The Fort Worth Zoo’s newest habitat, Elephant Springs, received a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Themed Entertainment Association. The habitat is one of only 13 international honorees, and, among the Outstanding Achievement award recipients, the Fort Worth Zoo is the only zoo, the only institution in Texas, and one of only six facilities in the United States to be recognized.
The destination is available for private corporate event rentals and is able to accommodate groups of up to 7,500. Events can include close-up animal encounters and demonstrations, team-building activities, and scavenger hunts. Event rental fees support educational and conservation programs and projects such as Elephant Springs.
The three-generation herd in Elephant Springs roams among varied landscapes, pools (including those out of view), and a 400,000-gallon river in which the animals can fully submerge and swim. Additional elements, such as a climate-controlled environment, indoor and outdoor training spaces, and sand floors provide comfort for the herd. Since establishing its elephant breeding program in 1986, the Fort Worth Zoo has become an international leader in elephant conservation. Elephant Springs is phase two of A Wilder Vision, the four-phase, $130 million capital campaign and building project that adds new species, spectacular natural habitats, merchandise locations, restrooms, and most importantly, new ways for visitors to observe, interact with, and learn about animals.
The zoo, home to nearly 7,000 animals, has been voted a top zoo in North America by USA Today, one of the “World’s Greatest” by BloombergTV, and a Top 10 Zoo or Aquarium by FamilyFun magazine.