Dallas Zoo in United States

Dallas Zoo
Gypsy & Jenny. Dallas Zoo 01/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley
Gypsy & Jenny. Dallas Zoo 01/2010. Photo: © Ryan Easley


Total nrs2000
Number of species406
Number of animals2000
Address Marsalis Park, 621 East Clarendon Drive
Zip-code 75203-2996
Place Dallas
Region Texas
Country United States
Website Website
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Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Karen Gibson
(elephant head-keeper)
-: Walter Carlton
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers
Record history
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Dallas Zoo, located at Marsalis Park, 621 East Clarendon Drive, in Dallas, United States , was founded in 1888.

Living elephants

At the Dallas Zoo lives 8 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Congo born 1978
  2. Gypsy born 1982
  3. Jenny born 1976
  4. Kamba born 1980
  5. Mlilo born 2004?
  6. Okubili born 2023-02-26
  7. Tendaji born 2004?
  8. Zola born 2004?

Comments / picturesIn November 2000, Binti and Keke left the Lincoln Park Zoo together after three years, headed for the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. They spent another three years together until Keke was transferred to the Dallas Zoo as a companion for their lone elephant, Jenny.

Jenny has been at the center of an animal rights fight with the zoo after the death of her exhibit mate Keke in May 2008. After nearly two weeks of treating 39 year old Keke for a severe case of intestinal Colic, the older of the Dallas Zoo´s two elephants passed away. The zoo made plans to send their single elephant to the AZA-accredited Africam Safari in Mexico but officials withdrew the offer. City of Dallas officials determined the new Savanna project could be completed in a timeline of under two years rather than 4-5 years as previously projected and the Zoo learned the export permit application review process could take 6 months or more. Purchased as a companion animal for the single Jenny and the first of several new elephants to reside in a new facility, the Dallas Zoo received Gypsy from private owner Chris Hamblen in March 2009. During the introduction period between the two elephants, Gypsy also made the transition from free to protected contact as per the philosophy of the Dallas Zoo.

In March 2010, the Dallas Zoo purchased two elephants from private owner Doug Terranova. Congo and Kamba joined the zoo\'s other two elephants, Jenny and Gypsy, as part of the zoo\'s new expanded, state-of-the-art Giants of the Savanna facility. Upon their arrival, Congo and Kamba were transitioned from free to Protected Contact per the Dallas Zoo´s management philosophy.

"Jenny, the larger of the two, is also more assertive. Gypsy tends to follow her lead. Jenny was born in Africa in 1976 and has been with the Dallas Zoo since 1986. Gypsy is still a bit shy. It will take time for her to adjust to her new surroundings. She was born in Africa in 1982 and came to the Dallas Zoo in March of 2009 from South Texas. Gypsy lost her tail to an infection when she was six years old. Visit Jenny, Gypsy and other elephants next spring in their new habitat - Giants of the Savanna!" Dallas Zoo Elephant Information Display

References for records about Dallas Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Dallas Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=66. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

Dallas Zoo on elephant-news.com

Dallas Zoo is mentioned on Elephant News:

DateLinks which opens in new window
2008-05-13Dallas zoo mourning loss of 39-year-old elephant - Elephant News
Possible mexico home for elephant jenny impresses - Elephant News
2008-08-02Plans to send elephant to mexico stirs debate - Elephant News
2008-08-13Mexicans warn against sending jenny to their country - Elephant News
2008-08-20Lone elephant to remain at dallas zoo - Elephant News
Activists want dallas elephant to join gerry ii - Elephant News
2008-08-25Jenny the elephant isn't going to mexico, but mexican zoo still wants a say - Elephant News
2008-08-27'jenny's song' created for dallas zoo elephant - Elephant News
2009-03-23Dallas zoo's african savanna to be home to elephants and others - Elephant News
2016-01-22Feds approve elephant import to sedgwick county zoo - Elephant News

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