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Croctoberfest

Croctoberfest

| September 15, 2014

The Dallas World Aquarium is proud to present CROCTOBERFEST, a crocodilian awareness, education, and fundraising event being held on the weekend of October 25th, 2014. Events include a luncheon and lecture with special guests Lonnie McCaskill (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and Dr. Brady Barr (National Geographic), crocodile feeding and training demonstrations, interactive learning stations, “Meet the […]

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AMBASSADORS AT THE DWA

AMBASSADORS AT THE DWA

| July 11, 2014

“Welcome to the DWA” — frequently said by many of our ambassadors as you begin your journey through the rainforest. DWA ambassadors are representatives of goodwill, a position that requires them to be friendly, kind and enjoy helping others. They are typically upper-classmen in high school or college students, eager and willing to represent our […]

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TOO CUTE — Pudu fawn!

TOO CUTE — Pudu fawn!

| July 11, 2014

We want to introduce you to one of the cutest babies at The Dallas World Aquarium — our Southern pudu fawn! This is the second successful breeding of this species at DWA, and although currently off exhibit to the public, that will not always be the case. The Southern pudu (Pudu puda), also known as […]

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IT’S A SQUIRREL? … IT’S AN OPOSSUM? … IT’S A SLOTH?…

IT’S A SQUIRREL? … IT’S AN OPOSSUM? … IT’S A SLOTH?…

| July 11, 2014

The identification of the mammal at the top of our general admissions entrance area seems to stump everyone who sees it. Tree kangaroos are not common in captivity, and with Matschie’s tree kangaroos (Dendrolagus matschiei) being in about two dozen facilities nationwide, they are not often seen by zoo and aquarium visitors. Because Matschie’s tree […]

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TROGONIDAE – Quetzals and Trogons

TROGONIDAE – Quetzals and Trogons

| July 11, 2014

With a bronzy tint to the green colors of its head, bright eyes and calm nature, the Golden-headed quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps) can be found in the humid highland forests in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. These members of the Trogonidae family are solitary birds except during breeding season, when they form […]

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Earth Day 2014 – Iquitos, Peru

Earth Day 2014 – Iquitos, Peru

| July 11, 2014

When the rainy season starts in South America, we know it is time to release another group of rehabilitated orphaned manatees from our Rescue Center in Iquitos, Peru. It is the mission of our staff in Iquitos to do everything possible to see the manatees remain safe and free in their natural environment. We have […]

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Earth Day

Earth Day

| April 17, 2014

On Earth Day 2014 (April 22), for the fourth consecutive year, we will be releasing Amazonian manatees in Peru. After the release, we will provide updates including photos and videos here on the website. At the DWA, we will be emphasizing how everyone can help on a local level with the conservation of pollinators like […]

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Spring into Action for Butterflies

Spring into Action for Butterflies

| April 11, 2014

After what seems like an endless winter, it appears that Spring has finally sprung, and with that, the beauty of flowering plants, budding trees and especially Texas wildflowers. These colorful symbols of Spring provide important habitat for a number of migratory pollinators that call the State of Texas home every year. One of the most […]

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Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

| April 11, 2014

The Blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis) is about 33 inches (84 cm) long, including the length of its tail feathers, and has a wingspan of approximately 36 inches (91 cm). It weighs about 21–35 ounces (595-992 gr). Upperparts are turquoise-blue, underparts are largely bright yellow but the vent is pale blue. The bare facial patch is […]

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Maintaining the Tropics in a Less-Than-Tropical Environment

Maintaining the Tropics in a Less-Than-Tropical Environment

| April 11, 2014

Whether you originated in the Northern states, or are a Texas native, it is safe to assume that we can all come to the same consensus – this winter was a rough one. Aside from the extra layers of clothing and unpleasant driving conditions, subfreezing temperatures and prolonged cold spells are a cause for concern […]

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