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News Release

Dallas Zoo
650 S. R. L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX  75203


News Release


Bonnie Kay Banks
Director of Public Relations

Dallas Zoo animal ambassadors make appearance at the State Fair of Texas

(DALLAS, Texas – Sept. 17, 2021) The Dallas Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Outreach team will be making appearances at the upcoming State Fair of Texas.

   The outreach team, along with at least seven animal ambassadors, will be at a stationary booth inside the Food and Fiber Building over the duration of the fair every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. The animals making an appearance will vary from week to week depending on care needs. Of the 40 animal ambassadors the two-toed sloth Lola and African penguin duo, Sid and Jazz, are expected to make the most frequent appearances.

   The two and a half hour ambassador booth will feature guests both opportunities to interact with smaller animals and view unique animals in an up-close environment. The Zoo’s outreach team and animal ambassadors hope to achieve the goal of educating about the joy of animals and encourage smiles to families experiencing what will be one of the first large events in a post-pandemic world.

  “We’re excited to provide animal experiences face-to-face again,” says Allyssa Leslie, the Animal Adventures outreach team manager. “It’s great to see that when we go out to these events, the animals choose to come out with us because they know they’re safe and it’s interesting for them to go to new places.”


About the Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo aims to inspire and empower visitors to take action on behalf of wildlife in Texas and around the world. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) for 35 years, the Zoo provides a home for more than 2,000 animals representing over 400 species.


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