.
The Safari Splash Aquatic Play Park features 4,500 square feet of interactive play area with four slides, a tidal splash bucket, multiple water geysers, waterfall, and other spray elements. Unique features set aside for toddlers includes large-scale animal sculpture slides and spray elements suitable for young children. The site includes four rentable cabanas, restroom and concession building, and a 30-foot hexagonal-covered pavilion.
As part of a 3-acre renovation to the elephant exhibit, the new Elephant Springs includes a new 400,000-gallon pool, multiple expanded yards, and varied environments to serve the Zoo’s Asian elephant herd. Dunaway provided designs for several timber framed viewing structures, boardwalks, and piers to best balance theming, functionality, and structural integrity. Our team also designed a 10,000 square foot addition onto the existing concrete elephant barn and over 2,500 linear feet of animal barrier fencing.
Hunters of Africa & Asian Predators (opening 2023)
Phase three of the Wilder Vision renovation campaign includes tigers, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, lions and multiple bird exhibits. The Dunaway team completed the design at the end of 2020, and construction is currently underway.