Check out what’s happening at Caldwell Zoo! Here you’ll find both recent news and information on upcoming events at the Zoo.


On December 30, 2014, Binti the African elephant passed away after a short illness. Binti (Swahili name meaning "daughter") was born in South Africa in 1978. She came to the Caldwell Zoo from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago in 2000. Binti was easily recognized since she was the zoo's only tuskless elephant. She, like a few other African elephants, was born with no tusks. She will be greatly missed by zoo staff and visitors alike.

As with all animals that pass away at the zoo, a necropsy (animal autopsy) was performed to determine the cause of death. Complete necropsy results will not be immediately available due to tissue and specimen testing.

The necropsy was performed by Caldwell Zoo veterinary and animal care staff.  Preliminary results of the necropsy show that she died from heart disease.


Our little Maximo is growing up quite fast. When you visit the zoo, you'll notice he's just about as large as his parents, but doesn't have a full mane like they do.  He's also easier to spot because he's constantly bouncing around from branch to branch! Golden lion tamarins are critically endangered due to deforestation and fragmentation, as well as the pet trade.


UPDATE: Knox is just about 7 feet tall now and is much more independent. He enjoys venturing out on his own, and even lets his keepers examine him up close.

What’s 5½ feet tall when brand new, weighed 112 pounds at birth, takes 14-15 months to arrive and is cuter than a button?

It’s Knox, Caldwell Zoo’s baby giraffe!  Our little boy was born August 15th and is the son of Mom Cricket and Dad Ramses (Ramses is no longer with us).  Right now, this little one is becoming somewhat more independent and isn't always at mom's side.  And like most young giraffes, he loves to chew on everything.    

Knox loves to be outdoors.  He is often seen running across his enclosure.  It is quite amazing that he can keep all those long legs going in the right direction!  Depending on the weather (they will need to be inside if it is raining or cold) and giraffe cooperation, you should be able to see Knox in his outdoor yard.

Caldwell Zoo saw its first giraffe arrive in 1978.  Since first housing reticulated giraffes here we have had 26 babies born.  Our last giraffe baby, Gus, is now at the zoo in Philadelphia and is father to a little girl.  Caldwell Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Reticulated Giraffe Species Survival Program which is a cooperative breeding program among AZA accredited institutions created for the purpose of ensuring the survival of species in need on conservation efforts.



poison jungle safari

It's time for our ninth annual poison safari. This event is held in cooperation with the North Texas Poison Control Center of Dallas. Booths throughout the zoo will alert adults and children to possible poison dangers in the home.                 March 28, Noon-4:00 p.m.


earth day

Join us as we "party for the planet." The zoo joins local organizations to help all of us learn how we can make every day Earth Day.                                               April 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

enrichment day

Environmental enrichment is an important part of everyday life at Caldwell Zoo. Come see our critters enjoy some extra-special treats.                                          May 2, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

endangered species day

"On May 15, 2015 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will observe Endangered Species Day in order to recognize the national conservation effort to protect our nation's endangered species and their habitats." Join us as we highlight some of the endangered species living at the Caldwell Zoo.                                                May 16, 1:30-4:00 p.m.